I decided I wanted to build a desktop PC because I was tired of sending in my Lenovo Y50 in for repair (avoid Lenovo laptops, IMO. I've had 4 different models in for repair in the last 18 months, two of which were in for repair at least 3 times for hardware failures). Plus, laptops have inferior GPUs (or at least, seem to become obsolete much faster), so I decided I wanted something decent that would last longer, and have the ability to upgrade easily in the future. I also recently acquired a Ultra Wide 1440p monitor, so I wanted something that could power some 1440p gaming.
First I purchased a MSI B150I Gaming AC motherboard. That motherboard had coil whine, so I am returning it. I'm sort of glad that happened, because the ASUS B150I motherboard I got instead has some better features (USB C port, RGB LED Strip), and is virtually the same price.
Try Jet for parts. Prices are generally higher, but are sometimes cheaper with the first-time user promo discounts (15-20% off, up to $25 off). Otherwise, try make purchases with a credit card that has price matching, so you can get a refund if you see a better price in the coming months.
I first purchased the MSI 1070 Gaming GPU. Unfortunately I did not pay attention to the width/height of the card (~5.5"), so there was no clearance for the power cables to plug in with this case (Core V1). I did not want to have to buy any special low-profile cables or make modifications to the case, so I am returning the card with my credit card benefit (Newegg has a replacement-only return policy for GPUs), and got the FE card, which is 1" shorter. The Gigabyte Gaming 1070 also would've fit in this case (despite the case dimensions saying otherwise for the length), but it was not available at the time, so I ordered the FE card instead. I would probably recommend trying the Gigabyte card if you are reading this now (it is $20 cheaper than the FE). However, the FE card seems pretty good so far. The fan is pretty silent (despite always being on, about 1100rpm idle), and I imagine it runs a little hotter, but I don't mind the looks of it. I would've liked the logo to be RGB color customizable like the non-FE cards, though (and fan-off during idle).
Good for my needs. More energy-efficient than the K version, and the stock cooler is perfectly adequate since I'm not overclocking.
So far so good. Has a cool customizable RGB LED strip along one side. Has a WIFI adapter antenna with a magnet to attach to the top or side of the case. No coil whine, unlike the MSI counterpart that I had originally purchased.
Runs a little warmer than the non-FE cards, and the fan is always on (idle around 1000rpm). Fan is very silent, though, and the performance has been great!
Excellent, affordable, small, mITX case. Fits full size PSU and GPU. Some GPUs are too tall/wide though! Avoid GPUs that are over 5" wide (for example, the MSI Gaming 1070 is 5.5" and there is no room to plug in the power cables). The case WILL fit cards such as the Gigabyte Gaming 1070 lengthwise. however (which is longer than the case specs said will fit).
Fan-off when idle. So far so good. Powers my mITX build with a GTX 1070.
Sweet. Does have some light bleed though, in darker rooms (slightly blue in one corner, while the opposite side is slightly orange).