Built my first PC! I wanted something for medium to heavy daily personal use and for Grad School (heavy office suite use, some school programs, lots of multitasking, and photo editing) and to do some light gaming in my spare time. I didn't go all in on my first build and plan to update the video card and some other components in a year or so. I thought this was a balanced enough build with future options to update some components.
Overall very happy with my first build. Booted on my first go and been running nice and smooth!
Note for the price list total of $1428.68: Definitely a over estimation. For example I got the Corsair m65 mouse on sale at Best Buy for only $45. Some other parts were on sale and I also got several rebates.
CPU - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core: no complaints. Had a bit of a hard time using the mounting tool that came with the CPU but got it to work eventually. Couldn't get the CPU to snap into the holder easily.
CPU Cooler - Master Hyper 212 EVO: Doing a spectacular job keeping the CPU at low temp. I observed my temps from 28-35 degrees Celsius with regular use, and have not seen it climb too high even with some gaming. Beware, it is MUCH bigger then I was expecting (see pics). I replaced the default fan with "Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm" and added second fan to the back of the radiator to make a push pull setup. The cooler came with all the mounting hardware needed to add the second fan and it was very simple to set up.
MB - Asus Z170-A ATX LGA: perfect for my needs, also a great looking MB. I have really enjoyed the many options for controlling fans. Fanxpert in the bios as well as AI suite3 are great tools.
Memory - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000: probably way more then I need and I have good experience so far with this ram. I think it looks nice to with the black and white MB so that's a bonus.
Storage - Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" SSD: just what i needed to load OS on and store a few frequently used programs. Also have Caviar blue 1TB for photos, music, not frequently used programs etc.
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked: this card is cheap that's why i went for it. I have been able to run bf4 almost all settings on ultra no problem. An issue I have with this GPU is there is no additional power needed and it is only powered by the PCI Express slot. I ran into some issues when using some of the MBs default overclocking settings and GPU didn't have enough power and my PC would power cycle a few times before booting. I have solved that issue by just not overclocking for now. Also I have had issues mounting this video card in the Fractal R5. it does not seem to want to mount flush at the back of the case and has causes some vibrating sounds from the fan at times. I will def be upgrading soon.
Case - Fractal design R5 is an amazing case. It is large which doesn't bother me, plenty of space to work in. it is very quiet, amazing array of component mounting options, cable management options and layout options. Dedicated ssd mounts behind mb is also very nice. I removed one of the hdd cages in the front of the case to allow for more airflow because I didn't need more then the 1TB hdd for now.
PS - EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX: pretty standard PS, the cables it came with look pretty nice. no complaints. Not even using close to the 650W limit but in the future will likely use more.
Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer: pretty standard. only need to install Windows 10
Wireless Network Adapter - Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac: Used when I didn't have my modem close by. easy to install and works great.
Monitor - Asus VN248H-P 23.8" very very wobbly stand. doesn't bother me too much but might for some. I have been happy with the image quality.