I've been wanting to build myself a desktop computer since 2013, but never really had the resources to do it. Nearing the end of a year off from school and working full-time, the time was ripe.
I spent a good amount of time poring over reviews and putting together part lists here on PCPartpicker. My original build plan was for ~$700 with an i5-6500 and a GTX 960 or the like. Jun 2016 friend was selling his 970 to upgrade, so I bought it off him as a favor to both myself and him (a better GPU than I planned on getting.)
November 2016 I planned out a trip to Microcenter (killer deals) and ended up going a little above the specs on the CPU, RAM, and SSD since it would give me a little more room for the future. I had two slight blunders where I neglected to get a CPU cooler since Intel decided to not include a stock one anymore, and then the original PSU that I got didn't' have enough connectors for my GPU. Other than that, the build went along painlessly. This case is wonderful because you can fit full-size components while still fitting in a relatively small form factor.
It's been liberating having a desktop now because I can actually use my laptop as a laptop instead of leaving it plugged in on my desk with all my accessories. The monitor was an impulse buy while at Microcenter buying printer ink and paper. While some will say the 25" ultrawide is too small, it has comparable height with my previous monitor, so it's been great for me. 21:9 is incredibly immersive and I highly recommend making the jump.
In hindsight, I should have sprung for a modular PSU, but the 250D has plenty of room and the cables don't get in the way. Overall, I'm very happy with 'lil cubee. 10/10 would build again.
LED's come soon.