After going back and forth in my head and entertaining the idea of becoming a PC gamer, I finally decided to take the leap with the help of some friends to build my first PC. Originally, I had no set budget but eventually I decided to stay somewhere in the $1500 or less range. If I ended up going over budget then it wouldn't have bothered me since I wasn't shooting for a budget PC from the get-go. I was lucky enough to have some of the parts for my build already like an HDD and peripherals so I did not have to buy those for my build.
As a first time builder, I had to do a lot of research on getting the best bang for my buck to accomplish my goal while looking aesthetically pleasing and matching the overall color theme I had in mind. I was aiming for a build that I could overclock but could still crush 1080p in max settings and do quite well in 1440p non-overclocked in modern games.
At first, I had no idea how I wanted my build to look but as I scrolled through this site, checking out other user's builds and adding to my own, I eventually started to have a working build in mind. What it came down to in the end was a choice of a red and black theme because it was a common color theme among the parts I was adding to my build so I stuck with it instead of trying to re-do the whole build. Personally, I'm loving the red and black even though it originally wasn't something I choose.
Honestly, it took me quite some time to physically put together my build. Probably more so than the average person but it was still a memorable experience. Nothing beats finishing up your build and having it run properly on the first attempt, too. Considering the fact I was entertaining the idea of simply buying a pre-built PC instead of building my own, I'm glad I decided to not do that and just build my own. In this day and age where items are usually already pre-built for you and require little to not assembly, building my own PC was a great divergence from that. If anyone reading this is still on the fence about building their own PC or buying pre-built then I'd recommend custom built every time. The feeling of "pride" and sense of ownership in oneself from building a pc instead of buying one pre-built is incomparable.
So far, I'm loving my PC. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with it considering I've yet to overclock any of the components or try running any demanding games on the highest settings on it. However, I think with a few tweaks, some more research and using good judgment then there shouldn't be any problems I won't be able to handle with my build in the foreseeable future.