As the title says, this was my first ever pc build. I was very fortunate to find this site and a few friends at school to provide me with tons of useful advise. So after a couple months and ,some black friday and holiday deals, this is what I was able to complete. I am very proud of my build and the fact that I was able to stay within my budget. This build will mainly be used for school work, listening to music, and gaming. For now I will be playing mostly older games that I was never able to get around to when I was younger, such as Left 4 Dead and Portal, but eventually I am going to be playing modern titles such as Fallout 4. I am confident that my build will handle just about anything I throw at it. In addition to the pc I have a set of audioengine A5+ speakers, an audioengine s8 subwoofer, an audioengine d1 dac/headphone amp, and an LG ultrawide 25" monitor as part of my setup.
CPU: This was an easy choice as I definitely wanted to go with intel and was not interested in overclocking, as I do not feel it will be necessary. The reviews of the cpu are all great and so far it is running very smoothly. I did consider going with a Skylake build but it would have been too hard to stay within my budget.
Motherboard: Went with an mini itx here as I was originally planning on going with a very small silverstone raven case. I was happy with it during the build process though, as everything was a breeze except for connecting the wifi antennas which I was previously told would be difficult. The wifi is working well though so I have no complaints.
Memory: I was able to snag this Ram at a great price as part of a black friday sale
SSD: At first I was planning to skip an SSD because I didnt want to spit out any extra money but I saw this on sale last minute and decided to go for it. I am very happy in my decision as my pc boots up very quickly and I know I would be frustrated if I just went with the hard drive.
HDD: simple and easy decision, good reviews, lots of storage, good value
GPU: Originally I was only going to go with a gtx 960 but enough benchmarks and reviews made me shell out the extra $100 for this beast. It has been running my games smoothly so far but as I said in the intro, I am only playing older titles right now so I can't wait to see how it handles the likes of Fallout 4 and other newer titles
Case: I honestly don't know why I chose this case, which most of my family mistook for a heater, but I love it. It was just big enough to build inside and the handle makes it easy to move around. I love that the power button resembles a car's start button. There seems to be a very good amount of airflow to keep everything running cool. I am running the stock fans and they are not loud at all.
PSU: I actually have the 520W version of the same PSU that is listed. Another no brainer, good price, good quality, fully modular, reliable company
Keyboard and Mouse: picked these up at Best Buy on black friday for a great price. I know they arent the best but I am going to be using an xbox controller for all of my gaming so they get the job done