This is my first build and it went painstakingly smooth. I was afraid of not putting an optical drive in because the only other computer I have is my MacBook which would have made installing Windows a problem. I did it anyway and a friend let me use his PC to format my flash drive and my computer booted on the first try. Honestly, if i can do this anyone can.
This rig will be used primarily for gaming and watching tv (it replaces my HD cable box that costs 12 bucks a month to rent).
I went with AMD because I'm not going to be doing any content creation and the price at Microcenter for the processor and motherboard was ridiculous. I went with the 970 because it's an animal at 1080p and that's what I'll be playing and watching at. I purchased everything at Microcenter except for the ram and SSD, I purchased those from Amazon.
The parts went together seamlessly and even though pcpartpicker says the S340 and H80i are incompatible, the cooler fit fine without any issues.
I plan on adding another SSD as soon as I save up for it and going with a 39" tv for a monitor works out great for me. I can now lay in my bed and watch movies or sit up and play games.
Thanks for reading.