I wanted to build a desktop for the first time so I got some brand new but mid-range parts. Didn't want it to be too expensive because I wasn't sure if I'd ever use it since I already have a laptop. I've ended up using it as a media/streaming PC though!
I took the HDD from one of my stepdad's old desktops, although at some point I might put an SSD in it for kicks.
When I first tried to build it, I couldn't get it to boot and left it sitting unfinished for 2 weeks thinking I'd have to take it to a repair shop because I was out of my depth. I was worried I somehow fried the motherboard because I didn't have one of those fancy static wrist bands or whatever I always saw in build videos. The fan and light for the power button turned on but nothing else. Turns out I was mis-reading the guide for the motherboard and trying to plug the PSU in wrong. Also, my approach to "cable management" was basically "as long as the wires aren't hitting the CPU fan it's good" so it's not exactly pretty inside.
Not like I have a glass case anyway.
I'm using external adapters for wifi, bluetooth, and a mouse. If I try to put any of them on a port in the back, the signal gets jammed, so my only option was either have the back facing out (so I'd have to reach around to the power button like a peasant) or use a hub to get enough USB ports on the front, since the case only has 2. I ended up sticking the hub to the top of the case with poster tape because its cord isn't long enough to have it actually rest anywhere. It looks stupid but it's functional.
I originally put Ubuntu 17.04 on it but couldn't get it to correctly underscan (my TV overscans by a loooot which I cannot just live with; read the manual and searched online to no avail, then ended up calling support just to be told only a privileged technician could turn off overscan and oh would you like us to schedule that for $100? Sorry, we can't just tell you how they do it :)....??? Never get a Hitachi TV I guess; then, for some reason Ubuntu wouldn't let me set a non-16:9 resolution and after a few days trying to figure it out and dejectedly staring at old Stack Exchange posts that were only vaguely relevant, I gave up) SO it's now running Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. I don't want to deal with constant updates and bloatware.
It takes maybe 10 seconds to boot and the fan & HDD are super loud during that period, so not exactly the best, but otherwise runs great. Granted I'm just watching anime, but hey at least my anime is buttery smooth.
UPDATE: Power supply has been changed to an EVGA Bronze 80+ rated 480 W and operating system is now Ubuntu 18.01 (LTS). Planning on getting a 120 GB SSD as a boot drive soon.
Works perfectly! The stock fan is kind of loud and sucky but that's expected.
It has a tacky & low quality (pixelated/blurry) MSI logo screen on boot. Otherwise it's fine.
Wish it had 3 USB ports on the front instead of 2. Looks very unassuming. Tray/holder for drives is kind of a pain to use as it holds them sideways instead of laying them flat and has like a billion screws you need to use to keep it secure--would rate it 3 stars just for that but the price makes up for it.
Apparently this thing is known for bursting into flames. I've managed to go 7 months without dying tho so that's definitely worth a star!