My friend and I were playing some PVZ on Xbox the one day and the topic of PC gaming came up. We were pretty passive on it but eventually we started discussing actually building a PC. After about a month of research, I decided I was going to go through with it and actually build one. So I originally had a $500 build in mind(not because of a budget but because I wanted to start small) and well you guys could see how that turned out.
I bought all the parts weekly. Did not want to spend it all at once. BAD IDEA GUYS. I would not recommend buying stuff little by little. If one of the parts is defective, you're screwed out of the warranty for waiting to long. The mobo was the first thing I bought which I probably messed up because it does not have onboard usb 3.0 header. The storage, I actually got both of them on sale at Fry's for $100. The rest of the parts I just spent half a paycheck and put some on credit. It took be about a month to collect all the parts and about half a month to get time to actually build it.
When I first started the build I was pretty confident, everything was going well and then I hit a snag. When I was trying to insert the mobo into the case, it was not fitting with the standoffs. After much struggling I almost gave up but then realized that the i/o shield was not inserted properly. After everything was pretty much smooth. The most difficult was obviously wiring and trying to get good cable management.
I really only a play a few games. Smite and LoL, maybe some HIZI here and there. I spent most of my time editing pictures a running a few 3D programs. Works amazing compared to my old computer.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this first time build.