my first attempt at building a computer. when I told my IT guy at work that it was time to replace my 6 year old core duo HP laptop, he said that I could build a really good unit for less than I was planning on spending for something off the shelf. he was right. I really like what built.
Everything here was purchased on Amazon. I could have saved a few dollars by shopping around but since this was my first, I didn't want the hassles of multiple companies' return policies if I had a problem. so I paid a premium to get Amazon to back them up if needed.
there were only a couple of things that gave me any problems. when I was connecting the case led power to the adapters to connect it to the motherboard, as I was connecting it to the motherboard, heard a "ting" and saw laying on the bottom of the case a gold connector pin (see picture). after I unclenched, I started looking around and discovered it was an unused pin from the adapter. no harm, no foul. but I was sweating for a minute.
the other issue was hooking up the auxiliary power to the motherboard. both the psu and the auxiliary power were 8 pin and the cable was a 8 pin / 4+4 pin. and it took a little bit to figure out which way it went (8 pin to the mobo and the 4+4 to the psu)
so far I'm not real crazy about the keyboard so that'll probably end up in the closet.
other than that, it's great. windows 8 loads in about 11 seconds off of the ssd.