Hello, I'm Jason. This is my first time ever building/owning a desktop computer. I thought "instead of spending $700 on a gaming laptop, I could just make my own desktop for less money." I researched (googled) everything I could on building a desktop and came across this site. At first I was doing pretty well sticking to the budget but I slowly started falling into the the temptation of spending a little more for something I probably didn't need. Take the motherboard for instance, will I ever buy two graphics cards for sli/crossfire? Nope, but I thought "hey, it's nice to have the option to do that."
I spent endless nights reading reviews and watching unboxing videos of parts I picked and finally bought the first piece for my desktop; the motherboard. The 2nd part was the ram, which is the purchase I am most proud of because that same ram(at the time of writing this) is like $100 now. The part I regret buying the most is the CPU. I bought it on impulse because It had dropped $20 in price and I felt that I couldn't pass up on such a deal when in actuality it was still $300 dollars. Also I didn't know AMD had a beast of a CPU on the way, but I've come to terms with my choices in life. Around the time of purchasing the case, I realized that the $700 dollar budget was no longer possible when almost half the budget was spent on just the CPU.
In all honesty if I were to redo this build with what I actually needed I think I still would fail to hit that $700 mark. I applaud those that can restrain from that temptation of spending more. For this being my first build it wasn't as hard as I pictured it to be. I was extremely terrified of putting the CPU in the socket and applying the thermal paste but I completed this build with little to no errors (to my knowledge). I've spent a little under a year with this computer and I'm pretty happy with it. I don't have a graphics card in this build yet because of the price for one (especially since I was only trying to spend $700). Even without a graphics card I'm happy and I have to say I think I like windows 8.1 more than 7 (yes, I'm one of those people that just can't get jiggy with windows 10, once support ends for 8.1 I'm team LINUX).
I mostly use this desktop for watching videos, reading, coding, drawing and emulating games but I'll get a graphics card eventually to play those blockbuster games. I've learned when it comes to building a computer, those who wait are rewarded with a better end result. Half of the reason I built this pc was because I was tired of sites like canmypcrunit and game-debate telling me that my computer wasn't strong enough to run such and such but HOW ABOUT NOW huh?!?!(can't wait to get that graphics card to put those sites to shame). It still shocks me how fast my computer boots up. I'm so used to slow starts but now it's ridiculous how fast I can go from pressing the on button to using the computer, it's real nice. I'm hoping this computer will last me 5-8 years because that's the only way I can justify spending so much but I'm overall happy with my purchase. I'll do the parts review at a later time.