In my house lives a 2008 Dell desktop running XP that my parents suffer through for work, and an inexpensive 2013 AMD Athlon II X3 on just an MSI 880 GM running Linux for gaming. I built the Microwave to be fast enough for gaming and small enough to take to LAN and BYOC, and so the 2013 could go to me mum.
This was my first build alone so I put in a TON of research over 4 months to make sure everything would be ok, but the best information came from the last hour of frantic research.
Microcenter saved me about $70, the pickup took 10 minutes even even after I switched the SSD, and the free shipping from Newegg gave me my parts in 2 days. I highly recommend Microcenter.
I plan on getting a 1070 but I haven't needed it so far.
Mum got the 2013.
Looks great. Not big. Fast. 71/80
((((Needs more stickers. Doesn't warm up my room like the last one. No sleepy time white noise. 22/80))))
EDIT: Just put in the biggest, baddest card ever. the ZOTAC AMP! Extreme runs everything like a charm.
Best for value, you don't need a super good $210 processor to play games. i5 6600K costs $30 more for about the same product, as well as the need for an aftermarket cooler. You don't need overclocking to game. 9/10. (However, you do need the sticker and I NEVER GOT ONE 0/10 no sticker.)
Gigabyte really means it when they mark something as Super Durable. This thing feels like I could play disk golf with it. It's got orange lights near the I/O that can be toggled in the BIOS, and that coupled with the black/yellow design make it look high-class. The Ethernet is miles better then the other DS3H or whatever. 2 PCIe X16, 2 PCI. I love this board. 9/10. (No sticker 0/10.)
Ram is ram. As long as it's DDR4 it'll work. Minimal difference between 2400 and 2133, but this was on sale. 16 GB is overkill for most games. 10/10. (Sticker 10/10)
Don't pay more for a fancy SSD, the only thing that matters is that it's SSD. Find a reliable brand and buy one. 8/10 .
I went for the reliability of WD over the inexpensiveness of Toshiba. Too many Hitachi have made toast out of computers for me. Get a reliable HDD with 7200 and 1TB and you're fine. 9/10.
TL;DR: If you want an industrial styled card that runs amazingly, if you're into overclocking, or if you want people to say 'HOLY * look at the size of your card!', than get it.
Biggest, baddest card on the market. The overall design of the front is very professional, with glossy carbon fiber designs and matte metal accents and the dual fan blade design that stands out from every other card. Although it kind of reminds me of a running shoe box, the backplate is well styled with the 'POWER BOOST solid state capacitor' (I think that's what it is anyway) and the illuminated 'PUSH THE LIMIT' logo. I love the industrial look of this card. This card is a giant, at nearly 13 inches long this is definitely a 2.5 slot card. The cooler on this thing runs very well, as I can't get the card over 60C in stress tests and I can't hear it over ambient until it gets to about 50%.
OUTSTANDING airflow. SUPER easy to build in. UBER customization. All of the panels come off (including the bottom) and the front logo is magnetic; I can finally make an upside-down computer if I want to. About the size of a microwave. Looks like a microwave. Still a plus. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. 10/10
I heard they were good, and I guess it hasn't burnt down the house, so that's good. I'd always go fully modular if I ever build another computer. I wish the certification was a little higher. 9/10. (Comes with a sticker 10/10.)
Not Linux. Better than XP I guess, but I miss the sexy startup riff. 7/10