This was my first ever build and i did it for my senior project. I had to pay for everything myself so i had a decent budget of $800. keep in mind im upgrading from an acer laptop with 4gb ram, 500gb hdd, 1.9ghz A3 processor and other awful specs. Also with my senior project i interned at the local computer shop which is how i was able to get some of these parts cheaper then i normally would have.
CPU - I went with the fx-6300 since it was cheap, but had many excellent reviews; and it had good overclocking potential
Cpu Cooler - I originally was going to get a 212 evo but at the time of ordering my parts it was sold out, so i went with this one instead, great performance and silent. absolutely love it.
MotherBoard - Inexpensive, fit my color scheme, had what i needed and better yet, Asus. Though i wish it had a USB 3.0 header
memory - went with ares since it was more low profile then most which i needed with this cooler and it fit the color scheme. got it at a fair price. though i did order the 1600 version, i was shipped the 1866. not going to complain here.
Storage - I went with these hard drives because i got them for amazing deals with the shop i interned at. yes i did get a red drive , but for the price it was worth it, it was just a storage drive so a slower speed is fine with me.
Video Card - Again, this is light years better than i had on my laptop and i got it at an amazing price. absolutely silent too.
Wifi Adapter - Cheap and what i needed, great signal since im too far away to use an Ethernet cable in my house with our it being ridiculous
Case - It was a bit on the expensive side but it has tonnes of features, came with plenty of fans and great cable management, dampens sound pretty darn well and best of all, looks great. And with me seeing it all the time i wanted something id enjoy seeing.
power supply - I head good things about Seasonic and it was modular. what more could i want
optical drive - simple, nothing special. i rarely use one so i didnt need much
custom - when i was ordering parts i realized i had about $30 more in my budget and i had been eyeballing the hue for a while, looks amazing in person. dont regret it at all.