This was my first new system since 2009-2010, built around the idea of playing Fallout 4 and pretending to do work (research, writing). I carried over the PSU, monitor, Bluray drive, and a HDD from the old build, but otherwise built a new Skylake system. I had always been an AMD (read: poor) guy, but given a bit more disposable income this time around, I decided to go with the Blue team. All the new system components were bought at Micro Center, just so that I could have the experience of buying parts at a brick-and-mortar store. Granted, I paid a lot more in sales tax, but it was a worthwhile experience.
It took about 2 weeks total to get all the parts (3-4 trips to the store, exchanging parts I didn't quite need for more reasonably priced alternatives). First build would not post. Fans connected to the motherboard would spin, but there was no video output from the integrated graphics. I took it back up to Micro Center where they let me fiddle with it in their walk-in tech support area. I tried exchanging for another one of the same ASRock motherboard, and this did the trick. A month later, I purchased the R9 380X with money I had raised from selling my old parts as well as gift money. My troubles were not over, however.
Sleeving power supply cables was a whole big adventure. Some other time. Two months after the first successful boot, the computer died. The PSU fan would spin, but no power was going to anything else connected to the motherboard. Tried a couple of new PSUs, but no dice. RMA'ed the motherboard. Once my 3rd mobo came in, tried setting everything back up, but it would not post. Back to Micro Center again, and it turns out my CPU and RAM are bad (but the mobo is ok). So I bought a cheap 4gb stick and a Pentium G4400 to get my build up and running while I RMA the broke parts. The 29" ultrawide monitor with Freesync was an impulse buy, because America.
So after 3 months, 2 replacement motherboards, 1 replacement set of RAM, 1 replacement CPU, countless hours of sleeving, defiling my case with hand tools, and a few sessions of marriage counseling, my build is finished! (PC builds are never finished; who am I kidding?)