This was built... sometime in January 2016, if I remember correctly (so no Pascal for us). It was made by me and my father, with some assistance from my brother. Actually, I wouldn't consider this my first build, because I didn't actually do that much in the building process (I picked out the parts, and helped my father with a few things). My father did most of the work, and the cable management, so really it's his build, and my brother wasn't even going to help us, but he actually did by helping us with the instruction manual on the 212 EVO. I doubt you care, oh well.
I originally wanted this because, well, my laptop was too slow. It was an upgrade from a Toshiba Portege R835-P70 (with an added 4GB RAM, for a total of 8GB), to this insert generic gaming build name. As it's the only game I had on the PC, I used MineCraft (with Optifine and shaders) to "benchmark". But now we have Overwatch so I'll add those numbers if I get to that.
Cable management was okay? I didn't do that much. The father did most of it.
CPU - We wanted the option to overclock, but didn't think we'd need the hyper-threading (since the original purpose was just to game). So we got the 6600k, but we still haven't overclocked.
CPU Cooler - It had very good reviews, and I trust the PCPP community. Also, it was within our price range.
Motherboard - I, not knowing much about overclocking, picked an H110 (I think that was the chipset's name) mobo. Luckily, the guy who helped us find stuff at the MicroCenter, told us we should get a Z170 mobo. He picked out this one. Now that I know more about PCs in general, I'd say I should have chosen a different mobo, as the Pro4 only has four (including the stock frequency) frequencies to overclock at.
Memory - We just got an 8GB kit, because we figured we wouldn't need more. I think we might add another kit for 16GB.
Storage - I don't really need to justify this one. It's a standard for HDD.
Video Card - Probably was overkill, for what games we had at the time. But, I was absolutely sick of GPU-lag, hence this for MineCraft. (I didn't know how well this would perform.)
Case - I was originally thinking of the n200, but since we switched mobos, we had to get this one instead.
Power Supply -
It's not like we actually need an 80+ Gold and fully modular PSU, right? I lie, yet again. I didn't see 80+ Gold PSUs, that wouldn't make the total cost go above 1K (including keyboard and monitor, that was our budget). So I was like, an 80+ Bronze can't be that bad, right? And he said it should be modular, but it wasn't. But I guess I can't complain, since I didn't do any cable management.
I have an AOC monitor, IPS, 1080p, 60Hz, 21.5" That's what it says on the box. I'm not sure that it actually is IPS, because the colors are barely better from the side than my laptop's display which isn't IPS, and is very old. I'm not sure if it was worth it, but "oops, too late".
Great. Very fast, haven't OC'ed yet, though. Pretty big difference from the i5-2410M.
One flaw: Confusing instruction manual, and (not a flaw) it barely fit in the case.
Some things were hard to find, but otherwise it's nice. Navigable BIOS. Unfortunately, it appears it won't give you much freedom in terms of overclocking, as it shows four frequencies (including stock).
At first, I wanted dual-channel 16GB, but whatever. The motherboard has 4 slots, so I can get another of the same kit. No RAM problems, so far (then again, I didn't have any on the laptop, either).
Reliable, fast, no problems. Highly rate.
Performs amazingly. Of course, now it isn't worth it anymore, due to newer graphics cards being released. cough cough Pascal cough cough Polaris
I hate my luck.
Pretty solid case.
Has a really quiet fan. When we put it in the case and checked if it was working, we thought it wasn't working, because we couldn't hear the fan. (The fan was facing down.)
No problems with it. (Other than being non-modular, but we didn't really have many problems with cable management.)