Built this PC for my wife, she is an artist and uses Adobe Illustrator and PS for editing, so we splurged heavily on the monitor. Otherwise just a casual (non-gaming) user so tried to get decent parts without overkilling it.
Zippy Skylake CPU, would recommend for any build that wants current technology with Intel quality that isn't ultra-high end. Even have an i3 (prior generation) on my gaming rig and it works great (after all, let your GPU do most of the heavy lifting there).
Cheapest board I could find that has DisplayPort. So far so good, though installation was tricky for two reasons:
1) The CPU mount has two crescent metal parts that make you think somehow they came loose and the back of the metal tension rod should be INSIDE when infact it's meant to be OUTSIDE. Tried like mad to get them to hook AROUND the rod but it's just really weird shaping.
2) Even though the guide shows that the RAM slots have a clasp that opens and closes on both ends, in fact only one end does that. I felt like I was going to break the RAM stick shoving it in. I guess they did it to save space given the size of the board, but I definitely felt like I was going to break something.
After installation performance has been great.
Cheap RAM from a reputable brand. People who pay extra for cool looking RAM... I just don't get. It's inside of your PC... who sits there staring at RAM sticks while on the computer? Anyway G Skill is solid and this didn't disappoint.
Didn't want to shell out for a full SSD and this puppy is doing the trick. The firmware learns your most used programs and puts those on the SSD portion of the drive, so after a few reboots Windows 10 is loading in a matter of seconds. Definitely worth it, you won't even realize you don't have a full SSD. That said I have a lot of high res scans and photos, if you can get by with less space you can probably get a < 480 GB full SSD for the same price.
This guy is huge for a mini ITX case, but my wife wanted a white case so the options were limited. Would definitely recommend for a small form factor gaming rig as there is plenty of room for a GPU. The top and bottom "legs" or open loops, whatever you want to call them, are a little on the flimsy side, which is unfortunate as you can essentially rock the thing while it's on the ground with just a slight touch. Might try adding some rubber or felt feet to the bottom and see if that helps. Wouldn't put me off from buying it, but just an irritant. If fans start really working I hope it doesn't rattle.
Got this bad boy for $25 after mail in rebate (fingers crossed that I actually get the rebate...). For a rig without a GPU you really don't need a 500W+ PSU, in fact I probably only needed more like 300W but it's hard to find small PSUs. As this is Bronze rated you're also getting what I would consider the base entry to PSUs (don't go beneath it). It's whisper quiet so far on a ~110W load. Love the modularity, that plus the smaller wattage goes great with a mini-ITX build.
I would have purchased Windows 7 had Microsoft not recently announced that they're stopping support of that OS in the very near future. So far my assessment of Windows 10 is that Microsoft has removed a lot of the customization in the spirit of "we know better." For example: Windows Updates are now automatically downloaded and installed, no option otherwise (this could be awful if you're in the middle of a game and watch your latency spike). A lot of the default settings send your data to Microsoft to "improve your experiences" so you'll do a lot of turning that stuff off. To be honest it just seems like a bunch of Microsoft bloatware and Windows 7 had a baby. I liked Windows because unlike iOS I could tinker with it to be exactly what I wanted, and a lot of that has been removed.