It took a couple of months, and this time of year, when there are TONS of sales... but here is my completed First Build
What's and Why's I chose the parts I did and any other thoughts on what I got. Let me know what you think and what I can improve down the line and why. I'll update this post as changes in operation occurs.
The build is for some light gaming and regular day to day use. I have this in our bedroom and it has run pretty quietly. It has a total of 5 fans running - 2 case fans, CPU fan, GPU fan, and PSU fan.
CPU - it was on sale at MicroCenter - I am mostly doing single monitor gaming, so the speed and definitely for the price this has been my 2nd best performance to cost component on this build
CPU Cooler - I got it because it was cheap, but it was from a reputable name brand. I don't OC, so it has so far been doing great. It has also been a lot quieter than expected. With the case closed you can't even hear it, and with the case open the slight white noise helps put our baby to sleep. So it is a plus plus. I was originally only going to keep it temporarily, but now I think I will upgrade a different part instead once I get the funds to do so again.
Mobo - Asus and Gigabyte were on the top ratings here. I went with Gigabyte because it came in a little cheaper, and it had a MIR. I have heard mixed reviews on this particular board, but so far, it seems to be doing fine. If this changes I will update this post
Memory - I am trying out the Avexir brand. They look really good and so far are working well
Storage - I have the SSD (from TigerDirect) for the OS boot and the HDD (Amazon) for actual storage.
Video Card - I was originally going to go with a 750ti, but then this one went on sale. I compared them at GPUBoss and with the slight differences, but the large price difference, I went with the 650. I was a little concerned about it only being 1GB, but i am only running a single monitor and it was worked great. I've been able to play Sniper Elite 3, Murdered Soul Suspect and Dungeon Siege on ultra/high.
Case - It looked good. I think that is the driving reason behind most case purchases. The biggest downside on the case would be that there is not really any room behind the mobo to hide the wires. I did most of the stashing to the back side of the expansions.
PSU - The actual PSU I have is the 400W Solid Gear also Bronze Certified from MicroCenter. It did not have the ATX for the CPU and I had to buy a converter part for that at Frys. It still came out to $20 after MIR.
Wireless Network Adapter - On sale at Amazon
Case Fans - I was a little worried having only the standard CPU cooler so I was able to find these on Black Friday - they run really quietly and have the blue led.
Keyboard/Mouse - It matched my build and it was on sale.
I did get an OS disk, but it was corrupted upon arrival and I am waiting on a replacement, so I haven't listed that as part of the build yet. It will hopefully be running OS 7 pro when the disk arrives with the new key
Misc - Wiring management - I wrapped that cords with Teflon. It has a really high melting point and I didn't want the stickiness of electrical tape. I could have used a bunch of zipties, which i did for certain sections, but for that jumble of cords it just looked really messy. I couldn't do very much the snake (the cords down there look like a snake to me lol) on the bottom of the case, but there was enough room to run the extra power wires around to stash behind the expansion trays. I'll have more pictures up soon