Coming from a custom-loop watercooled PC I (regrettably) sold to my brother last year, simplicity was the goal here. No enormous radiator, no fancy watercooling blocks for the CPU, motherboard and MOFSET, no CrossFire. The aim was to build a budget editing machine. Seeing as how I haven't used a DVD drive since 2006, this build wouldn't even have a home for one.
The simple and elegant NZXT came with a small box with exactly the goodies you need when building a desktop at home. A handful of zipties, as well as a healthy assortment of screws. The operating system, Windows 10 Pro x64, would be installed on a 512GB SSD with a 4TB internal, spinning drive for media. Six terabytes of external storage are on deck in case I start dabbling in some video work this year too; I know I'll need more space either way in not too long, though.
An AMD 8350 Black is at the heart of the machine — coupled with 16GB of 2133 DDR3 I should be fine for the next couple of years. While I still game here and there, the majority of what I do is editing photos and SolidWorks at this point.
On that note, a decent GPU is still nice to have. Luckily I had 2 old AMD 5870s sitting on the shelf collecting dust. Eventually I'll upgrade but just one of these guys will do the trick for now. Also, since my power supply is modular, running one less car means less power cables going through the box which is always a nice thing.
Wiring up the case to the board was simple and straightforward — all the standard switches, audio, and a couple extra USB 3.0 ports on top of the tower. No watercooling pumps, extra temperature sensors, fan controllers or LEDs.
It tidied up nicely and has already sped up my workflow tremendously compared to the laptop I was stuck on for a few months. Just the basics — 8 cores of computing power for under $800. It's definitely not the fastest thing a person can build, but I couldn't be happier.