This is my first PC build. Well, second officially, but the first was a really cheap APU build that is now the family PC. So this is my first one built for me! Parts accumulated over about 6 months via Black Friday sales on Newegg and eBay
*Primary use is for low-mid demanding games (League of Legends at the lowest, Skyrim/Dark Souls 2 at the highest) and streaming, as well as schoolwork/web-browsing.
Case - The price. Got it for $39 on Black Friday - looks good, swapped and sold the red LED fan for two blue's
Memory - Nice price, quality brand - color matched my mobo.
Power Supply - cheap, semi modular, enough power for what I need, especially with TDP's of newer cards going down.
CPU - great reviews, great price - 6 cores should help with multitasking and streaming to some degree, great overclocking
GPU - holy sales, lucked out on eBay with this baby - best cooler on the market, nuff said
Mobo - nice features, trusted brand, and front USB 3.0 - went with this over the A97 series because of future upgrades/better troubleshooting features (first time around I had a DOA 6300...can you believe it?)
CPU cooler - rumors of the hyper 212 evo not fitting in this case led me to look at closed loop solutions, and once again eBay provided me with this at a stupid price - couldn't say no
Cable management was meh - case really didn't have too much to offer. I'd give myself a 7/10 though considering what I was able to fit in a $40 mid-tower
Future upgrades - I will probably keep these parts for awhile, not going to do a big overhaul until I actually have money. If I do build another one down the road, I will go all out (4790k, GTX 970, etc), but for now this is great. Might consider an 8320/8350 later, but again not sure if I want to spend the moo-lah. Thanks and please leave your comments/suggestions! Like I said, I'm a novice builder, so let me know how things turned out!
*EDIT - Just wanted to put a small blurb in here for those of us who can't really afford the "BEAST" gaming rigs, and who leave comments about not having the money, etc. - Although my rig isn't by any means a top-tier PC (far from it), there still is a decent amount of money invested here. The trick is to have patience. I saved my money, from part time work, a small allowance, etc. - came out to about $100 a month I tucked away (so not too much), and I waited for deals to emerge everywhere, and behold! I probably saved somewhere in the ballpark of $200 overall just from deal hunting and patience. So, it can be done! Just sit tight and wait, your day shall come :)
**EDIT 2 - Have achieved stable overclock at 4.5GHz, pretty proud of it! Thanks again for all the feedback and support :)