This is my first build and I was surprised how well it went. I want to say thank you to all the other users on this site. Your input and comments on other completed builds really helped me put this together. I wasn't going to post anything originally, but I decided to do it anyway. I'm hoping to get more input on my build and any other helpful comments about what I did wrong and what I did right.
So far, the machine is fantastic. No serious issues of any kind besides some software problems with Windows 10. However, since this is my first time using Windows 10, I'll chalk it up to user error. I decided to go with MSI when it came to the motherboard and gpu. The motherboard is loaded with helpful software for setting up the computer, overclocking, and monitoring temps (which have never climbed over 70° C). I was worried that the Cooler Master Hyper 212 wouldn't be a strong enough cooler because most other builders seemed to go with the Corsair liquid coolers. However, it has held up well so far. I know most people hate this case and it was actually the first thing I bought on this list. I was going to try and return it and get a different one, but honestly it has grown on me. It had some nice simple features that made the build process just a little easier.
Most of my decisions came down to balancing between value and performance and I think I did alright for my first one. Additionally, you may notice some additional parts in the pictures that I didn't list. I didn't list leftover part from my old PC, such as the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I also purchased some additional SATA 90° locking cables online for my optical drives that aren't listed.