After roughly half a year of total research, I came up with my first build. The PSU and HDD were bought from Centrecom, the rest of the build was bought from CPL. All prices are in AUD.
CPU: I chose an i3 8100 simply because it was amongst the best budget Gaming CPU's at the time, it deserves that title. It provides great performance across every game I've played and it hasn't gotten above 65 degrees Celsius. I rate it 9/10. However, nowadays I'd recommend the i3 9100f as it performs slightly better and it's much cheaper due to not having integrated graphics.
MOBO: I got recommended this by CPL... it has various features for the price (such as an M.2 slot) and works well. One of the USB 3.0 ports is very stiff and the other one feels wonky when you plug in any USB device. I wouldn't call this an issue because it still works fine. 8/10.
RAM: At the time I bought this, Memory prices were stoopid... I bought this 8GB DDR4-2400Mhz kit from Kingston for $110, I can get a 16GB DDR4-3000Mhz kit nowadays for that price... and I did. Nothing is or was wrong with it though, it's aesthetically pleasing, feels high quality and performs how it's supposed to. 9/10.
Storage: A standard 1TB HDD from Western Digital. Performs as it's supposed to and is pretty fast considering it's a HDD. 10/10.
GPU: I chose a GTX 1050 Ti (the Gaming X version from MSI) for it's insane performance for the price... I got it for $250 I believe, and it shreds through 1080p gaming at high settings at 80+ frames (not that I even play high settings). It also stays extremely cool and quite. 10/10.
Case: I chose this case for the price and reviews. It's a good deal. A very nice tempered glass side panel, great cable room, no sharp edges, it's very future proof, looks decent, etc. 7/10.
PSU: I was going to buy a Cooler Master MWE 500w PSU but Centrecom didn't have it in stock. They gave me this one from Thermaltake which is basically identical but has RGB (I turned it off because it looks ugly on a PSU in my eyes). It performs well and stays cool and quite. 8/10.
I have the temperatures of these parts in the temps section, check them out if you're interested. I have slightly overclocked my GPU.
I followed a guide from TechSource to build it. Everything went smoothly. When I powered it on everything was working fine, however there was no display. I was slightly panicking because I was worried I messed up my first build. I researched for some troubleshooting tips and came across one I thought would help. 'If it powers on, you've done everything right. Just check everything is plugged in properly and redo some wiring if you have to.' I unplugged almost every cable and made sure everything was plugged in correctly. After all that, it posted. I then installed Windows 10 via USB Flash Drive, installed drivers and programs such as Chrome and Discord, and lastly, games. It was a great experience and I'm proud of myself for it.
Here are some quick benchmarks if you're interested :) (max settings) CS : GO: 130 - 300 FPS (high settings) R6: 80 - 140 FPS (very high settings) GTA 5: 70 - 90 FPS (high settings) Fortnite: 70 - 100 FPS
Amazing for the price. Stays quite cool under load with stock fan cooler as well. Would recommend this if you need something cheap with good performance.
All Ram sticks are almost the exact same in performance. But Kingston Ram looks so clean. I would give it six stars if I could.
Fast for a HDD. Nothing I can say but it performs well.
While I don't like red as a color, MSI absolutely smashed it with their 1050 Ti Gaming X. Looks cool, stays cool and is super quite under load. Fans turn off on idle so that makes it even better. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
Unbelievable for $60 (AUD). No sharp edges, plenty of cable room, looks amazing and has a full tempered glass side panel. I would give it 7 stars if I could!
Nothing to say other than this performs great, and the RGB is a nice addition. 5 Stars.