Thanks to pcpartpicker and the build guides, I'm happy to report I've completed my first ever PC build. Everything went pretty smoothly, but I forgot to take pictures to document the process. The build was easier than expected and I didn't run into any problems.
This build is mainly a console replacement/entertainment system. Lots of movies, youtube viewing and light gaming (BF4 & SC2).
I started with the CPU and built around that. I didn't want to mess with overclocking or watercooling yet; perhaps in the not so distant future. I feel it's a good entry to mid level rig. I went with a HDD for the price. I may upgrade to a SSD at a later date. I feel Windows 10 boots up fast regardless so hard drive speeds aren't too much a factor.
I wasn't going to get an optical drive but then how would I install software (CDs that come with parts)? (I'm a newbie).
Unfortunately, I don't have any benchmarks. As stated, I'm a newbie to the PC building world. All I can say is I set most of the PC & game settings to auto and it runs/looks great.
I already had the monitor and mouse from my previous PC so if you subtract that price from the total, I'd say it's a successful budget build.
Thoughts? Upgrade recommendations?