This build serves a number of purposes:
I needed new computer (duh). It is powerful enough to suit my needs, hopefully for 5+ years.
To learn about computers. What better way to learn than to build my own.
To save money/get stronger computing power for the same price
Parts: This is the final parts list of five iterations of the list before I finally made my purchases. I found some items cheaper than listed at Micro Center (like my processor...).
Problems along the way:
Wouldn't turn on
Solution: Plug it in (which I forgot to do).
Solution: Connect monitor to graphics card, not motherboard. This took me a while to figure out, and I was freaking out the whole time.
I paid close attention to:
Being neat with my cords. This looks nice and improves airflow, thus increasing longevity.
Understanding exactly what I was doing and why before I did each step. Hence the learning.
In the future I would:
Get another fan or two for even better air flow.
Get a smaller case. While extra space is good for airflow, it would have been nice to have about half as much empty space as I do for a more compact computer.
Oh, and also:
[hashtag]ilooklikeanengineer ... although I'm not an electrical or computer engineer