First time ever doing a pc build! IT'S DONE! I had a fun time! I was looking for primarily value when building this pc, trying to get the most for my money (I'm poor). It's obvious that I would have wanted a threadripper and Vega setup (Kind of an AMD person...hey, it's cheaper), but financially, that's not where I'm at, at this moment..perhaps...ever. :/
I had originally decided to go with a previous gen build, getting a R5 2600x and GTX 1060TI, but I started poking around and looking at prices, I just decided to splurge a little and upgrade, for literally...LESS MONEY. The prices quoted on the side bar are not accurate, I literally was the scourge of websites like Slickdeals.net (which I highly recommend to anyone who has never used it!) looking for components that could fit my budget and goals for this build.
Before I go any further, I have to thank everyone who is involved with Pcpartpicker.com. The people here were by and large very helpful and patient (which is odd these days). As I now know, I asked some pretty stupid questions that have been answered many many times...SORRY! BUT THANK YOU! This website has incredible value and the people who keep it up and running are saints! Thank you for your service and keep up the good work. It would have been much harder if I didn't have this resource.
So, on to the meat and potatoes. Some of the prices are accurate to what I paid for the components, but here is an actual breakdown of what I paid for the system (which is why I ended up with these parts).
CPU-$120 Cooler-$20 MB-$99 RAM-$109 SSD$36 GPU-$180 Case-$70 PSU-$70 WIN-$0 WNA-$35 MONITOR-$99 Keyboard-$0 Mouse-$0 Desk-$89 Chair-$99
I'm not claiming this is the best build, but it definitely was a learning experience for me. By far and away the hardest problem for me was cable management, I'm happy with the way that it turned out, but could have been way, way better. I think had I chosen a different style of psu I could have made it cleaner.
As for problems, I would say hooking up the psu cables in the wrong orientation was the biggest mistake. Did not realize that one end of connector was dedicated to psu, and I had everything routed and stowed when I went to plug them into the psu...:/
I am planning on running some benchmarks and updating this post in the next couple of days. This was my biggest Christmas present to myself I have ever bought and I could not be more pleased/happier/satisfied.
Thank you if you have helped me or have taken the time to read this.