Project Carbon Elite by Spiral Case Mods
This project was the result of the need to build with limited funds. Building gaming PC's has become my hobby and my passion. I frequent PCPartPicker, BuildaPCSales Reddit and Youtube constantly consuming content about newest PC components and sales. My original goal is to piece together a PC for less than $400 that would blow away my previous Golden Elite Build. This was the result, a PC I can be proud of for just over $400. All prices include shipping and sales tax.
Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.8Ghz. I was able to price match a $99 Microcenter sale at Best Buy. Not a bad price for 6 core 12 thread processor.
Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite. Purchased this around Black Friday 2018. I actually bought a used Asus motherboard off of Ebay for $38 which would have put me under the $400 goal I was looking for but I was sent an AM3+ instead of the advertised AM4. This is a damn good board for the price, I'm happy with it.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2x4gb). Purchased this new on Ebay with a $20 coupon I received for selling my Playstation 3. I know kinda cheating. The price should be $20 more...Still best price I could get.
Kingston A400 120gb. Every new PC needs an SSD for windows and a few programs. This one on Amazon did the trick. Not the fastest SSD, but certainly faster than any HDD I've owned.
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB. Bought this used on Ebay. For $20 it works for holding games and documents.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4gb. Bought used on Ebay for $68 plus shipping. Unbelievable price for a great 1080p card.
Deepcool Matrexx 55 Add-RGB. This is one kickass budget case. Not the heaviest steel construction and the breakaway PCI slots are lame, but looks beautiful. Was able to hook up the front RGB stripe the fan controller for syncing.
Corsair CX 450W 80+ Bronze. It supplies power...for less than $19. Has a decent warranty just in case.
darkFlash Aurora DR12 fans. Really nice budget fans that come with a controller with additional RGB headers. Was able to connect to motherboard sync and use RGB fusion 2.0 software. Looks beautiful.
Other - Used acrylic and vinyl sheets. Used a cricut vinyl cutter in the photos.