I intended this build to be used for gaming. Not going to be over clocking. Since no over clocking will be done I chose to save a few dollars with my choice of pieces on my build.
I went with the i5 4690 cpu. Overall great cpu and it's the highest clocked Intel i5 available at the time and it wasn't unlocked like the "k" edition saving me a few dollars. Performs very well with my games.
I chose the Rosewill RCX-Z300 as my cpu cooler. I wanted a cm hyper 212 evo but as far as I know it doesn't fit in my case so I chose this instead of using stock cooler (nobody uses stock for gaming). I just wanted something that performs better than stock with less noise and better cooling effiency to prolong the life of my cpu.
Motherboard is an Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA 1150. Great bang for the buck board here. Went with the H97 chipset since my cpu is locked and no over clocking will be done. Quality product here with plenty of options to upgrade. Just too bad it doesn't support SLI for Nvidia graphics cards but it does support Crossfire for multiple Amd video cards.
For memory I went with Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600Mhz. Using two separate four gigabyte sticks to run dual channel setup. 8GB is all I need right now for gaming. Solid budget memory that performs at 1600Mhz all day. I wanted the red version of these but I had the blue laying around so I decided to use these to save some $$$. Probably will replace with red version but will upgrade to 16GB (2x8GB).
Now for my hard drive I chose the 1TB Western Digital Black series HDD. I needed a drive with high capacity for a good price, but also performed good for my gaming needs so I chose the black series instead of the budget blue series from Western Digital. Great drive with good load times. From cold startup I get to boot into windows and be ready in 2 minutes. Plan to upgrade with SSD.
The case is a Corsair Spec-01 mid tower. Great case for $50. Offers good air cooling support housing up to five case fans. I'm loving the two front intake fans blowing air right into my video card keeping it nice and cool. Wire management can be tough in this case as it is a little smaller than some mid towers out there. Just as long as u run the 8pin cpu wire first before placing motherboard in the case then u won't have a problem keeping a nice clean wire managed build. Also this case allows for long video cards which is a plus. Maybe not so great for multiple cards though as I can see airflow problems occurring.
UPDATE 8/28/15 Power supply was a Corsair CX 750M 80+ bronze. I replaced the CX750m with a Cooler Master V650 80+Gold. Much better build quality. Just dislike the sleeving they used for the wires. I think Corsair was prettier.
Basic Asus DVD drive. Don't use much CDs or DVDs but it's nice to have. I think these things are going extinct.
UPDATE 8/28/15 Upgraded to Windows 10 Home and no problems here.
Corsair red led fans keeps things cool and helps compliment the inside hardware by lighting it up to be seen by everyone :)
Thank you for checking out my build. Feel free to comment and ask questions. Also this was my first build ever. I aimed at wire management the best I could. Let me know what you think. Thanks again and I hope u enjoyed my build.
UPDATE 2/11/16 So far no issues with anything since build. Added an SSD a couple months ago. Its a San Disk SSD Plus 240GB that I picked up for $70 at best buy and WOW the boot times between SSD and HDD is a big difference. Very happy about that.
UPDATE 9/21/16 Just upgraded my gpu about a week ago. Went from EVGA GTX960 FTW to EVGA GTX1070 SC. Big difference in gaming performance. All games maxed out graphics settings at 1080p solid 60fps. Seen this gtx 1070 boost to 1911mhz clock speed. Not planning to overclock it anytime soon as it performs very well already. After upgrading to this gpu now planning to do a new build on the skylake z170 platform.
Decent cooler for the price. Performs better than stock while making less noise. I think this should be considered the stock cooler IMO.
Great video card. Definitely recommend this over the GTX1060 even if you are only playing at 1080p. It's cool and quiet with no coil whine. I'm very pleased with it.