Rather than shop around and wait for parts to roll in, I impatiently decided I was going to build a new semi-budget office desktop for programming from my local Micro Center. I loaded up my shopping cart, clicked purchase and via email was notified that 2 parts were not in stock:
Thermaltake Versa h22 case (http://www.microcenter.com/product/432417/Versa_H22_Special_Edition_Mid_Tower_Case_-_Black)
No big deal. I was going to pick up a couple off the shelf replacements. I got there around 7:45 pm (9 pm closing time), and went to grab the replacements then online pickup. I knew I needed to find a case and PSU so I head that way first. There apparently was a run on PSUs at my MC because basically the only PSUs left were overpriced 600w and above. I eventually found a tucked away EVGA 450 and had them price match Newegg, so moving on...
Next up was a case. I wanted to spend $50 or less, so I went to the shelf of blatantly obvious $50 or less cases. After noticing stock again seemed low, I asked which not terrible $50 or less case is in stock, to which they replied...the Corsair SPEC-01. I wanted the Versa originally because it looks decent, has no tool bays. decent cable mgmt, and comes with 4 fans but given the lack of choices and patience, I loaded up the Corsair which I've since decided I like.
This is when things got a little weird. I went up to the counter to pick up the remainder of my order. They bring out everything they do have, sans motherboard which was a cheap Gigabyte GA-H110M-A mATX. Long story short they couldn't find it even though it was confirmed and they only had 2 similar boards in stock, one of which was the MSI H170A with a sticker tag of $115. The same awesome sales associate that helped me with case & psu rolled up and was very empathetic. It's pretty close to closing time at this point and after getting the go ahead, they gave me the 170 board for the price I was getting the H110. That's...pretty sweet.
Feeling pretty good about how things ended up, I'm headed home. After after fiddling with cables for an couple hours, everything's built and I turn it on. Silencio. Nada. Super rookie mistake not to test that right away, but somehow I got a busted PSU, so I go to bed dissatisfied.
It's now day 2 and I head back up to MC. For some reason I had the impression there were more fans in the case, so I grab a couple cheap blue LED fans to get by for now, and they exchange my PSU. I also thought the case had a blue fan in front, which is why I got blue. After I get home, everything's working and it turns out the case fan is red, but who cares...everything's working.
What started out pretty horrible ended up being pretty awesome thanks to the people at Micro Center. I realize this is a fairly generic build, but it was eventful nonetheless.
Some random notes:
I'll be picking adding a mid range graphics card, better cooler and fans.
Case management is not like riding a bike. It's been awhile.
Yes that's an adjustable Ikea desk with homemade monitor shelf.
Benchmark score (32 bit): http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/7465674