This is my first time building my own PC, though I had some help from a friend. Definitely something I wouldn't mind doing again; it's actually pretty fun and not as difficult as I thought. I was planning to use it for architectural renderings and some games on the side; nothing too demanding. The prices are a little different since I'm from the Philippines; I think more expensive on some if not all the parts. Also using the current conversion so there might be some inconsistencies I think.
Now to the parts, I actually asked one of the store employees at a local retailer about a month before buying if he could recommend specs for a certain budget and he gives me a list of the parts. But I felt that it could become so much better if I just raise my budget a bit and research more on the parts and pick them out myself, so I did. I spent over a month researching about computers. The result of which is this build. And though my research was pretty extensive for the time-frame, there is just so much to learn from practical experience that reading reviews and watching videos cannot teach.
So far, I haven't faced any problems with it. Hopefully I did not speak too soon. The motherboard is just amazing how it's so complete for a micro-ATX form factor. The processor is great; the GPU is just awesome at rendering and games; RAM is well... RAM, though my friend said the sleeve is really good for controlling the heat. I'm not an overclocker though since I hear it can reduce the lifespan of the components for a little boost. But to each his own. For me I'm quite satisfied with the speeds for now.
Storage is pretty sufficient for now. If I had the budget, I would have gone for an SSD also, but I'm being thrifty... or cheap or whatever you like to call it. Maybe there was something I could have changed to accommodate one but a bit late now haha
The case/chassis I am very satisfied with, given how budget friendly the price. I also had to find one that wasn't too big so it could fit under my table which also has a platform for a PC. I'm limited to a height of around 17" or 430mm and a depth of about 20" or 510mm. The width is pretty clear to about 10" or 250mm. I would've liked to see dust filters on the top though, but I guess I could just buy a couple from a local store. Or maybe there really shouldn't be dust filters there? I don't know, still kinda new to this.
If I had one regret, it's not opting for a modular or semi-modular power supply as it would have made the cable management much better. I just thought "Oh I might forget I have spare cables in the box and go out and buy new ones as I have a tendency to do that sometimes." Well I hope my instincts were right.
Then there's the issue of availability of components. In Cebu, we don't exactly have a lot to choose from. I originally wanted just a 2gb version of the 270x but sadly the store I went to ran out, hence the 4gb for an extra 500 Pesos. Fortunately, the other parts were available and I didn't have to go on an Amazing Race like what happened to my friend.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this build for now and I hope I'll be able to make the most of this for a very long time. I hope this has been helpful to anyone who's reading this, because this website and the internet community has been very helpful in providing me information and I just wanted to give back, or at least try. Peace! :)