Sorry in advance if this is lengthy, I've got some basic info up first then I have a little about each part below. This is my first custom built pc that I have done. I was basically aiming for a mid-range pc that didn't break the bank. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I was a Windows user for most of my life, but I switched over to Mac as my main OS for the past 8 years. I was using various versions of Windows on secondary computers during that time but fully considered myself a Mac user. So now it was time for me to get a new computer and I really didn't want to pay the "apple tax" so I figured I would build my own because it's something I always wanted to do and I can get much better performance for half the price. I was aiming to get some of the best performance for my needs, while also future proofing for possible upgrades, at a price around $700-$800 total. I'm very happy with the results. As you can see I don't have a graphics card because this is not a gaming machine (probably will add one eventually, but nothing crazy). It's mainly used for daily computing, document editing, photo editing, and some light video editing.
I got all of my parts on Newegg, Amazon, and Jet. Once everything arrived the actual building of the computer didn't take me too long. The most time consuming part was the cable management which I'm pretty happy with for my first time ever dealing with this. I will be making some adjustments the get it just right but for now it's pretty good. I can't stand messy cables.
Now on to the parts.....
CPU - Intel Core i5-6600 3.3ghz I took a while to decide on the processor I was going to use. I spent a lot of time figuring out Intel or AMD, then which generation of Intel, then which version of that generation. I went with the 6th Gen i5 (skylake) because it's the newest and seemed to be a good choice for future proofing. I don't really have any interest in over clocking so I didn't spend the extra money to get the 6600K instead I went with the 6600. I ordered it on jet.com because they give 15% off your first order.
Motherboard - Asus Z170-K This was also another part that took me a long time to find. After looking at a ridiculous amount of motherboards I finally settled on the Z170-K. It's got all the ports I need, including usb 3.1, it was within my budget, and it will be good if I eventually start doing some gaming.
Memory - 16GB G.skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2133 I picked the Ripjaws basically because I wanted 16GB of RAM and it had the best price/ratings.
Storage - SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB, Western Digital Blue 1TB For my storage I wanted an SSD along with an HDD. The plan is to basically have the OS and some frequently used programs on the SSD and then a decent amount of pictures and videos on my HDD. I got the SanDisk because it had good ratings, was the capacity I wanted, and was in my budget. I got the Western Digital 1TB drive because I've had good luck with WD drives in the past.
Case - Thermaltake Versa H21 Window My case took me a while to choose as well. I wasn't looking for a cheap case but I didn't want to devote a crazy amount of my budget for it. Basically I was looking for a case with a window that would fit my needs. I found the thermaltake case on a combo deal with my SSD and a rebate so I chose it.
Power Supply - Corsair CX600M I'll probably get some hate for getting a CX but honestly this isn't a super high powered gaming rig. I wanted something with decent reviews that was modular and this fit the need. If I ever decide to turn this in to a gaming pc I will change the psu.
Monitor - HP 22cwa 21.5" I was looking for a budget monitor around the price of $100 and I came across this on amazon. It's a good looking monitor with a 1080p resolution.
Optical Drive - LG CD/DVD GH24NSC0B I originally did not plan on getting an optical drive but I occasionally use an external one so I figured I would just spend the few dollars on a cheap one so I didn't need to plug my external drive in ever.
Case fan - Rosewill RFA-120-BL My case came with one rear exhaust fan and I had one extra lying around that I used on the top of the case. I wanted one more for the front as an intake fan. I got this on sale for $5 and it matches the blue LED fan that I already had.
That should sum up everything! Thanks for reading and checking out my build. Comment below!