Wanted something quiet, reliable, and modern for work. I run a small trading business (including an online shop) and do a lot of work with MS Office.
I chose to go with a Skylake processor because I wanted something modern that will be on the market for some time. I chose the simple Pentium G4500 because that more than meets my computing needs, and I can always swap it for something with more punch if needed (for example an i3 6300 or i5 6500) without changing anything else. Now that I have been using this for 2 weeks, I am entirely happy with my choice of CPU. My previous computer (which cost a fortune when new) is a 3 year old laptop with i7 2637M and a SSD, and 4GB of RAM, connected to an external monitor. The new computer runs faster, cooler and quieter on each and every single task that I do.
I chose the B150 PC Mate MB because it meets my needs in all terms and will continue to meet them for the next 3 years.
The 1TB hard drive is a converted portable drive that I bought two years ago but never used.
Upon completing my build, software installation and updates, I ran a torture test, and after 60 hours of running, my CPU temperature was 49C (120F) and MB temp 31C (88F), with no errors. I am happy that during the entire test not even one fan ran at high speed. The system remained cool and quiet just the way I was hoping it would be.
Update: March 16, 2016: Added another 8 GB of RAMfor a total of 16 GB. Systems is more responsive when several applications are open, and seems to boot faster.
Plus: good computing power for the money, great choice for office users such as myself, and runs cool under full load with the stock Intel cooler. Minus: can't find any.
Plus: as a business user, this gives me everything I need in terms of performance and expansion possibilities. Minus: there are 2 internal USB 2.0 connectors, both used to connect to 2 USB 2.0 ports in the front of the case. I want to add (in the 3.5" drive bay) a card reader, and that happens to use a USB 2.0 connector - so I have to give up one of my two USB 2.0 connectors in the case, add another USB 2.0 connector or make do with an external card reader.
No frills, good value for the money. As a business user, works fine for me.
Used as my boot drive, Windows 10 Home 64 Bit loads and is fully ready for use in under 15 seconds every time. Couldn't ask for more. Plus the M.2 format allows for a cleaner installation with less cables running around the case, therefore better airflow and improved cooling.
Decent performance for a mechanical hard drive, not very loud when running, but sounds like a little turbine spooling up when starting - which is not a bad thing.
Plus: Good quality for the price, all metal edges folded nicely, decent space for cable management. Minus: The tool-less 5.25 external drive mounting system is fiddly and tinny.
Simple, straightforward and very quiet under light load. Good quality for the price.
Works very well, but seems rather loud when it spools up.