Hello PCPartPicker. This is my first time building a PC. After over a month of eagerly waiting for all of my parts to arrive, I was finally able to build my computer over the course of several hours yesterday and get this baby up and running. It is a long overdue upgrade from a not so great $400 Gateway laptop with an AMD 1.5 GHz APU and no dedicated graphics.
My CPU is the Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3. A good CPU was a priority for me going in. I wanted something that could handle mid-to-high gaming, multi-tasking, and graphic design. Initially, I thought an Intel i7 would be a good choice for a beefy CPU with multi-threading capabilities. However, I was introduced to the Xeon, which is a cheaper, locked i7 with nearly identical specs. As someone who has never even built a PC let alone overclocked, I wasn't super interested in overclocking anyway, and this CPU is more than enough for my needs as is. I don't think I'll need to upgrade my CPU for many, many years.
The motherboard was just a simple no-frills motherboard.
For RAM, I wanted overkill, so I went with 16 GB.
I chose an SSD for my OS and programs for extremely quick boot and loading times, and a hard drive for file storage. At about 750 GB in total, I don't think I need to worry about storage any time soon. My old laptop had less than 150 GB of space used, if that tells you anything about my storage needs.
The video card was a good card for the price, but it is likely the component I will upgrade first if I decide to upgrade in the future.
This case was a no-frills case and to be honest, I love it. I don't have a glass panel and LED lights or water cooling or any of that cool stuff, sure, but for the price you can't beat it. I love that it doesn't have that cheesy gamer aesthetic. It's sleek and simple.
Then of course we have the power supply and a Wi-Fi card. Pretty self-explanatory.
Cable management was tough, and I didn't do a perfect job, but I at least made an attempt and it's not as bad as it could be.
This computer has been a dream come true. I am so happy now that it's built and I was even able to get it up and running the first time with zero issue. I haven't yet tried some of the heavier tasks that I built this machine for, so I am happy to comment and update with information about how this machine does with shaders in Minecraft, Skyrim on some of the higher settings, and so on. Please feel free to leave feedback on this build! :)
EDIT: Shaders are working in Minecraft (http://i.imgur.com/kO6gXTU.jpg) and I'm able to run Skyrim on ultra high settings. So far, this computer is handling every hard task I throw at it without even flinching. I'm so happy I could die.