Just some history I have been a console player for a little over ten years now and I have always wanted a pc (but not switch over completely as I would still prefer to play certain games on console). This has been a dream for about 5 years now but I have never had the knowledge or money to get one until now.....kinda. I first played on a pc a couple months ago when my college roommate invited me to try it after telling him that I wanted one. His rig was pretty expensive, I would say more than what I have here but the experience was amazing and the MnK aspect of it wasn't as challenging as I though it would be (I somewhat got used to it within that short time, no god obviously, but after using a controller for so long it wasn't bad). He had plans of building a newer and even better one and said that he would offer to sell his to me when the time comes which I am totally up for but I am not sure when that would be. fast forward to Christmas my friend got a 700-ish dollar pre built one (he has no knowledge on pc specs or building one...he hadn't even played on one before hand and dint want to go through all of that....which I don't blame him because it can be intimidating). All of my close friends want pc's as well and some of my friends that switched tell me get one. So as of 2 days ago I sucked it up and decide to do some research.
Reasons behind this build 5 years ago I came into it thinking I was going to build a 500 dollar budget build, which I could, but after doing my recent research that wouldn't cut it with most of the games and the amount of games I play today. Before my research I planned on spending 700 maybe 800 on one but I wanted to take longevity into perspective when it came to performance and the games I currently play. So now its up to about 950 (I told myself no more than 1k on the pc alone, I also said "if i can spend 1400 on a MacBook Pro for college than I can push my budget up for a gaming pc" (granted I making monthly payments on it). After research, constant part picking/updating, tutorials, and a month of buying parts its done!
Im a shooter focused gamer mainly fps so I would be playing would play: BF3, BF4, last gen console cods (new gens for console), PUBG, GTAV - and of course any interesting pc games I come across.
Me mainly playing older games this build will run them at 1440p @ high frames which is cool however Im totally ok with playing in 1080p @ higher frames so performance will last even longer for me. I also wanted to take into account that I want to get the best life out of this rigs performance before I would nee to start upgrading. I also took aesthetics into account and tried to get some integrate rgb/cool parts when I could because I didnt want it to be a plane box. All of this leading up to this list.
I am really happy with this build and knowing that I picked out the parts, put it all together got it working on the first go, all while looking good is the best feeling ever. I am so glad I choose to build it myself. I am posting the build both for feedback from pc vets/owners who know way more than me but also for newbies like myself who are unsure on what to do/get and to see my reasons behind what I picked for a first build.