This is my first personal build to date - and I have learned a lot since I finished it. I chose many of the parts based on newegg.ca top reviews and logical increments. This is a budget rig that could have been better optimized, however I am happy with it. I kind of rushed into this build because I get overzealous when I want something. My research could have been much more thorough. Having said that, I am really pleased with my rig thus far. I am playing new AAA titles at high or ultra settings with 50-60 fps on average.
Before the comments start, I would like to clarify a couple of things:
CABLE MANAGEMENT: I need to improve my cable management, and did it in a bit of a rush. The next time I take apart the rig I will be changing it all around. That includes hiding cables better, utilizing the back panel more and at the same time rotating the CPU cooler now that I realize it could have been arranged horizontally.
AMD FX-8350: I went for this CPU based on the price to performance. I now realize that I may have been better off going with an i5 processor, by adding a bit more budget to this part. All of my research post-build has shown constant Intel bias. While this makes me question my pick for AMD in terms of gaming performance, I have come to the conclusion that this budget build will suit my needs for years to come. The difference of a few FPS is negligible. EDIT: I do plan on overclocking this very soon. I have researched this chip, and know that I can get it to 4.4-4.5 very easily with little voltage increase. I will be doing this in the near future to take advantage of this FX series chip.
CPU Cooler: Yes, I know. This should be horizontally facing, not vertically. But to be honest, my first build was tense and had it's hiccups. This was one of them. If I get a chance to do a tear-down I will obviously position this cooler differently. For now though, my temps are doing very well. Under 100% test load my CPU only hits 58c, so I see no reason to take it apart at this point.
MOBO: This was a no brainer. It has good overclocking potential. This is a solid mobo by Asus.
RAM: I would have been much better off getting two sticks of 8GB. When I built this rig I chose 2x4GB, and then within a months time added a second set to up my system to 16GB.
SSD: This was my first, and probably favorite purchase. The Samsung 850 is a beast SSD, I have my OS and my more demanding AAA titles on this drive.
HDD's: One is left over from my previous rig, and the other is a fresh drive. They are stacked with my media library (music, movies, documents etc.). Both function well and I have no complaints.
GPU: I would have ideally budgeted more money towards the GPU. I really should have gone for a GTX-970. But I have no complaints about the 960 in terms of performance. I am just worried about future proofing and VR.
Case: This corsair case is a solid budget case. I think that my next full build will involve a larger case for a bit more money. The limit with this case is cable management and dealing with large CPU coolers, it's a tight fit.
PSU: I went a little overboard on this pick. I could have taken some of this money and put it towards the GPU. But this is a solid PSU that can handle anything I throw at it - I have confidence in EVGA.
The rest of the build is pretty self explanatory. I think there are some things I would change, and I already have an upgrade in mind involving a CPU/Mobo/GPU. That is a while down the road though.
Give me you honest thoughts, I have tough skin.