This is my first build. I decided to strike a balance between performance and price and wanted something that used mid to high quality parts and newer standards for each component. It was a tossup whether or not to use liquid cooling or a heatsink/fan combo, but I ultimately chose to go with the HSF to keep things simple. Hopefully I won't regret that later if I decide to overclock in the future.
I'll mostly be using this as a gaming computer and to access my NAS for media files. Also, I have a Razer Ouroboros wireless/wired mouse that I will be using in addition to the one I listed in the parts list.
The simplest part of of the build was installing the NVME SSD in the M.2 slot, while the hardest part for me was attaching the header cables to the mobo and the cable management afterwards. The Fractal design case did make cable management much easier though. I'm glad I went with the SSD that I did, because software installs in a snap. As one reviewer said, "Let's go ludicrous speed! We've gone plaid." (A Space Balls reference for those not in the know).
One issue I did run into was the system initially worked before I installed the graphics card and wireless card (yes, I tested the build before I wound up installing everything), but once I did, it wouldn't post with video. After re-seating the graphics card and moving the wireless card to a different x1 slot because the wireless card was rubbing against the graphics card, it worked perfectly.
Overall, I'm happy with the build and I learned a lot in the process, which is what I was going for anyways.