Wanted an inexpensive, quick, small-ish, efficient PC for work, streaming movies occasionally, Steam (mostly Civ) and set a budget for myself. This is my first PC build and I'd definitely do a couple things differently, but overall I'm very happy with how the build turned out. Spent a lot of time looking at benchmark websites, watching Linus, and reading Tom's, and pouring over reviews / guides to figure everything out. Very happy that it booted up first time and is working well after a couple weeks.
Would love feedback, pictures will be posted soon.
A few notes on components:
CPU - choice was between i3 6300 and this. Probably would have been happy either way for now, but wanted the quad core for the future. Jet had a deal I missed, so you can find this part at a better price point if you're patient.
Motherboard - very easy to work (both building and monitoring) with and looks great too. Not planning on overclocking so this was all I needed. Super simple BIOS. Noob friendly.
Case - N200 case fans are pretty quiet and sufficient for my build, thought the quality was excellent when considering I got the case for $30 thanks to a rebate. Removed HDD cage for better airflow, might put back in to add a hard drive or just try to use one of the unused drive bays. No frills, but lots of smart design features and pretty great quality.
SSD - Fast and large enough for now. Happy with it an might add another SSD or HDD soon.
GPU - Struggled here the most. Wanted to keep to my budget and with needing to buy Windows, the budget was tight. Until I upgrade my monitor (Dell P2414H), this will let me do everything I want and then I can upgrade. Being newer than GTX 950 and on sale at the time I was looking were the two selling points. Don't love the interface.
RAM - considering going up to 16GB. This works great for now, very solid.
PSU - might have underdone it here on the PSU as I'll might be a little restricted if I want to drop a GPU that draws a lot of power. Also, since I'm a little compulsive, cable management was not very easy with non-modular PSU, but so far this is a quality power supply and does it's job. [Estimated Wattage range from PCpartpicker calculator: 48W - 215W]
OS - Cortana and bloatware, but it works.
Wireless Network Adapter - works great, was considering PCI-E wireless network card instead, but this works great, so no complaints. Just might have been able to save a few $$ here and get similar performance out of my home network.
Great card if you can get it for under $100.
Perfect first build / budget build case