My very first PC build. So, so glad I finally took the plunge. Only thing not included here is a displayport cable which I bought from Amazon in order to do 144 Hz with my AOC monitor as the included HDMI could only do 120hz. Also trivial detail but I have the black color Gskill 2 x 8GB kit instead of red.
It cost me about $1600 dollars when it was all said and done which was very close to my estimated budget of around $1500. Having never built before though and having enough money to spare I wasn't too concerned with staying exactly on budget. I made this PC primarily for mid-high end gaming, but may eventually try some video/image/audio editing and production.
In terms of gaming performance I could not be more pleased for my budget. I can hit a locked 144 Hz or more (I also use G-Sync with this AOC monitor) in most everything I've thrown at it. The most demanding titles I own or have tried so far are DOOM 2016, Killing Floor 2, Apex Legends, Titanfall 2. I also built this (and titled I may add) in anticipation of Halo the Master Chief collection coming to PC in 2019 or shortly thereafter and I am looking forward to playing that as a long time Halo fan. I may also re-buy Red Dead 2 now on PC even though I finished it on PS4 this year because I just can't wait to see how awesome it looks on a capable PC and how much more fun it will be to play at 60fps and above.
Future upgrades may include an additonal M.2 SSD as games just continue to increase in size these days and I have already amassed a fairly large library of titles across Steam, GOG, and Origin. I want to be able to install a lot at once and currently I've almost filled up half. Another case fan in the near future may also be a good idea for a bit better cooling. The bequiet case I bought came with 2 pre-installed Pure Wings fans (1 front and 1 rear) and they have worked great so far but it does get a bit hot under heavy gaming load, though the front panel fan control switch is great for spinning the fans faster when I want to. Cable management was relatively simple and I also removed all the 3.5 inch Hard Drive caddies for more space & airflow (I love this feature of the case by the way, the modular options are great).
I welcome any advice or comments on my build as I still have lots to learn about the wonders of PC building. Though I feel this first build has definitely given me the build your own bug for life. So happy.
My youngest brother has built two of his own so far so he was very helpful in being there for the the actual build process to act as a safety net and make sure I didn't make any serious mistakes. Even though I did my research on this and watched some good how to and build videos, I definitely recommend having someone who has built before there to help if you can. I'm fortunate I have a lot of other friends who have also built their own PC so asking for advice here or there on some parts was easy.
I bought everything through Amazon save for the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Power Supply. Grabbed that from B & H Photo as it was not available for purchase on Amazon at the time of the build. I had access to a Prime membership so in some places I went with Amazon over different sites even if they had the lower price just to ensure it would all arrive super fast and from the same place.