A very close friend of mine was wanting my help in building his very first computer. Some of his requests included:
1) That it wouldn't be very large (so, I thought mITX or mATX) 2) That it would look awesome (have some lights, but not in a dorky way ... and he really likes the color yellow) 3) It could run pretty much everything you threw at it 4) It would cost a lot, but not TOO much ;)
Knowing that he would probably like to upgrade some in the future and wanted to keep costs a little low, I suggested a 2Tb hybrid drive instead of an SSD and a separate mechanical HDD. Also, the EVGA GTX 960 was on sale for the Holidays, so we went with that instead of the more expensive GTX 970 (and it seemed like the 950 wasn't "fancy" enough for his purposes).
He also wanted a "future-proof" type of monitor, keyboard, and mouse set-up; something that he could kind of keep forever even if he chose to upgrade the CPU, GPU, or anything else inside the machine in the future. We went to the store and tried out different mice and finally settled on the Logitech G502. For the keyboard I suggested the Corsair K70 (non-RGB, again, to save at least a little dough ... only $109 at Best Buy), and he fell in love with it instantly.
For the CPU we went with an unlocked Core i5 and coupled it with a Corsair H80i GT. *WORD OF WARNING ... if you're trying to fit a Corsair H80i GT into the Corsair 380T mITX case, it's a REALLY TIGHT FIT. In fact, if the RAM were just a fraction of a millimeter taller, we would have had to forego the water-cooler all together. If you get taller RAM (or RAM that has special lights or heat-sinks), you'll definitely run into problems. Also, the only orientation that we could figure for the H80i GT to fit was to place it toward the front of the case (in front of the motherboard and right behind that large fan that comes preinstalled).
The second issue we had was that he initially wanted a 750W power supply instead of a 600W one. This case is so small that you really need to check before-hand which power supplies will actually fit. While it does fit ATX power supplies, most power supplies giving more than 600W or 650W will likely be too long. With that said, there is a way to make a long power supply fit. If you remove the 3.5" drive cage and use a Dremel to grind down a little "nubbin" that sticks out to hold the 3.5" drive cage in place, you can slide and mount a longer power supply in there. But, then you're left with only being able to use 2.5" drives. Rather than go that route, we went with a smaller PSU.
So far, he's loving the build ;).