I used to build, repair, and upgrade PCs as a hobby growing up. I haven’t really bothered with PC gaming or building for nearly ten years because I got used to console gaming and having laptops for everything else. Also, with the convenience of smartphones and tablet PCs, there really wasn’t much need in my life for a dedicated PC till now. I built it as a home media center/mid tier gaming system. I am not ready to jump into the PS4/XB1 foray and find nothing either side offers interesting as of yet. So till then, this PC will tide me over just nicely.
I went with an economy build which set me back about $400 because I had some parts on hand already from other things. I probably could’ve gotten the same things cheaper in the US, but I had to buy all my stuff in Japan, mostly online. I think the system screams and plays 3D games well enough on my Sony Bravia 1080p 42 inch display. It’s good enough for me, and that’s all that matters.
AMD A8-6600 3.9ghz APU with Radeon HD 8570D graphics on shared memory
MSI A78M-E35 motherboard SATA3
DDR3-1866 8gb of RAM
LG 16x Blu-ray multi-writer
1TB Western Digital SATA HDD (used to be external)
Transcend 128gb SSD SATA3
Mini/Micro ATX/ITX case with 300 watt PSU (gets the job done)
Windows 8.1 64bit PRO (had a key from the initial launch sale)
It's a bit cramped inside as I opted for a micro case, but I think I did a good job routing the cables and wires. Airflow is good enough and the PC under load doesn't go above 75c. Not bad for its compact size. I don’t plan on overclocking or doing anything fancy for a while. If I want to expand, I can drop a better CPU/heat sink into it or even get a larger case and an additional graphics card to run in parallel with the APU.