I've had Macs my whole life, and still have 5+ around the house, but I got the PC-building itch from co-workers! I wanted a general-purpose PC that I'd primarily game on. I built this in March-April of 2017. The whole build was about $1300, though with today's (March 2018) RAM/GPU prices, the price of this year-old build has gone up almost $300!
I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to build a PC, and tried it on my own! I'm a very technically-adept person, but my first build took longer than I expected. It didn't help that I couldn't successfully POST the system (which I tried before full assembly, thanks to the YouTube videos). Turns out I had a bad stick of RAM. I could boot the system just fine off one of the 8Gb sticks, but the other was DOA. A few months after it was built I also had an issue where the motherboard was sending a ridiculous amount of power to the CPU, and I couldn't successfully boot. RMA for a new motherboard, and it's been smooth sailing ever since.
I have a few pics from when I assembled it. Note that the monitor in the pics isn't what I'm using; I picked up a Acer Predator XB271HU (1440p, 144hz) gaming monitor, and love it! I also added a 6TB internal HDD, and a customized WASD keyboard.
**Added a pic of my setup as-is, with monitor, keyboard, etc. Speakers are Audio Engine A2+'s (Which I LOVE), and the DAC (which isn't really used with my desktop) is an AudioEngine D1.
Also added a dumb pic I found on my phone, where I was putting the motherboard back in, and when I turned the room lights out, the flashlight I'd left behind the case created an ominous scene!
Not super to install (though I guess what CPU tower coolers are), and it's a wee bit on the loud side. Still, it does a great job of keeping my CPU chilled.
I love this card! Easy to overclock, stays cool, and I can push most AAA games on 1440p/High or Very high (at 60+ fps).
Tons of space, cable management's a snap. Looks striking.