So this is my first ever PC build (if you didn't already read the title) and overall it was an awesome experience. I will be using this PC primarily for gaming, school work, web browsing and photo and video editing in the future.
I got the idea to build a PC after receiving my tax return and playing Mass Effect 1 on my old laptop. After selling my old consoles I realized I still wanted to be able to play old games, next gen games and PC exclusives. After discovering this website, searching for PC parts and the best prices for them literally became an obsession for me. I watched tons and tons of videos on parts and builds and I think it's safe to say this is a new hobby of mine. Some parts, like the case and the graphics card, were chosen based on budget and performance, while others were based on quality and being able to upgrade in the future.
The disadvantage of not buying some things in person is obviously not being able to actually see or test a product out, and if I could change some things I would. The case was an excellent price ($39.99 after MIR) but after using it for awhile I feel like I should have went with something a little more high end, like the Fractal Design Define R4. But I will continue to use this case as it gets the job done and I am probably just being picky! My advice to first time builders like me, is to go to brick and mortar stores, like Fry's or Microcenter, to see what type of features you are looking for in a case and literally get your hands on it to see if you like it.
CPU was purchased at Microcenter and was the best price I could find pretty much anywhere. If you have a Microcenter nearby I would suggest going there to get a CPU. My K95 was purchased directly through Corsair's website using a promotional code, which saved me about $50!
Since this is my first build, I obviously may have made some mistakes, so any advice or criticism would be greatly appreciated! Would definitely love some advice on how to better manage cables.