This is my first build ever, and I'm very proud of it because aside from physically putting the parts together (which I got help with as I didn't want to mess up), I figured everything out by myself!
This took over a year to complete, and the goal was to be able to run Fallout 4, as my previous computer, a gaming laptop, was not compatible and was overheating constantly and I eventually got tired of it.
I started with the GPU, which I bought for $50 from my friend. From there, I used Logical Increments to figure out part compatibility and what I needed to get. At that time, December 2015, I wound up purchasing the RAM and the hard drive. I then stopped buying parts for almost a year because I lost my job, so the pieces I had just sat there. I picked back up on buying parts October of 2016, and finally booted her up on November 13, 2016.
I struggled with purchasing parts when I picked everything back up, as my GPU was no longer listed on Logical Increments, which I'd been using as my main reference point. I also hit a snag with the RAM, as I realized that the RAM I'd bought wasn't compatible with the Mobo/CPU combo I'd originally wanted. Eventually I worked out which parts to get, thanks to a Steam post from someone with the 960 who detailed their build, and added that they were able to run Fallout 4 on High (which was not a goal, but a nice added bonus), as well as PCPP's extremely helpful compatibility filter.
My favorite part of this build is definitely the case! I actually found it by accident; I was looking on Apevia's website for specs and better photos of the SNIPER2 case, and saw the Cruiser in green in the sidebar. I liked the look of the case, so I googled it, and fell in love when I discovered it came in Pink. A lot of people complain that the case doesn't have a lot of room, and while it is pretty small, it's not too hard to tie off the cables. I do wish the main fan on the door had a shroud, but thus far I haven't had any problems.
There are some more upgrades I'd eventually like to make to this build; I'd like to add a second 1TB HDD for general storage (I have a 250gb WD sitting in one of the trays right now but it's not plugged into anything), as well as get an SSD for improved speed. It's lightning fast as it is, and can do a full reboot in about 30 seconds, but the faster my machine is the happier I will be. I'd also like to add a second optical drive for Blu-Rays, or just replace the one I have with one that works for Blu-Rays, though I'm in no rush on that.
In short, I love this machine, and I love the sense of accomplishment that has come from building it!