After having a few laptop and all-in-one computers, I decided to tryout building my on PC which would allow in to pick the parts I wanted and stay under the $1000 price range. Some of the things I was looking to for in a PC are:
-small footprint to fit on my desk
-some photo and video editing
-under $1000, update: with rebates and discounts this build was initially under $1000, but now is over $1000 with some slight upgrades
CPU: Ordinarily I was planning on getting the i7 6700 lock CPU, but there was a Microcenter sold out of this CPU and only had the i7 6700k unlocked CPU. So, I just picked up the unlocked CPU. I chose the i7 to help with the video editing that I sometimes do.
CPU Cooler: I didn't want to keep the Intel cooler that came with the locked i7 6700, so I was planning to replace it with the C7 cooler. Since I get the 6700k, which doesn't come with a cooler, it worked out.
Motherboard: The Gigabyte B150N Phoenix is one of the more higher priced mITX B150 boards, but I thought the orange LEDs were cool. I wasn't planning to overclock the CPU, so I figured a B150 board would work fine. However, I did give up the ability to configure hard drives in a RAID configuration with this motherboard.
Memory: I was thinking about getting one stick of 16 GB to have a memory slot open for another 16 GB later on, but I decided just to go with two 8 GB because I found more deals for two 8 GB then one 16 GB.
Update: Working with large video files, I found that I needed extra memory. Two 16 GB RAM stick works perfect.
Storage: Windows OS and programs are on a 256 SSD. My photos are stored on a 1 TB Western Digiatl, and my videos are stored on a 2 TB Toshiba.
Video Card: I settled on the GTX 1050ti to say under the $200 price with RGB lighting, but really wanted a 1060 6 GB with RGB lighting.
Update: After being able to save some money, I was able to buy at GTX1060 gpu and repurpose the GTX 1050 ti for another PC.
Case: The Corsair 250D is a great case, but not perfect. I wasn't going for a super small form, so I think the 250D is the perfect size for me.
Power Supply: To keep cost down, I was going to go with a 500W power supply, but I found a great deal for this 600W corsair power supply on Newegg. A modular power supply would have really cleaned up the wire in the case.
Update: I decided to use the 600W psu for another pc build and bought a new lower watt semi-modular psu.
All and all I am pleased with this build. The build can out to be less than $1000 after discounts and reusing a few parts I already had.