After years of casual gaming on a second rate laptop I finally made the dive to join the master race and build my own gaming rig - decided to go with a very original colour scheme ;)
4 weeks ago I had no idea how to build a computer and had ever heard of Newegg, Direct Canada, etc. But after spending some time lurking on /r/buildapc and watching Carey Holzman videos, I felt I was ready to go for it. Ordered all the parts from Newegg, Direct Canada and NCIX one night and then was building 6 days later! Prices noted don't reflect what I actually paid for some parts.
The build went smooth and I didn't really run into any issues at all throughout. Test booted right away on the first go, installed the GPU and re-tested it before installing Windows, drivers and updates. Downloaded programs through Ninite, did some cable management and threw the panels back on before firing up CS:GO for a test run....got 350++ FPS on highest settings (beats my 27 fps from my laptop HA).
The rig will be used for gaming - mostly CS:GO plus some Total War: Warhammer, Diablo, StarCraft, new Civilizations in October - and just general work, browsing, media consumption, etc.
So far so good - runs quiet, cold and powerful!
The PC community is so helpful and the amazing builds I've seen on this site inspired me to pursue my own despite having zero knowledge...cheers to all of you and see you in-game!