Built my first desktop today after my laptop got stolen. Wanted to keep it a $500 budget which I was successful at (disregarding the monitor). Almost all the parts I bought have rebates which I don't mind since I haven't gotten denied a rebate yet (knocks on wood). The prices listed on the 'Part List' are the prices after tax and after rebate (if it gets accepted).
I plan on using this for learning cad such as Solidworks, ProE, Catia, MATLAB, and sometimes I'll game. Although I don't game as much on computer as I used to (moved form PC to PS3 and now maybe back to PC...?).
CPU/MOBO: I got the FX-6350 and the Motherboard together as part of the Microcenter bundle deal. +$10 Rebate
Memory: The memory I got on sale from Newegg that each came with a $20 rebate.
Storage: I have an old WD 1TB external hard drive from Black Friday 2010 or 2011 that I ended up using to save some cash. Although its 5400 rpm, it does what it does, stores stuff. May upgrade in the future or grab an SSD when they're cheaper.
Video Card: Got this during a Newegg sale that also comes with a rebate. Haven't tested how it performs with CAD or games yet. +$30 Rebate
Case: Got the 200R since I heard it's a pretty good case. I like it! If I waited I probably could have gotten this cheaper. Came with a $10 rebate from Fry's.
Power Supply: Decided on not getting a modular PSU to save money. Got from Newegg and includes a $30 rebate.
Monitor: Got this during a sale eCost had on eBay. Comes with a $25 rebate.
Impression: It's a lot faster than my laptop at least! It's a bit loud for my liking. The CPU fan goes crazy ranges from 3000-4000 RPM most of the time I'm just browsing the internet. Might need to upgrade to an aftermarket fan or get some case fans? What do you guys think? I will update this post when I get to finishing and testing out everything.