I am 16, currently a junior, this is my first build. Everything was bought by myself from money I got during the Summer by working with the school county IT department I live in, shadowing computer technicians. I made $800 that Summer and building my PC has always been something I wanted to do.
All parts were bought from Newegg except for the processor which is from Amazon. I painfully waited November and most of December for good PC part deals and perusing at pcpartpicker's "price drops". In the end I got a PC that plays games at least 4 times as good as my $400 HP 2000 that I have had since 2011 (that thing is still a warrior).
Pictures of building will come later. The motherboard I have is a known good one for overclocking and the case can fit a coolermaster hyper 212 EVO, if I ever decide to overclock. My monitor is 1280x1024, and playing games at native resolution is fine for me personally, and it gives me extra FPS.
Cable management may get a face lift via zip ties, and whatever tips I can find. The CPU runs hotter than I expect on the stock cooler, 37*C idle and haven't done anything under load.
Building this PC has been a dream, collecting all the parts over a period of 2 months has been mentally taxing, but oh so rewarding. The name Scarlet Vapor largely comes from the fact that there is a red LED on the front fan, but also because in my APLAC class we finished the Scarlet Letter before the semester ended, although the biggest reason is because Scarlet has always been my favorite name.
Reiterating, this build has been great. It was like all those crappy Dell machines I tore apart and cleaned over the Summer for the county all coming into this magnificent dynamo. Everything about the machine was handpicked by myself and it feels a like a part of me (especially doing this with literally no tools, everything was hand tightened, including the motherboard standoffs which was not fun).
Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!