This is a machine I created before I had a job and a reliable source of income. What happened is, I saw the pcmasterrace hype and decided to build a PC.
I made some poor decisions in terms of components. I'm posting this so that people who are new to this can learn and hopefully come out with a better build.
CPU AMD FX 6300 Black Edition
This processor isn't a bad choice for a pc used for basic things. However, it really struggles in emulation and in games using lots of graphical effects. It really isn't all that bad for $100, but if you can spend more for something better, I would recommend you do so. Also, processors only work with certain chipsets; I had no concept of this when I built this computer. Your choice of motherboard will determine the chipset you use. Chipsets determine how many sata ports you get, how overclocking is handled, what type of RAM is supported, and things such as USB 3.1 or C support.
Right off the bat, you should not spend so little on a motherboard. The $40 price tag really shows, as the BIOS is absolutely awful. No manual fan control despite having PWM fan headers, it isn't UEFI, and just a lack of general things you would expect. Even though all of the fan headers are PWM, there are only two, one for CPU and one for system. So always be sure to check how many headers and what type of them are on the motherboard you want to buy. Try to avoid using fan splitters. This one was recommend by Tek Syndicate, so don't listen to anything anyone says on Youtube.
CPU Cooler Hyper 212 Evo
When I first built this, I was using the stock AMD cooler. The temperatures were terrible, and reached all the way up to 120F. This one keeps them really low at around 60-70F under load, so it works pretty well. It isn't exactly the prettiest cooler, so keep that in mind when you buy a case with a window.
RAM G.Skill Value Series
I don't have any complaints here, except I was so ignorant I thought I could borrow DDR RAM out of an old computer and drop it into my new MOBO. Do the research, make sure you get the right type of RAM for your motherboard. This was an unexpected $50 on top of my budget.
Storage Generic Hitachi HD off eBay
When I first built this, I was using an old ATA drive out of the same old computer I just mentioned. The read speeds were unbearable, it took literally 15 seconds to open any internet browser. For the price I paid, I should have spent $10 more and got a SSD. In 2015 there isn't much of an excuse to be using an HD for a boot drive.
Video Card R9 270, similiar to a 7850
No real complaints about this card. Just make sure if you get a beefier GPU that your PSU can handle it. I bought this card because Jayztwocents recommended it. Keep in mind if you try to hackintosh with any non-reference GPU it will be a nightmare. The best thing about this GPU is it supports Displayport, so I'm using a 2010 iMac as my display.
Case + PSU Cooler Master N200
People were always telling me not to buy a PSU with a case, and they were right. I had to buy a molex to 8pin power connector, which is not cool at all and the hassle was annoying. With the low price of fully modular PSU's, I don't recommend going with any non-modular power supply, especially one that came with a case.
The case isn't all that bad, but I found not being able to remove the drivebay quite a hassle. There is no cutout on top for the CPU power, so just be aware that MicroATX cases are more difficult to work in. The included fans are three pin, and they're not terrible. Going with such a small case and a GPU means you will not be able to use any expansion cards, such as a WiFi or Bluetooth PCIE chip. Just go Mid Tower and save yourself some trouble.
Thanks for reading, hope your next build goes better than mine!