First of all, thank you PCPP and for everyone else posting their projects for inspiration. I have never built a PC before and thought it would be a nice challenge instead of going down to the store and getting an off the shelf product. I needed a PC for basic web use and occasional projects on Sketchup. I paid around $650 with some of the discounts and rebates at the time of my purchases. Though I could have build a PC for less using a Core i3, I wanted something a step up from that.
I started off by choosing the Core i5-6500. I have no plans to overclock and felt that the 6500 was priced just right for its performance. The MSI Z170-A PRO ATX was my choice as a motherboard for a couple of reasons. When I purchased it, the price was fantastic, plus the reviews were very good. MSI seems to have a good reputation so that helped(I am very new to the custom PC world). The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4s were chosen because of their price as well. The Sandisk SSD was a by chance. I was going to buy a Samsung but then the Sandisk went on sale the day I ordered it. EVGA PSUs seems to be a preferred brand by a lot of people so I researched their models. I figured 550W would be more than enough, even if I did get a high performance video card at some point. The Samsung DVD/CD drive was simply so that I could install the windows disk, it was so cheap I figured why not.
The case was what probably took me the longest to find and chose the Fractal Design Define R4. Being my first build, I did a lot of research on sizes and felt that I would rather have an ATX Mid Tower for flexibility. Had I opted not to get the DVD/CD drive, I would have bought the NZXT S340 Mid-Tower. I actually preferred the simple design of the NZXT and would have gotten that one if I had to do it all over again. The Fractal Design Define R4 is a great case. Though a lot of people say to go for the R5, I chose to save a little bit of money, especially since it was on sale. I cannot hear the fans at all while it is running. I really like how the it has a cover for the DVD/CD drive(s) and front fan. The materials are solid and the fact that the side panels are insulated shows that a lot of thought went into designing this case.
When I finally had all of the parts, I was a little nervous to put everything together. I went ahead and downloaded all of the drives and utilities for the Gigabyte Wifi Adaptor and MSI Mobo. I watched some tutorials on youtube a few times then started the assembly. I want to point out that the EZ Debug on the MSI board is amazing(not sure if that is standard for other brands). I forgot to plug in the CPU power cord and the CPU light was lit up, easy fix. After plugging everything in and trying to manage the cables, I went to the boot menu to select boot from DVD/CD drive. After saving and waiting a few second, it was a success :)
After I installed the drivers and utilities, the PC updated for quite a while getting all of the latest from Windows 10. I am very happy with windows 10 so far. I also love my new PC in general, it starts up so fast and runs seamlessly. The one thing that I missing from my parts list is the Lenovo LI2323S 23" LED IPS Monitor. I chose it because it has an incredible picture and the design is very clean. I also waited for it to go on sale and it did right when I needed it!