Budget Gaming PC Questions

I would try to find some way to squeeze a SSD into his budget, because that's the thing that will make him go "holy crap, this thing is FAST!" Even a small, cheap one just for the OS and programs would probably impress him a lot.

Does Microcenter have any combos of this CPU with an H110, B10, or H170 board instead of a Z170? That might shave off a few bucks. The only other room for savings I see is to get a less expensive PSU (although that one is pretty sweet!). Maybe a non- or semi-modular one in the 400-450W range? The one you've picked out is fantastic, but for a budget build it's on the luxurious side.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $109.99
Motherboard ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $59.99
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $29.98 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Other RX 480 - expected US MSRP $220.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $602.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-13 13:59 EDT-0400
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