This is my first (and a half?) build. This was my first build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ngr I built back in February of 2014. I was extremely happy about it, it was the very first computer I built and played all my games perfectly. A couple of weeks later my younger brother's computer (HP Desktop) broke down because the motherboard fried and HDD was broken, was unable to boot. So I gave most of my parts to him.
Kept my SSD, hard drive, DVD Drive and most importantly the graphics card. Before I handed my computer, I saved money over the month and bought new parts. Apart from the accessories and parts listed above, I basically bought a whole new computer build. Was excited to get back to building another computer!
CPU: I was originally going to pick the i5 4670K for my first build but couldn't exactly fit in my budget. This time I got the money and got it for $240, $20 off original (here in Canada!)
Cooler: I honestly got this just for appearance. I would've done research on which cooler to get. I was eyeing the Hyper 212 and slapping the SP120s I currently use, but it'll look ugly through my windowed case. It would've also limit my RAM and possible future memory upgrades.
Motherboard: Again, I kinda bought this for its appearance. Saw it got good reviews and is great for overclocking.
Memory: Once again, bought it for appearance. Pretty popular as I see it all the time in other completed builds. Works great.
Storage: Re-used my SSD, HDD and bought a second WD Caviar Blue 1TB for extra storage.
GPU: At the time, this was on sale from the original price of $300 (again, Canadian prices!) saved the $30 and picked it up. Ran all my games on 1080p with pretty acceptable frames, most at 60FPS, some dip down to around 40. Either way I was pretty happy. Overclocked it a couple of weeks ago and gained some extra FPS.
Case: This case is amazing. It is extremely quiet, you couldn't even tell if it was on. Great design as well! Loving the minimalist look, even with the windowed version. Cable management is also well done, I can fit most of the bulk behind the motherboard.
PSU: Should've done more research here as well. I picked it up out of no where while I picked up the new parts. I was definitely looking for a fully modular power supply so that was good. I was originally going to get the 600B from EVGA but I it wasn't modular. This was sitting right next to it and I picked it up. I knew it was a lot more expensive but that saying "never skimp on the power supply"popped in my head and I just had to get it. Good for future builds too I guess.
Optical Drive: Spend $17 on this, when I bought my first build. Should've left it out as now I have no remaining 5.25 bays left :(
Other: Got Windows 8.1 for $60, working great and much faster than 7 imo. Monitor I bought is also great, though the stand is super wobbly, might mount it soon. NZXT was on sale so I wanted to get it. Doesn't do much but now I can see good work I did inside the case. Mouse and keyboard were also on sale at a great price, picked them up right away.
Overall: Happy with this final build. Learned my mistakes. Regretted the first time and could've saved money here and there. Little research might of helped but oh well. I'm happy.