This was my first ever pc build from the ground up. I wanted to build a solid foundation with a good motherboard and slowly upgrade all other components over time to keep it budget friendly. The initial build had a G3220 cpu with the stock cooler (integrated graphics FTW), 2x4gb sticks of corsair memory, 240gb OCZ ssd, cx430 psu, plus I harvested the 1tb hdd and a dvd drive from my old pc.
This sufficed for a while and I began to upgrade as money became available: 2 more 4gb sticks of memory, more fans, the best cpu for this socket (4790k), an AIO watercooler, and finally a gtx1060. Fitting the AIO was tricky as the case didn't allow enough room above the motherboard for a radiator and fans. My solution was to pull out the drive bays, stick the AIO in the front of the case, and place my ssd/hdd into a Flex Fit Trio which is a 5.25 drive bay conversion with room for an hdd and 2 ssd.
This rig has come a long way and it is amazingly powerful, I mostly use it for music editing, gaming, video editing, CAD, and web surfing. Of course a large library of games, music, and productivity files starts to eat up that 1tb drive fast so I added in a 250gb mSATA drive for some additional space while I contemplate how to split the rig into 2 separate pcs. One will become a productivity workstation with a raid library for file storage and the other a console/htpc for my living room.
I hope you enjoyed. :)