I started this build with no real budget in mind but instead with certain parameters. I wanted a smaller foot print considering I was coming from a "desktop replacement" type laptop. I wanted something fast, up-gradable and with plenty of storage (though I will probably never use more than 20-25% of it). I do not game much (though I did purchase a few older games to try out with this system (Spec Ops and Shadow of Mordor)) and the computer will be mostly used for daily tasks (finances/school/some take home work) and messing around. I feel I accomplished what I set out to do.
This all started with the recent passing of my brother who was in his mid-thirty's. We grew up being opposites in likes/dislikes but stayed close. He liked Star Trek and Star Wars and I liked Sports (to put it into basic terms). He had a passion for computers and we always talked about the latest and greatest technology and that one day, I like him, would build my own. He had built many "powerhouses" and loved his hobby. After his passing, I was moved to finally but my money/time where my mouth is and build a desktop. I used his OS and Ram from an old system of his, so that was free for me. I had a lot of fun doing this and plan to build another in the short term future with my son over the summer.
CPU- Chosen for price/performance and not needing an overclocking beast
CPU Cooler - was originally the 212 EVO, but someone on this site recommended the H7 and I couldn't be happier with its performance.
Motherboard- Originally bought a B85 chipset board, but found a deal on this one.
Storage- SSD for OS and Mechanical for backups
Graphics Card- Originally bought the R7 360, but wasn't too thrilled with the performance...for $40 more I got a better card, though for $40 more than this one, I could get an even better card.....this can go on and on and on.
Case- It was this or the Node 804, but I liked the versatility and functionality of this case (can rotate the front ports or the case for that matter, any way you want; just about). Only thing I do not is the cable management system....there is none.
Power Supply- Very quiet and supply's more than I need; 5 year warranty.
This build was done in two stages (as you see in the pictures)...I bought the R7 360 first and decided to switch it out for a GTX 950 and add a 1TB WD Blue drive. From first part purchased to the finish build was approx. 3 weeks. I did not have any real issues during build and installation and the system is fairly quiet for the case being as open as it is (only solid panel is the window).