There are a couple reasons why I chose the amd a10-6790k. I considered going with Intel i5 but decided to go with the more affordable amd. Since I decided on the cheaper of the two, I wanted to get a higher end, newer amd. I chose the APU so that I wouldn't need to buy a video card until I have the time and money and need for better graphics. Also, I got the unlocked amd for obvious reasons, if I want to overclock. As for my motherboard, I tried choosing one that would utilize my processor and leave many options open for expansion. When choosing the other parts, my main goal was to get quality, highly rated, affordable parts. I built this on a budget so I was trying to make a solid PC with many options for expansion down the road when I have the time and money. First thing I'll be adding is another hard drive or maybe a SSD. I did not know anything about pcs prior to deciding to build this so I appreciate any advice. For now, I'll mostly be using this for school (full time student) and I would love to learn more about making and editing music, photography, and gaming. Cheers!