This was my first time ever building a PC. I wanted something that could decently play video games, nothing super hardcore (WoW, CS GO, Fallout, Diablo etc.) as well as some programming, and so far it seems to do just that! I was late creating this, the prices aren't really accurate I did a lot of shopping on black Friday / cyber Monday so you can probably scrape 100 - 150 bucks off the cost.
My girlfriend and I put it together, and it was a first time doing something like this for either of us and honestly it definitely had it's frustrations but overall I it was a good experience! The only bad thing really was trying to get the CPU cooler in... I was able to put the mount onto the motherboard fine but when we were trying to place place the Hyper T4 on the mount with retention clip is where there were problems. There was a little lip on the mount where the retention clip had to hook onto either side but on one side it was so close to the built in heat sink on the motherboard it honestly took us like an hour.. After that it was super smooth. Just had to reference in the manual where things had to be plugged into the motherboard.
Intel Core i5-4690k - I got this because I have always heard that an i7 is overkill for what I would be using the computer for so why bother going higher than the i5. I got the unlocked version in hopes that I will eventually try overclocking.
Cooler Master Hyper T4 - Got this aftermarket to pretty much protect my investment. I have seen in different threads that the stock cooler from the CPU would be enough but honestly if I can make sure it won't cook for 25 bucks then why not.
MSI z97 PC MATE - Good price, supports overclocking if I decide I want to play around with it.
G.Skill Ripjaws x Series - 8GB of ram is lots , it's ram.
Samsung 850 EVO 120gb - Got it basically for my OS, running windows 8.1 and it boots up super quick.
WD 1TB - It saves my stuff.
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB - I didn't really want to go all out on the graphics card but I wanted something that would have a good frame-rate.. Honestly there is no regrets buying this graphics card. As I mentioned above I don't think I am playing anything super graphically intensive but anything that I have played I am getting great results. Not sure on the exact FPS but there isn't a bit of noticeable lag.
Corsair SPEC-02 - Very nice looking case, front end USB, came with two fans and some red led's. Fit's everything fine and has good cable management ( It was late at night and I kind of wanted to get it done and over with, I spent no effort and trying to manage the cables and I tell myself everyday I should fix them but I haven't gotten around to it yet..).
Cosair 430W - I know, i know. I wasn't very concerned when purchasing the parts for my machine about the amount of power it might eat up and I was just content with pcpartpicker saying my wattage would be around 370 max. Well all I can say is I have been running my machine for about a month now and I have had 0 issues with any of the hardware including this so I cannot say that I am unhappy with it. Being as it is a low wattage I am nervous to overclock though so this will be my first upgrade having that said.
Rosewill RNX-N250PCe - I get internet, not sure if it was a compatibility issue with windows 10 or just windows 10 itself. I initially had windows 10 and could not stay connected to the internet. Once I installed 8.1 I had 0 issues.
Keyboard/Mouse - Paid like 30 bucks for them , plus there was a rebate. Lights are nice and they feel nice to use. Keyboard can be kind of noisy though. Nothing I cannot live with.
BenQ 24.0" 2ms - Great monitor. Very satisfied and I only paid $170 CAD with Amazon Prime so shipping was nothing either. Only down side is I find it hard to work with the screen of my laptop now :D
Overall very pleased with my machine. Handles everything I throw at it. Doesn't seem to work too hard either, can never feel any amount of heat coming off it. Only thing I intend on upgrading in the near future is the power supply.
I guess I put it back together too quickly to snag a shot of the video card, I will try and remember to update.