So, the purpose of the build was to replace my six year old desktop computer, which recently died. All of my computers were either family computers, which I would upgrade RAM and GPU on, and pre-built/ordered. My desktop that died, was actually a pre-built customized unit from HP (the six year old one).
This is my first build, ever. I'm currently in grad school and working on my dissertation, and I prefer typing on my desktop over a laptop over extended periods of time, so I knew I wanted to replace it quick. I also consider myself a casual-moderate gamer (Overwatch, SWTOR, Mass Effect Andromeda, etc.). I threw this parts list together on (5/12 and 5/13), and got some helpful feedback from folks on this site. Being my first build, there were definitely some things that I overlooked... Such as RAM frequency that would best support the CPU and motherboard, and future-proofing just a little for when I upgrade down the road. My budget was about $700 ballpark, with some flexibility.
Why the AMD Ryzen 5 1600? Well, I was originally looking at the Ryzen 5 1500X, and when I created my first part list, the first people to comment and create a list for me just plugged in the 1600. Wasn't even considering that, but for an extra $30, I thought why not.
Why the MSI B350 Tomahawk? It was actually a Newegg bundle where I saved $20. on both the CPU and this motherboard. I also did quite a bit of reading on reviews here and there (Newegg, Amazon, Tom's Hardware, this website), and although this board needed a lot of updates and fixes, it seemed like for the most part that it has leveled out a bit more.
The GPU I already had, as I bought over the Christmas holidays, and was upgrading from a GTX 260 (Believe me, I know... I'll upgrade towards the end of the year). The PSU I chose 650 because I'm planning on upgrading my graphics card down the road, and just wanted more than enough power. Plus it was only $10 more and on sale, at the time. And the rest, the memory and the case, I chose those purely based on aesthetics and looks to my liking.
This being my first build, it actually look me 4 hours to put the entire thing together. I followed the manuals just to see where everything was and how things were laid out. The most difficult thing for me was actually putting on the Wraith Spine cooler (came with the CPU) on the motherboard... That was probably because I decided to put it on before inserting the motherboard into the case... (Yep, I may have been an idiot for that, but you live and you learn). Aside from that moment and freaking out for about 10 minutes trying to secure the stock cooler on the CPU, everything else went well. It was time consuming, of course, as I wanted to make sure I did everything right. Cable management was pretty easy for the case - lots of room - and the motherboard needed to be placed carefully in as space got tight.
It was a great feeling turning on the computer for the first time and seeing the boot option screen. That was pretty awesome and a "Oh yeeeeeeeah!" for me :) Everything is running smooth. I have not OC'd my CPU, and I am not sure if I will at this point, though I have my ram running at 3k right now.
If I could change one thing, it'd obviously be the GPU. But as money got tight, I saved myself $100+ for not upgrading now. Overall, I am very, very happy with my build. And so very happy that it actually turned on.
In the words of Lego Batman, "FIRST TRY!"