My first time assembling a PC! Primary use is for gaming and browsing the Internet (wasting time on reddit) and watching movies!
Build went pretty well, took around 2 to 3 hours to assemble everything! The Corsair Carbide 100R is a really nice case and very affordable from a reputable brand like Corsair. Originally I was going to go with another case, but after seeing the price and the design of the 100R at Micro Center, I decided to get this case. It comes with a side window panel, which is nice, and the minimalist black colored base looks great. Have no been disappointed yet, it has plenty of room for all my parts and even with 4 fans inside the case, it stays very quiet. It comes with everything I needed - USB 3.0 ports, a side window panel, and a nice design.
Picked up a Intel G3258 (at $50 at MicroCenter) because it's the best CPU under $200 when overclocked! Benchmarks say it completes with i3 and even i5 when running games. Honestly after using this CPU for 2 weeks, I have no complaints. It does everything lightning fast, you wouldn't even have known it's a Pentium CPU because of how good the performance is. I have it overclocked to 4GHz stable, but probably can go higher even with the stock CPU fan. Temps stay really cool even with only the stock CPU fan. The only struggle I've seen this CPU has is when I'm trying to play 2K YouTube videos, or intensive multitasking (streaming Chromecast while had many Chrome tabs), but other than that, there is no reason why anyone should pick a i3 over this little fella.
Got the Asus Maximum VI Hero mobo because it was on sale on Newegg and it is a great looking high end mobo. Might of been overkill for the other parts that I used for this build, but with how awesome and reputable Asus mobos are, I couldn't resist.
Decided on the EVGA GTX 960 ACX SSC from Micro Center because I never used an Nvidia card before, and after researching GPUs for 1080p gaming, the 960 can't be beat for it's performance, energy efficiency, and the fact that EVGA is one of the best sub vendors. Plus received The Witcher 3 for free, so that was really nice. The designed of the card amazing and the fact that it's highly overclocked is testament to the quality of EVGA.
Also picked up the nice Acer 24" monitor that does 144Hz at 1080p. I play alot of CS GO, so this monitor is really awesome for that. No tearing or screen blur with this monitor, even without having the fancy G-Sync feature. Honestly this is probably the best monitor under $200 for what is offers. The sleek orange brushed stand also makes it look attractive.
Lastly, the OCZ 240GB SSD is fast, reliable, and affordable. First time using a SSD, and it boots Windows 8.1 in less than 15 seconds. Never going back to a HDD ever again.
Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking!