Alas, I have been looking at parts for a couple of weeks, and was having a hard time staying within my budget. I had a $450 budget, and I had to pay for everything myself. I finally found a list of parts I was happy with, and my first gaming PC was born. This is my first build, well, PC. Before, I always have had laptops, but I needed more performance for gaming. Coming from a 13 year-old who didn't know ANYTHING about computer not even 3 months before this build, I have to say it was really simple. Hopefully this will become a future career. My reasons for the parts I chose are below.
CPU: I'm on a budget, so AMD is obviously my choice. Runs really fast for not that much, and has 4 cores. It also can overclock which I will probably do in the future when I get better cooling.
Motherboard: I needed a MOBO with USB 3.0 support. I went with MSI because of the good things I heard about them. It also supports overclocking which I expect to do later on.
RAM: Went with this because it matches my case, 8 GB is plenty and its not at a bad speed. 8 GB for 50 bucks seemed excellent to me.
Hard Drive: I've heard good things about the Caviar Blue series, and it runs at 7200 rpm.
Graphics Card: I simply do not know why I chose the R7 260. I should have gone with a GTX 650, as it is the same price with better performance. The R7 260 still runs nice though, as I'm getting about 50-65 fps on most games.
Case: I wanted a case to match my keyboard that I bought a couple weeks before. Also had a USB 3.0 front panel port.
Power Supply: I've heard alot of good reviews of Corsair's PSUs, and it was also 80+ Bronze Certified.
Optical Drive: Just needed something to install Windows on, worked well.
Operating System: Decided to go with Windows 8.1 because it would be more future-proof than Windows 7, because I am probably going to keep upgrading this PC for a long time. Also got it at WalMart because I had $75 in gift cards, which helped alot with the budget. I know I could have pirated it online for free, but I decided not to.
Headset: I needed one to use Skype with. Good quality and very comfortable. Got these at Best Buy because I had a $35 gift card, which covered them.
Keyboard: I wanted a keyboard with red WASD keys. I didn't care if it was backlight or mechanical, and got it for cheap off Ebay.
Mouse: An old mouse laying around from one of my parents PCs forever ago. Didn't feel like buying one, and it works perfectly fine.
Monitor: An old T.V. from my parents room. It was laying around because they got a new one. Works good for the most part, but shuts off unexpectedly about once a month.
NOTE: Sorry for the crappy/sideways pictures. I took them with my phone and didnt know they would be sideways. And anyways, my PC isn't much to look at. Thanks for viewing.
Update: Now that I have used this for a couple of months and gotten some games, I thought I would share some results.
Battlefield 3: Ultra 60fps
Battlefield 4: High 50fps
Call of Duty Ghosts: High 30 fps
GTA IV: High 30 fps