This is my fist shot at building/using a PC and Windows. I have been an avid console gamer for over 10 years and can not ignore the breadth of games represented exclusively on PC.
I went for an AMD build because from what I saw online, in the millions of hours spent researching before I actually bit the bullet and placed the order, there is not a noticeable difference in the budget CPU's from AMD and Intel. It seems like the big difference comes in higher core counts and different threat types.
The only thing i knew i could not skimp on ( even though I kind of did) was the GPU. I found that Asus is regaurded for their customer service and has made mostly great products in this generation.
My Motherboard is also rather cheap and not branded as a "GAMING EDITION". I went with the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 strictly because it was compatible, cheap, and had superior on-board audio.
SSD Obviously. though I am looking into the Samsung NVME SSDs but have not looked into the adapters and if they would have an effect on performance.
NXZT s340 with Razer **** all over it. I love the case and LOVE matte finishes, so it was a no brainier. and I found the perfect thing to cover up that god-awful logo, a sticker from the Company Ghostly ( http://ghostly.com/). Ghostly is a company that produces music I love, commissions art I love, and their logo is a ghost from Pac-man..which I love. The clean design of the case matched with the bold logo made for a look that I do not mind having on my desk.
The rest is all as basic ( if not more basic) and the build was a breeze. Let me know if you have and Questions or want to be buds on one of the aforementioned gaming platforms!
Cheers from NY!