This is my first build! I had no choice but to upgrade, since my current desktop (well, ex now I guess) was purchased in 2007, was still running Vista (Windows Update stopped working last year!) and was chugging along in a basic game like TF2!
I based my parts first on PC builders like CyberPowerPC, on reviews on here, and prices for products I felt weren't strategically important. I bought virtually all my parts from DirectCanada. They had the best prices by far. Service was slow/mediocre, but in the end I was satisfied. It's as if it's only one guy running the site! For the GPU, I was originally planning on getting an RX 480, but in the end I ordered from Amazon, which had a ridiculously and temporarily low price (only a day or so) on the GTX 1060 6GB. The case I bought from Canada Computers. In total, I paid about CAD 1,400 (including taxes, shipping, and other misc fees).
Took a few days to put everything together (I was being meticulous). My main issue was breadboxing my mobo: it wouldn't boot to BIOS, and I messed around for several hours. All I had to do was reset CMOS, and that did the trick. The only other minor issue was the SATA power cables: they weren't long enough to connect my ODD, HDD, and SDD. All I did was move my SDD one slot.
How did I do?
Haven't overclocked it. Not even needed for the power it gives.
A bit tricky to put together -- the instructions were complete BS. Some parts slightly dented from shipping.
Some USB ports don't work well or don't work at all. Difficult to tell if it's a software issue or MOBO issue.
Comes in at 74.4% on UserBenchmark.
Comes in at 108% on UserBenchmark.
Had one defective case fan (required a push to start). Corsair sent in a new one no hassle.
Works just fine for a gaming build. Forget the negative reviews.
I only bought this because MS rules the great universe of OS.