Building this one just for fun. I've always wanted to build a machine but never took it on. Mainly using it for gaming but also just to learn the build process and have fun. I searched reddit and pcpartpicker.com for ideas on what others were using and conferred with some friends of mine and a group of gamers who all lead me down the path to good part selection and other things I never considered.
Picking out the parts was the longest part (aside from waiting impatiently for FedEx truck). I feel like the case and form factor were easy to work with. Micro ATX is small and next time I would probably go for a larger case and better parts. The GPU has been great so far. It was recommended that I go NVIDIA but I don't know how much I will be gaming. I like to play games, but time doesn't always allow and I have to fit in time to hit the MTB trails too. But I feel like for the price, the graphics card was in my sweet spot.
During the build, you may notice in the pictures that organization was not my strong suit. I pretty much spent Saturday getting it working and installing the OS and some games to try. Then spent two hours Sunday removing all the parts and MoBo and routed cables in a more graceful manner. Also removed the bottom harddrive cage and mounted the SSD under the top drive bay.
Overall I'm pretty happy with my first build. The case and stock fans are quite loud but with a headset on, you don't notice