This is my fourth build, and this time it was done for a buddy of mine who just got married. Had a budget of $1200 which we baaarely scraped by, and altogether with tax and shipping for all the parts, we got it for $1313 with a lot of help from the local Microcenter.
He's not a poweruser and the wife also wanted it to use for work write-ups.They're pretty lowkey people and they requested a couple things - that it not be flashy and loud in color or noise, and that it be small enough to put on a desk or hidden out of sight. All in all, it was a fantastic build and each time I build one I can see myself getting better and better.
The Corsair 200R was a dream to work in. Small enough to be unobtrusive and light, but big enough where I didn't feel cramped the entire time. Cable management was pretty minimalistic considering there's only a handful of tiedowns, but it worked well and didn't have any messes or unnecessary cables poking out.
This was my first build with any Gigabyte parts, but I absolutely love the Ultra Durable line from them. It had 3 fan headers on a mATX board, excellent layout, and right angled SATA ports. Definitely a fan. However, installing the Cooler Master T4 was a bit of a headache because of the style plate next to the socket. At first it looks like it will not let the cooler fit because of the clamp length. After toying with it, you can actually press down on the springs holding it in and pull it back ever so slightly to maneuver the clamp into position and move the plate back to it's comfortable position. I was actually able to get another bundle deal with the H170M UD mobo and CPU which made the price of the mobo only like $5 more than the cheaper Gigabyte H110M.
Again, the Samsung 850 Evo continues to impress me. I was able to get it about $15 off with a bundle deal and it smokes everything in that price point. With fast startup and hibernation enabled and tweaking the startup applications, I was able to get boot speeds under 8 seconds. Since most of their documents and photos will be handled by OneDrive and Google Drive/Photos, 250GB was a good size considering the price of HDD's are really low.
Microcenter was sold out of 550W power supplies and if he wanted to do any SLI down the road I wanted to make sure he had headroom to expand, so the Corsair 650 CXM was a great choice with a $20 mail in rebate.
Once the newlyweds get back from their honeymoon, I'll post his review of it and see how well he likes the performance of the Gigabyte 1070 G1.