I've been on a laptop (Y410p) for almost three years now, and I wanted to upgrade this summer, especially after playing the Overwatch beta. This is my first desktop PC and I couldn't be happier! Playing games at max settings is insane, feels good to be a part of the master race ;)
I purchased everything from Amazon since I had Prime Student membership, which meant I got everything within three days with no shipping fees. I think it was worth paying a bit more for parts for the convenience.
i5 6500 [$204]: Good gaming quad core since I'm not overclocking.
Gigabyte Gaming 3 H170 [$105]: Looks decent, good price. It glows a faint red next to the IO, and apparently it has good audio.
Corsair LPX 2x8GB [$57]: Probably won't need to upgrade RAM any time soon. Mobo doesn't support 2400, but 2133 was actually more expensive. Also matched mobo color scheme.
240GB 480GB [$115]: PCPartPicker doesn't have the specific one I got. Read some good reviews on this brand. TLC SSD, cheaper than an 850 EVO.
MSI R9 380 4GB [$180]: Got it on sale at Frys in store, seems like a decent card for 1080p + Freesync.
Corsair 100R [$50]: Reputable brand, solid budget case, not too flashy.
EVGA 500B [$40]: Heard mixed reviews on the quality on this PSU, but I went with this since I'm not overclocking. It seems to be fine and it works properly and quietly, but I would probably go with a higher quality one If I were to build another PC in the future.
Windows 10 64bit [$86]: It's Windows. Enough said.
Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I [$34]: Wifi + Bluetooth. Needed this since my router is in another room. Uses Intel Dual Band AC 8260. Works great.
AOC G2460PF [$210]: Great value for a gaming monitor. Coming from a laptop, this panel looks amazing. Viewing angles are fine, though it's really bright out of box. Looks decent after calibration and Flux installed. Not as good as IPS, but 144hz + Freesync baby!
CM Storm Quickfire XT [$90]: I like the understated aesthetics, and brown switches are my personal preference. It's a good compromise between reds and blues. Although it's loud, typing feels so good!