I just got done building my first PC ever and it's not this one. This is actually my second PC (cause one ain't enough) using parts from my first PC and some new ones I got from Black Friday. This little guy will sit in my living room for when I want to play casual Steam games using a controller or watch some kitten videos on my big screen. I'll post another completed build for my first PC at a later time. It will probably be titled "Master Gaming PC Final Form" or something like that, so be on the lookout! Anyway, Ill briefly go over each parts explaining why I chose them and what I think about them.
Intel Core i3 - 6100 3.7 GHz Dual-Core I got this along with Gigabyte GA-H110N Mini-ITX motherboard as a combo for $135 at Fry's. At the time i3 6100 was going for $120 (and it still is as of 1/8/2017) so this was a super sweet deal for me. I broke the price down as getting the i3 for $90 and the motherboard for $45. Initially I was going for the Pentium G4400 but this deal came to me first so I grabbed it and never looked back. It is a fast CPU for the price and the 4 threads can come in handy. No complaints here.
Gigabyte GA-H110N Mini ITX LGA1151 It's difficult finding a good deal for mini-itx parts in general (chassis and motherboard). There just isn't as much demand for it as mAtx or ATX ...yet. Though 2017 CES proved there is a trend for gamers transitioning to high-end small form factor systems (Zotac Gtx 1080 mini, ASUS ROG Strix Z270I, etc). H110N isn't a bad motherboard. All I'll say is that it's good enough for what I'm using it for. I just wish it came with a built-in wifi/bluetooth chip because it was a pain for me to search for one with the m.2 connector and also the antennas (I know I know, ethernet is the way of PC Master Race. Unfortunately this is not possible for me because I am literally renting someone's patio to stay in).
ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (1 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 2800 The part list shows 2x4GB but there was no way for me to add 1x8GB. The reason why I went with 1x8GB is because I split the 2x8GB purchase with my cousin who's building his PC for the very first time. It was $70 on Newegg for both sticks during BF so we split the cost in half. It would be nice to run dual-channel with 2x4gb but I don't think it will matter much for the purpose of this machine.
Crucial MX300 750GB SSD Baby I got this for $99 during Amazon Cyber Monday Deal. Didn't really need it. I go on Slickdeals a lot so yeah....Slickdeals effect you know? Just installed SteamOS on it to see what it's like. Would buy again for $99.
WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM No sale here. Probably the cheapest and most reputable 1TB 7200RPM HDD you can buy brand new in the market right now. Only 50 bucks. This is my go to mechanical drive for basically anything really.
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB FTW ACX 2.0 Pulled this from my Master Gaming PC (before it was called that). It was purchased in 2016 for right under $110 shipped on Jet. Decent card for 1080p medium gaming. Runs Shower With Your Dad Simulator at 120+ FPS. Can't really ask for much more.
Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX I got this for $35 after rebate. I really like the simple and clean design of this shoe box. It's one of the smallest mini-itx chassis you can get that will fit most of your gaming needs. It's only slightly larger than Fractal Design Node 202, but it can fit a 3.5" mechanical drive so that's why I went with this one. Get the Node 202 if you only use 2.5" drives.
EVGA 430W 80+ PSU Not titanium, platinum, gold, silver, or even bronze. Must be stone then...but who cares! For only $10 during a sale I gave no thoughts when purchasing this. Just don't die on me lol. I would not buy this for anymore than $20 brand new. It's just a cheap, simple, low power, and inefficient PSU for poverty gaming. It only has 1x 8pin PCI-E connector so beware.
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit I actually used an old Windows 8.1 Professional product key I got from my school to install Windows 10 Pro and it worked! Not much else to say here except that Windows 10 PRO is better. jk lol
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm RED LED Okay I made the mistake of buying a 140mm fan and it WILL NOT fit if you want to install a 3.5" drive in this case. The 140mm fan prevented me from sliding the 3.5" drive into place to secure it. Thankfully I live 15 minutes away from Micro Center so I went and got their cheapest 120mm fan. The photos I took with the front fan installed are 140mm which I later replaced after finding out my 3.5" HDD didn't fit. I was too lazy to do a re-shoot. Btw, even though no one will be able to see it, my little PC is rocking a red LED fan. I just had to say this.
Alright thanks everyone for tuning in on my 2nd pc build ever! Yay....stay tuned for my upcoming MASTER GAMING PC FINAL FORM FIRST BUILD EVERR!!