I was in the market for a new computer to use for working from home (doing light data work and photo editing, but mostly word processing). When I saw current prices for the specs I wanted, I decided it would be a good time to jump in and learn how to build!
I had a lot of fun learning about the components and deciding on parts (then of course reading too many reviews and exchanging parts). What I ended up with is definitely more than a simple office computer, because I did want to try out some PC gaming using the integrated graphics on the AMD Ryzen CPU and wanted room to upgrade my system in the future with a dedicated graphics card. My monitor is definitely not the best, but it's ok for me as I don't really plan on playing games at ultra high resolution on this current build.
I watched the three-part building a PC in 2019 series from Paul's Hardware before I got all my components and during the build. I think he does a great job and outlining all the details, and I was surprised at how quickly my build came together.
The case I picked was mostly for airflow and aesthetics after returning a Cooler Master Q500L that has pretty bad reviews. The NZXT H510 is a solid case, very good looking, with great cable management for a new builder like me. The case fans are a bit loud, so I might switch those out. I also had issues vertically mounting my extra 2.5 SSD storage due to the cables from my PSU, so I opted to horizontally mount in the front of the case. The top USB type-C is not connected because I realized too late that my motherboard doesn't ahve the proper header for it, but I wasn't planning on using it anyway, so I just tucked the cable away. The only other thing is that the cables on my PSU are a little stiff out of the box, so the 24-pin cable took some work to get into place through the dedicated channels on the case.
Overall I had a lot of fun and learned a lot! I probably spent more money than was necessary, but I'm hoping this helps set me up for when I do upgrade or use parts on a second build.