This is my first build ever and I gave myself a budget of around 800 EUR to work with. (All prices are in EUR) I live in FInland and ordered the parts from Germany where they are significantly cheaper. This build is for 1080 gaming in the living room on a HDTV.
As soon as I saw the Thermaltake Core v21 I wanted to build a computer in it. It's very solid for the price and has endless possibilities for changing the location of all parts. Two of the walls of the case have magnetic filter that catches dust. Building in it was fairly easy, although the instructions were a bit lacking. Mounting the PSU was definitely the most challenging thing. Now that I have my simple build ready I see that the case has room for so much more still.
I mostly play games that are a few years old or not that demanding (Tomb Raider, Portal 2, Fallout New Vegas, Batman Origins, Civ V, Pillars of Eternity...) so the 960 was the perfect choice. Arkham Knight is also playable on mostly Low settings 1080p. The MSI Gaming 960 had amazing reviews and really great cooling so I went with that and it's been great so far.
The Gigabyte GA-Z97MX motherboard has been very good so far. I've never had a graphical interface in a BIOS before and the BIOS has a lot of system information that can be assessed and altered. I mainly chose this motherboard for the SLI possibility. I will probably add another 960 just to see how it does with games.
All in all, this little cube boots up lightning fast and handles my games nicely while looking cute and being almost completely silent (I think my Xbox one makes more noise when gaming).
I built this to have space for future upgrades which will include at least another 960 and a second SSD (loving the speed of it).