I have been a struggling PC gamer for years now. I've always had Nintendo and Playstation to fall back on, but my PC gaming experience has never been great, due to lackluster hardware, or laptops with poor cooling design. I've finally decided to change that, and here is the result so far. I am using the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and mechanical HDD from my previous setup, but everything else is new. I definitely want to keep working on this system and upgrading it, beginning with a GPU. I would really love some feedback about this build, especially possible upgrade paths and parts to consider. Also, any tips about tuning a system to its best performance after everything is put together would be GREATLY appreciated. I am pretty new to this despite being a lifelong nerd, and I consider it a small miracle that I was able to get this thing to boot on the first try. Thanks for being such an awesome site full of helpful people!
P.S. The SSD is hidden under the mess of unused power cables in the bottom of the case. I only had one mounting bracket and decided to give it to the mechanical drive to avoid it getting jostled around.