I wonder if my demographic has ever posted here? 40+ year old woman. Anywho...
Here's my first pc build. My husband shook his head at me to when I said "Hey..I'm going to build a desktop". Challenge accepted. This website made it less scary.
The build itself had some moments of frustration and sheer terror. I would say that going into this, I really didn't know anything about all the different types of ports/connections/etc and I felt a bit overwhelmed opening up my case and my psu with all of those cords. That ended up not being so bad after all. The most challenging part was getting the CPU cooler installed and finagling my hands to access a few of the connections on the motherboard.
This computer is for me to do video and photo editing (hobby only) and for my son (12) to have a little fun with pc gaming. I picked the RAdeon RX 480 based on its price to performance ratio and because it pairs well with the nice LG 4K IPS Freesync monitor i picked up for $399.
I'm still working out a few kinks but overall, I'm really pleased with this project. My son and I enjoyed putting it together.
I sold an iMac prior to starting this. Good riddance - I sure hated that thing.
One thing I don't like is the cord for my wifi card. I'd solve the cord problem if I mounted the card in the slot below my graphics card but then it seems like air flow would be blocked. I chose to have the cord dangle over the side. My reset LED button flickers, too. I'm not sure if that's normal.
I haven't hooked up my DVD/Bluray player yet. I'll also try to get better pictures.
EDITED: The DVD/Bluray player is now working. Next: i want an SD card reader. Might as well add that, too. One less extra device I need to pull out of the drawer when I upload photos.