First build ever! Chose parts after much-appreciated input from the PCPartPicker Community.
Went with AMD FX-6300/R9 270 combination as a good price/performance trade-off. Build went extremely smooth. Only hitches were contradictory front-panel header +/- markings on the mobo versus the manual, and a little difficulty getting Windows 8.1 to show my HDD in the File Explorer. Other than that it was a snap. Should have done this long ago.
Budget wise, I splurged a little over my initial $650 mark for the SSD - given the fast boot performance I'm now experiencing, really glad I did!
Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for all your input!
The Dirty Banker
PS - Will post some more photos after a bit............................