Alternative: (use of Combo specials)CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
($84.74 @ Amazon)Motherboard + PSU Combo: Asus A55BM-A/USB3 + Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular
($118 @ Newegg)Memory + GPU Combo: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 + MSI Radeon R7 260 1GB
($201 @ Newegg)Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($59.99 @ Newegg)Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case
($29.99 @ Amazon)Total:
$467 shipped. $447 after MIR
If you don't need the space, there are always 120GB SSDs for ~$70 these days (swap for mechy drive), and if you need an optical drive, I recommend salvaging one if possible, otherwise just snag the cheapest SATA ODD out there.
If you want the machine to be a bit more overclocking ready I would suggest dropping the mobo+PSU combo there and opting for a Biostar A88M ver 6.2 instead (~$65). It's probably the best performance tuning motherboard under $85. Then just switch to the non-modular version of the Capstone and the price should be about the same. (with the A88M and a ~$30-50 investment in a CPU cooler later on, you can clock that 760K to 5ghz pretty easily)
If you have access to a microcenter, then scrap this whole idea and do an AM3+ build with an FX-6300+UD3P.
Note: Be careful with PCpartpicker builds that are thrown together without accounting for shipping and MIRs, the total price often fails to account shipping for some items and INCLUDES the MIR discounts. You can wind up floating far over the goal budget if too many items don't have their actual "to the door price" factored into the price "quote."Edited by mdocod - 3/12/14 at 8:57am