Used mostly for gaming and video streaming,very happy with it,is been able to put up with 12 plus constant hours of gaming. So now as far as why I choose the parts read below: CPU: I got that one from Microcenter for like really cheap, Nobody beats them on CPU prices but the don't ship only pick up and have few stores in the U.S. so if you live in a state where they have stores look nowhere else, at the time i bought this in September 2013 it was $45 cheaper than anybody else.
CPU COOLER: Intel OEM did not feel the need to put an aftermarket since I am not going to overclock and it saids in the CPU manual that if you put aftermarket cooler you void the warranty or something like that so I got spook and since I am a newbie did not want to risk it, I had a 6 year old Dell Optiplex with the Intel cooler and never failed so I was not worried
MOBO: I got that one for a number of reasons for one is Asus has USB 3.0 4 memory slots and u can upgrade to 32 GB ram,enough sata ports,also this very same Mobo is used by various PC Gaming outlets like Xidax and other major ones, I did not choose the Z87 Chipset because i am not looking to overclock (My CPU it's not a K series) and will not SLI due to budget.
Memory: Well it's Kingston a very good brand and 8 GB and 1600 mhz is good enough for gaming and got it for cheap, I can't believe how expensive they are now, I see this very same one going for more than $80 so lucky me.
HD: Well WD is good brand and a ! TB is good start and running at 7200 RPM is good enough, I recently install an OCZ 120 Gb "SSD CACHE DRIVE" that made my rig go way faster than before. Look those up they are great if you don't want to pay for an actual SSD but want the speed
GPU: I got this one for cheap at my local FRY'S store I choose this one because I am not a hardcore gamer and was the best mid level GPU for the price, BTW I got the superclocked edition, also I choose it because Xidax and Digital Underground put the ! GB version on their $1000 rigs and I prefer Nvidia and EVGA
Case:I was not gonna spend $100 on a case so this one fit the bill, has plenty of bays for HD and one for SSD 3 fans and a cool blue LED fan and has USB 3.0
PSU: Well it's Corsair and bronze certified and 500 watts is enough for my Micro ATX mobo and hardware Optical Drive: Well I am building an Asus ring so it made sense plus at $20 can't really complaint Monitor: Got this one for cheap on special at my local FRY'S store and oh boy BenQ rocks!! they are great and at 24" is good enough for now
Mouse and Keyboard:
I look everywhere I was not gonna spend a ton of money for those so I got the keyboard from a little known website called I sale.com it was refurbished so that is why I got for really cheap,can't get them at this price no more since they stock limited quantities and when they sell out they may not stock it anymore, the mouse is great for less than $40 has multiple config and a 3 button that I used to Grab,shoot and reload my FPS games great software it changes colors and comes with "weights" so you can make it lighter or heavier.