I've been using the same pc with integrated graphics for the past 7 years, and it was time to upgrade... The goal was to be as cheap as possible, but still get decent performance for light gaming etc. THIS is a true budget build. Everything was bought black Friday and then I got it for Christmas and then it was built. The case and hard drives were re-used from my old computer. The old motherboard and things I might turn into a htpc but that's a project for another time.
Sorry about the cables... This case is old and it doesn't really have any features to aid in cable management... That's the best I could do, it looks better than before. Also, this is my first build so suggestions are welcome.
Having a dedicated graphics card for the first time was awesome. Don't hate on the GT 630. This thing takes everything I throw at it and it's working perfectly fine for light gaming with no problems. I used to get ~15 fps on league of legends with very low settings, and now I get 100 fps on very high. Used to get ~20 fps on minecraft with low render distance and low settings, now I get ~300 with everything maxed. Sometimes I can get over 500 fps in minecraft. Battlefield 4 I can get a steady 30-60 fps on medium settings, good enough for me. Here you can compare the Ice Storm scores from my old computer to my new one: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/is/1228776/is/1348364 I get ~1000 on firestrike and ~5000 on cloud gate in case anyone wants to know.
New speccy screenshots: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7gfCkumvFHhNGw1bFhIWldNcEU&usp=sharing
Old computer speccy screenshots: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7gfCkumvFHhYlhiOGtWY3J4VWs&usp=sharing
CPU - It was a cheap quad-core, lots better than my old 2.5GHz duel-core. My only problem is that it can get pretty hot with the stock heatsink and fan.
Motherboard - It was cheap, everything worked well. An extra ram slot free for upgrading.
Memory - Who could pass up this deal... I mean, come on. I'm loving 8gb of ram coming from a computer with only 2gb. I can actually multitask instead of doing only one thing at a time. It's nice.
Video card - I wanted something cheap but with good performance, so this was the middle ground. It works great and my expectations were surpassed. Got the core clock up to 1050 MHz and memory clock to 2000 MHz with the included GPU tweak program. For a fan less gpu it's stayed pretty cool, and 100% silent.
A new video card will probably be a future upgrade, and I can put this gt 630 in my other computer which is similar to the one that this replaced. Maybe a SSD but I don't find that necessary. I'm probably going to get a aftermarket CPU cooler because the stock one isn't very good at all.
EDIT: Speccy had wrong temps... GPU clock speed is higher now and my CPU is now overclocked at 104x35 which keeps me around 3.6GHz.