This was my first time building a PC. I spent a considerable amount of time researching to find the most cost effective parts in my price range. I did not want to exceed $1,000, and after finding some pretty good deals I was able to achieve that. I will be using this computer for gaming, every day use, and eventually possibly some media and music production. I think this should be able to last 5-6 years until upgrades are needed.
Reasons for my part decisions My ASUS Z170-AR motherboard was only $97 with an open box.
Since I got such a great deal on that, I decided to go with an SSD and HDD. I put my operating system on the SSD. It allows for instant load times and Windows is up when I turn my screen on.
I was originally going with a smaller/cheaper video card, but I decided to go with the Gigabyte Radeon R9 380x after recommendations it was a better performer than the GeForce 960 and R9 380. It's probably the best card you can find for under $250. Plus, it looks very cool with the blue "WINDFORCE" and "SILENT" lights.
I did not need a very high wattage PSU, but I definitely wanted to go gold certified here to stay energy efficient.
I have 16GB of memory with the blue G.Skill Ripjaws V series. They look very nice and easy to install.
My case is not on here, because it is a fairly new product. I purchased on Newegg, and for the price, it looks and feels very nice. The cable management was not difficult, as there is room in the bottom for excess cables coming off the PSU, and the side door leaves some room. Both sides are easy to take on and off, and it even came with different color screws.
The only hiccups I had with this build were: I had to run out and get SATA cables since they didn't come with any of my parts. One for the hard drive and another for the solid slate drive. I had to buy non-right angle (straight to straight) after realizing they were impossible to plug into the mobo and SSD lying flat against the case.
The PSU to mobo 8 pin cable was nearly too short to reach. It almost clears the mobo for no show, but not quite.
Installing Windows 10 onto the Samsung EVO SSD was the most difficult part. It took me 3+ hours, because I was getting an error and had to troubleshoot by looking for resolutions on forums from people with similar problems. Once I was able to get this to work, I updated all my drivers and successfully updated my ASUS mobo with a USB drive a couple days later.