I've been following builds for other Core V1's for quite a while and slowly amassed parts here and there to finally build my own!
Fairly standard Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX build. I've been a huge fan (no pun intended) of this case since I first knew of its existence and knew this had to be my first build. I debated between processors (i5-4690K, G3258) for a long time and finally settled in the middle on an i3. Its running great and will be more than adequate for this build.
Overkill is underrated when it comes to water coolers. I don't care what anyone says, this thing looks awesome in there and well worth the slight premium over your standard air cooler. I have set it up in a push/pull fashion, like other builders. The trickiest part of the whole build was actually just mounting the radiator to the front of the chassis (pics to come). I had scoured online to find out how exactly others had done this to no avail. Simple solution: I ended up running to the hardware store and buying some 6/32-3/8" screws to mount the radiator; I then mounted the included fan to the 'back' of the radiator to pull air through and into the case. I replaced the front 200mm fan with a blue LED Cooler Master to add some color to the build and match the blue IO light as I've seen others do.
The solid state drive is a must for fast boots to Windows - a luxury not afforded on my 6 year old laptop. Standard 2TB Hybrid drive for storage.
Now just waiting for the new Radeon RX 480 to drop (next week!)[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150770]. Slapping that into this little rig will allow me to easily play all my core older titles (CS:GO, Rocket League, AoE, CoH, BF4, etc...) plus even new games!
Since this was my first build a lot of things were new to me, but leading up to the build I spent countless hours on YouTube watching reviews, tutorials and info videos (thanks LinusTechTips!). I also read many, many, many reviews across forums and on PC component sites (Newegg, Amazon, here on pcpartpicker). I also read the manuals for all parts and still was able to complete this build in around 3 1/2 hours (including running to the hardware store and stopping for food!). There is something supremely satisfying about building your own machine and having everything run smooth when you click it on!
I looked around for a long time and finally settled on this solid build. If you're looking to get a quick machine for office use with a little super solid gaming thrown in, look no further! I will be posting more pictures and am more than happy to answer any questions about the build, or about new builds in general for fellow first-time builders!