Me and a bunch of my friends all decided to build gaming PCs a while back for fun and most of us have never built any so we were all really excited, all would be built around gaming and a little editing from time to time for school. I didn't have a lot to spend so I knew it would be a budget build but it came out being far less expensive than I thought. Never built for overclocking and I don't plan on overclocking. The build came out a little weird for me since I bought the parts all gradually from Jan-Jun (a lot longer than I thought for a budget build (-_-* )) which gave me ample time to do all the research I needed for PC building and maintenance. I also learned my lesson about buying parts gradually and not having a fixed budget.
GPU Thought it was the best price/performance ratio at the time, then the 960 came out and I instantly regretted buying my GPU first, still runs almost everything how I like 60fps or higher at 1050p with high/ultra settings mixed BF4, CSGO, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Minecraft w/ shaders. Also wanted an Nvidia card for Physx and all those other Nvidia exclusives
CASE I heard it was high quality and it was budget and I liked it so I bought it, still was high quality and budget but definitely would've considered a mid tower a little more for the long run but fits everything how I like it now but cable management was very tricky, there was absolutely zero space behind the motherboard for management and I was quite lucky to get my OS on a USB drive since trying to cable manage without the space in the optical drive bay would be near impossible. This case was not made for pretty wiring.
PSU Yet again another cheap part that worked ok but would've considered slightly higher for the future..
CPU One of the last parts I bought, best CPU I could find with the remaining money along with the motherboard. Was on sale for $99 and I'm pretty happy with it.
MOTHERBOARD Best motherboard I could find for the 6300 with my remaining money, decent looking and I just had to have the anti-surge. Unfortunately realized it couldn't support front panel USB 3.0 in the middle of wiring up the front panel which was quite a disappointment :/
RAM Only needed a cheap 4gb since my school gave me a 2gb DDR3 stick and I decided 6gb would be enough, at least for now.
As for the HDD I was able to get a 500gb Seagate from my school's lab as well which is ok for now ( I plan on getting a 1tb drive later on) and the OS is another story, one of my friends had a major heat problem with his build (he finished far before me) and needed an extra fan, he gave me his last copy of Win 8 in exchange for my exhaust which is why I had to get an extra fan so I got the NF-S12B Redux, which suits my needs and is really quiet.
The build went fine
I messed up the I/O shield so bad and I'm pretty proud of the final product opened the case 3 times after building to fix front panel connectors which I think suits my current needs perfectly. Luckily no problems as of yet, just regrets about a few of the parts and plans for upgrading and buying myself some nice new peripherals (and maybe even building another PC later on...)