My first attempt at a custom build. I gathered parts over the course of ~4 months without much direction or research in what would make the "best" PC for my needs. I wanted a general high-performance/gaming machine primarily for Blizzard games and maybe some PC exclusives. Ended up buying big ticket parts (CPU, GPU, RAM etc) which had good deals/discounts over time and ended up with this list. I'd say my actual cost was about 25% less than the PCPP estimate here.
The compatibility of all the parts worked out, and since I only used stock cooling I'm running the CPU and GPU at moderate levels of overclocking. Planning on setting it up with either a 4k monitor or 1440p ultrawide.
Great CPU, easy to overclock to 4.0GHz with stock cooler.
Highly recommended, large QVL and 2 on-board NVMe (M.2) slots. Also has RGB lighting and simple controller software that also helped control the CPU cooler lights.
Looks really good, although I regret not spending a bit more for the RGB variant. Started out at base/default 2133MHz but was easy to bring to its rated 3000MHz with no stability issues so far.
Cheap extra storage, was a little hard to attach connectors in my case's layout.
Can't go wrong with this. Although it looks like the newer 970 is actually cheaper than the 960, so I would say go for that now. I will probably buy the 970 sometime to fit the second slot in my motherboard.
Not the greatest looking card visually, and my overclock is only stable at a bit less than what others seem to be getting. Still a solid buy if you can get it for <$400 (which I did).
Best case for a minimalistic design, if that is what you are aiming for. I think the extra $30 is worth it for the lighting, fans and controllers, especially since I enjoy RGB lighting effects. Cabling was pretty easy with enough freedom to do it your own way, and an easy lower covered compartment to shove all the stiff power supply cables without tying them all up.
My build didn't need this much power but I got a good deal on this. Found it on clearance at Best Buy for half off, making it cheaper than a bronze rated 550W supply. I'll have plenty left to extend my build with extra coolers etc.
Wireless Network Adapter
I like the dash of color and it worked right out of the box.