This PC was my first computer I've built for someone else. My goal was to get enough horsepower under the hood for the system to still be able to handle the newest, highest demanding video games for a decent amount of years to come, at 1080p. As well as be able to handle mildly CPU intensive software like Photoshop, smoothly. Though keeping the price as low as possible was also my main concern, considering I was giving this beauty away. Most parts were bought off Ebay, used; or were on sale/were discounted. Had some old HDDs from past laptops I added in for additional optional storage. After countless hours of comparing and research, this build was the best "convenient" possible performance I could reach with $500. I say convenient because a couple components also could of been done away with, like the wifi card if you're willing to part with it. Incredible price per performance, best that I could piece together. Was also hesitant going AMD. Never have, and never planned to. But the price to performance was way better to go AMD at this price point, as well as the beefier multi-core CPU. Though this build contains old HDDs, the NVME main drive keeps it running lightning quick in most scenarios. This thing out-performs my $1,000 laptop by more than double! And is half the price. And as a requirement for receiving this PC for free, she had to build it herself with my instruction, while I taught her what each part was called and how they function. Wanted her to have that connection with the machine, as well as know how to fix it if anything were to die, or have the ability to upgrade in the future on her own. And yes, she's in love with the Unicorn Barf.
Cheap case, which I expected going into this build. Though admittedly stylish on the exterior, which is what convinced me to buy it. Gotta say, cable management was near impossible with this case. There IS space behind the back panel to route SOME wires. Though the amount of space the back panel offers is less than half an inch. Rendering the possibility of routing your 24-pin through the back impossible, as the wire bundle is too thick. There were other routing problems we ran into, and ultimately had to have a good portion of the wires clearly visible through the glass panel. Certainly not a deal breaker, and I wasn't expected $100+ quality. 4 stars for effort, external style, and affordability.