The goals of this PC were to provide a good experience for light gaming, office/productivity, and media consumption. The client wanted a blue color scheme as well.
APU: After looking at all the options, we decided we would get more bang for our buck going with an AMD APU. It runs nice and cool with new thermal paste on the stock cooler, and it's fast enough for all the tasks it needs to run. Eventually, we might throw in a GPU for crossfire or overclock it.
Motherboard: I've worked with ASRock boards in the past, and never had issues. It's an ATX motherboard with blue colors on the heatsinks, and plenty of useful features like 8 SATA ports and 5 fan headers. Can't really complain.
Memory: Since this build uses an APU, I wanted something fast. It wasn't hard to find something fast, cheap, and color matching with the rest of the build. 8GB is plenty for now.
Storage: There was a little more room in the budget, so we decided to spend it on a 2TB HDD instead of the 1TB we originally planned.
Case: This was a case I already had that needed some use. It matched the colors nicely and actually looks nice. However, the filters are a bit lackluster, and it's price really shows in its structure. Given the choice, I would have chosen a different case, but it still works well enough!
Power Supply: Considering this build doesn't draw much power, we were originally going to go with the 430W. However, since we might install a dedicated GPU and overclock the CPU, we wanted more headroom in case we hit a power limit. It was only a few dollars more and I think it's money well spent!
Operating System: DirectX 12 support, clean looks, and free from the company. Can't go wrong here!
WLAN Adapter: Works well enough for what we need it to do, plus the antennas are huge for anyone looking to buy it.
Case Fans: These fans have nice blue lighting and push a lot of air. However, they get pretty loud at max speed so I recommend running them at lower speeds.
Keyboard: The client already owned this keyboard. They like the customizable lighting as well as the software (Corsair Utility Engine).
Mouse: It's cheap, has a decent optical sensor, and has blue lighting. Feels good in the hand too!
Monitor: This is another part the client already owned, it's not the best but good enough for web browsing, watching movies or TV shows, and playing some games on. Perfect spot between 720p and 1080p, too.
Speakers: Something cheap that works well, and they only uses USB power which is a plus.
This was a satisfying build to complete, and turned out rather well! The client is certainly happy with her new computer.