I have been yearning to build a PC for a while now. Both for gaming and general home use. This site and r/buildapc made researching pretty easy. I wanted to stay around $900. Since I needed everything, I had to go for a less costly CPU. Building was fun (and slightly stressful), but overall enjoyable. I would probably start earlier than 9pm next time. I wore my ESD shoes from work to avoid zapping my motherboard.
Used the jet 15% coupon twice, the Best Buy Visa check out $25 twice, and Amazon Prime shipping to keep costs down.
So far I have had a few Windows issues to work through, but the computer runs pretty well. It boots in 15 or less seconds and is fairly quiet (other than the optical drive when it starts).
I had to return my RAM since one of the sticks failed the Windows Memory Diagnostic. This is explains my variety of BSODs I kept getting. I only purchased 1x8gb for now since I noticed definitely didn't need 16gb. I also added a GPU brace (added photo).
Things are running perfectly now with the new RAM, not a single crash yet. No photo update to show the one lonely stick of RAM.
Excellent budget CPU. Have not run into a bottleneck yet. The included stock cooler is sufficient.
Cool looking mobo with 4 2400 RAM slots (up to 64GB). My only complaint is the the main PCIe 16 slot is too close to the PCI express slot, so I had to put the wifi adapter in the other PCIe 16 slot. It worked out though.
Fast, low profile RAM from a reputable manufacturer. The heat sink feels sturdy.
Doesn't have the highest benchmarks out there, but my PC boots very fast. No issues with this.
Running 1080p and 60fps pretty easliy. It has some sag too it, so I added a GPU brace for about $20.
Plenty of room to build, 2 case fans, plenty of HDD/SSD slots. Cables got a bit tight around the back however.
Enough juice for my rig. All black and modular cables.
Wireless Network Adapter
Speedy wifi, has bluetooth.
A FreeSync LED IPS 23" monitor for a reasonable price. Great off angle color.
Great sound for $14.