After using laptops for what feels like forever, I finally decided to make the switch to a desktop. Because this was the first time I've ever attempted something like this, after research and probably annoying my older brother with constant questions, the build was put together based on feedback from friends and family.
Overall, building it was an amazing experience but was also pretty nerve-wracking. I kept wondering, "Is this how it's done? Am I doing it right?!" Still, the process was easier than I had expected it to be.
No problems so far, and it's been amazing to be able to play games and do 3D modeling without all the lag that I always experienced on my previous laptop.
Edit: added a SSD! Notes: Will most likely change out the power supply (thank you guys for the feedback!)