My second complete build, but my first since getting started with pcpartpicker. It's meant to be on the lower end of the mid-range pc spectrum. It has linux mint 17.3 installed on the main drive, which is for general use, linux mint 13 on the hard drive as a backup and Windows 10 on the other ssd for gaming and internet streaming that requires proprietary software. It is the result of a lot of research and deal-spotting, and I'm happy that it turned out with a little more variation in the part selection than many of the builds on this site. Put together with my brother's help, and then loaded up with the new RX 470 graphics card.
The keyboard, speakers, mouse, Mushkin ssd and hdd are transplants from my old build, so the actual price I paid is significantly lower.
Runs cool and fast, but the jury is largely still out since I'm waiting for the summer to end to start over-clocking.
Keeps the cpu at around 29 idle. Can be a little loud at higher rpms. Great compatibility with case depth and RAM. Struggled with installation, but mostly because I didn't follow the directions. The arms attaching the fan to the heatsink are a little loose, and occasionally need repositioning to stop a rattling sound.
A good looking, albeit understated board. Pretty limited in terms of its special features, but its a good price from a good brand if it matches what you need.
A bit of an oddity. My first arrived DOA, it was replaced with minimal fuss and has worked well without slowing down for a few years now. It doesn't boot up in very cold ambient conditions, though.
Love the card. It took a lot of heat for being more expensive than a 480 with 4gb RAM, but it has some features that make up for that. It's more efficient, so if you use the card for a few years, the price difference swings in the other direction. It runs cool and quietly (hasn't gotten over 60c even when gaming). It's one of the best looking graphics cards I've ever seen, and if I'm going to be looking at it for the next few years, it's worth paying a few extra dollars for the aesthetic boost. Yes, you could pay a bit more and get an aftermarket 480 with better performance, or you could pay a little bit less for a little less performance.
Probably overkill for my needs, but the value for this unit is hard to beat. The cables are pretty stiff, which can make cable management a little more difficult- comes with velcro ties to help keep things in place.
A good price for an ultra-wide monitor. Complaints about the contrast are fair, but one of the presets (fps 2) covers the whole visible contrast spectrum. A bit limited by the scarcity of content for 21:9 aspect ratios, but a good choice for games that can support it.
All the features of a much more expensive board. Poor design on the wrist rest makes it less comfortable for typing than it should be. The software for it isn't great, and sometimes the board needs to be disconnected and reconnected after booting up. My first mechanical keyboard, so I don't have much of a comparison base.
A great, entry-level set of speakers. The right speaker has a screw or broken piece of plastic in it, but it doesn't rattle when its playing. Had them for 4 years and they still sound great.