Wife's computer had its mother board dying a slow death, so it was time to put something together on a budget. Her old computer had a fairly recent video card upgrade, so I used it in this build to save some money.
I also had a Sandisk 128 gig SSD that I had used in my computer and since upgraded to a larger SSD. I installed it for Windows and World of Warcraft, which is my wife's game. Windows loads in seconds, much faster than from a regular hard drive. I think I paid under $40 for it at Best Buy. If I had to do it again, I would install a bit larger one, but this was on hand at no added cost.
I found some better prices by using Amazon Prime (no shipping cost brought it in line with what others were charging + shipping.
I spent under $475 total for parts, plus $5 for an extra SATA cable.
I looked at a shop that builds custom computers. The wanted $699 for essentially this same build, but with lower end parts and a cheap/ugly case.
Seems to run well, close to the same performance as the i5 processor in my computer for much less money.
Easy install, came with good documentation. Only downside I see so far is that the video card covers the expansion slot that I had planned on using for a wifi adapter.
This was the only part that I ordered from Newegg and their shipping held the build up for a week and a half. If I bought it again, I would buy from Amazon. Newegg shipping was poor at best.
Good RAM from a company with a solid reputation. Origionally I was going to use Kensington RAM to save some money, but it was out of stock so went with this.
It's a hard drive. Good price, I payed less by using Amazon Prime.
Good looking case, feels solid and well made. I liked that the front tilts forward, as it made installation of all the components really easy.
Only downside I saw is that cable management is difficult because there's not a really good place to hide all the extra power cables. I ended up tucking them under the front fan, where they are pretty well out of sight.
I am going to add a rear exhaust fan, as I think it needs a little more ventilation.
Works well, easy install, plenty of outlets.
Inexpensive, looks good, seems to run well.
It's Windows 10.