Hey, I'm interested in building my own PC, and decided to challenge myself by setting a price limit of $450. What components would you buy to accomplish this? Few things...
1)Needs an OS
2)Can be any form factor
3)I am partial to AMD and ATI, but not married to these brands
Thats $425 with shipping, then you get $45 MIR. If you want to get better performance out of your CPU, then buy an aftermarket heatsink and OC, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... although with the stock HSF you could do a moderate OC to like 3.2 or so.
That configuration will have to use onboard video, which is good enough to run your OS and simple programs, but if you want to play games then you are going to have to get a discrete GPU. Something like this could work for some light gaming on low-GPU intensity games: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And that would give you a grand total of $448.91 which is not too bad. That funky looking case should be o.k for this build. If you were not going to use this for gaming then I would say just use the onboard video for now, get a better PSU, an SATA burner, and 4GB of RAM. If you are going to game then you will need a dedicated video card and for this budget you can't do much better than that overclocked 3850. I would probably go with a better PSU myself as it would be just $5 more to go with