This was my first ground-up system build. I'd tinkered before, replaced hard drives, PSUs, graphics cards, etc. in other systems, but never built one for myself.
I chose this one because pcpartpicker featured it, had a how-to video (not always helpful, by the way), and had a deal with Newegg that let me get everything at once, from one place, and inexpensively. It won't play the very latest and greatest games, but I don't have time for that anyway.
I love the Fractal Design case but it has its quirks. First, the standoffs are not pre-installed. Second, the screws don't always fit right. I have one standoff that didn't hold its screw well, despite my trying to reset it a few times--fortunately, the case came with extras. The thumbscrews holding the panels on also didn't fit well, so unless I set one of my side panels just right, it stays a little loose. Also, the front panel connectors, both audio and USB are tight--not a little tight, a lot tight. On the flip side, this is a very quiet case. I usually have a fan running in my office anyway for background noise, and with that fan on, I can't hear the computer at all. It was also very easy for meaty-handed me to work in and there's lots of room for expansion.
The Zotac video card is what came in the bundle. May have not been my first choice, but it does the job, and if I'd gone with anything more powerful, I suspect my CPU would have been a bottleneck. Eight gigs is plenty of RAM, though I may add another 8 because I play with virtual machines some.