This is my first gaming PC build that I finished about 2 months ago. At the time, some of these prices were a bit higher than what they are listed now. And I am still fairly new to PC building, just a heads up =)
CPU: I went with the Intel i5-8600k because my local Micro-Center had it on sale for $130.00 with the purchase of a compatible motherboard, hence the purchase of the Gigabyte Z370 HD3. It is a great budget CPU that can handle games and video editing well.
Motherboard: The Gigabyte Z370 HD3 is a great motherboard that has everything that is essentially needed for me for gaming and editing purposes. 4 USB 3.0+ slots, Dual-Channel Memory, and Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface were a few of the biggest selling points for me to choose this as a budget-friendly motherboard.
GPU: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC at the time was the best bang for my buck when I was in the market for a GPU, and even to this day, is still a good quality GPU that can hold up a good portion of today's AAA games.
SSD: I went for the Sandisk 240GB SSD because before i completely redid my computer, using only a traditional HDD was miserable, especially with boot-up times and application start-ups. And after doing some research between SSDs and HDDs, I made my first SSD purchase. I know that I'm only using a SSD, but with Christmas around the corner, I intend to get a 1+ TB HDD to store all of my games and edits on.
RAM: The Ballistix Sport DDR4 RAM was a cheap, yet good quality memory that (for now) meets the needs of my games and editing programs. I am considering upgrading my old memory to get the G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16 GB 3000mHz RAM. Any thoughts on that?
CPU Cooler: During the process of building my computer, I used my old CPU fan, only to find out it was an AMD cooler (Yes, I realize that is an incredibly stupid mistake on my part). After doing my research for a suitable cooler, I stumbled upon the Cryorig H7, which keeps my CPU nice and cool, while still maintaining a low noise level.
PSU: I used the same PSU that my old system had, and it runs quiet, while having more than enough for all of my components's wattage needs, and even if I plan to upgrade.
Case: The NZXT H500 is an amazing case that has amazing cable management assistance along with a nice simplistic design. It provides good airflow, great temps, and even quiet fans despite them being stock fans. This was my first NZXT product, and I am planning on getting some more after Christmas.
Summary: I am very proud of my first build and aspire to build more in my near future. It is so much fun going through the whole process and even better getting to the point when you're done and you boot up and get to the POST screen! The only parts I'm considering upgrading sometime soon is the GPU, RAM, or CPU Cooler to an AIO. I'd love to hear your feedback and recommendations to help improve a new builder's skills =)