This is the first time I've ever built a PC. I finally wanted to make the switch to PC gaming so I did some research and finally made the change. I wanted something that would be somewhat future proof but within my budget and this ended up being the ideal build.
Intel Core i5-6600k: perfect for gaming and capable of running DDR4, could've gone with an i7 processor which would've had hyper threading but didn't think it was worth the extra $100 since the i5 is more than enough processing power and can be easily overclocked down the line
Corsair H50: wanted to have a water cooler installed so the I could overclock the CPU safely
Noctua NF-F12: extremely silent, have this fan attached to the Corsair H50
G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4-3200: has a cas latency of 14, was trying to find a good balance between speed and latency, as far as DDR4 goes this seemed like the best option, the grey and red looks great with motherboard
MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X: the black and white look is very sharp, supports all the other components I had picked out, easy to overclock in BIOS, very reliable and great features, 30% off on newegg
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: originally looked into the GTX 970 which is much less expensive thinking I would eventually buy another for SLI, decided that 1 GTX 980 Ti is a much better choice for gaming, GPU was not the component to be cheap about
EVGA 750W: had a free 700W PSU but it turned out to be broken, went with EVGA because of their quality and customer service, 750W is more than enough room to overclock with
NZXT Source 530: this case turned out to be perfect, great airflow, high quality, tons of space to work with, swapped out the stock case fans with some Cooler Master silent fans
Storage: already have a 500 GB SSD to use for files and some installation Bought the PNY CS1311 240 GB SSD on sale- very fast, using it for booting windows and installing a few games at a time Already had the 500 GB Western Digital HD, good for additional storage
Overall, I ended up with the best gaming PC I could afford. Everything is extremely fast, GPU can handle every game I've tried out, more than enough RAM and everything works. Not bad at all for a first time build.