So I've been living life for the past 4 yrs with a 17" HP laptop and was getting really tired of it. I needed a PC. After looking around and doing "research" I decided on an AMD system as that's what I had built in the past and like the price/performance ratio.
CPU: I went with an AMD A10-7850K because it has the best integrated graphics. I don't do a whole lot of gaming, but the kids would like to, and it's a great start. Shout out to JayzTwoCents for his videos and selling me on it. Also, FM2+ is going to be supported for the next year or so, so hopefully if something better comes out I won't need to drop a lot for a decent upgrade.
CPU Cooler: Had to use something other than the stock chunk of aluminum. The Hyper TX3 fits in the CoreV1 nicely and isn't too loud, although I might switch it out for something better down the road. But for now, idle thermal margin is 70 and load thermal margin is 30. Seems like it does a pretty good job. UPDATE: After leaving the PC on in the nook area, and that summer is almost here, I did notice it starting to get a little warmer. Call me an OCD-Worrier, but it seemed to be getting too warm for my tastes... so I upgraded to an CM Seidon 120V, with a couple of Cougar fans in Push-Pull. The CM fan was pretty noisy so the Cougar's kept the noise down. After running 3DMARK skydiver demo, the CPU never dipped below 41*c on the Thermal Margin. I'm much happier with that. I don't have any pictures right now, but will upload some later. Also, the screws that come with the CM kit are garbage. I went to Home Depot and bought some screws that were long enough.
Motherboard: I've ran Gigagyte boards before and like the dualBIOS feature... saves me possibly from fawking up in the future. The integrated AC WiFi works great from the other side of the house and is incredibly fast with my Netgear N router. The only thing I didn't like was that all the hook ups are on the right side where the SSD/HDD mounts are and it makes everything a little tight on that side.. but with some creativity I was able to snake stuff behind the drives and keep it kind of tidy without a modular PSU.
RAM: Had to get something fast and I've had good luck with G.Skill in the past... also, sexy red heat sinks.
SDD/HDD: I got these from a friend as Christmas gifts. THANKS! He bought a few SSD's on Black Friday deals and the HDD was a laptop drive he replaced in a new laptop.
Case: I loved the looks of the Core V1 since it came out. That 200mm fan moves a ton of air(and dust from the picture) and keeps every cool.
PSU: I also got this as a Christmas gift from my friend. THANKS AGAIN!
I haven't played many games(Don't Starve, BFBC2, New Vegas) but it's handled them SPLENDIDLY at 1080p on my used monitor. I know I put the TX3 retaining bracket on backwards... I'll fix it if I add a GPU later.