I built my first PC only a few years ago but I have learned an enormous amount about hardware/software since then. For my first build, I had a budget of $800 which I had saved during a summer job when I was 17. That $800 budget had to include an OS and all peripherals since I was new to the world of PC gaming. My first PC consisted of an Ryzen 3 1300X and 1060 6GB. It certainly got the job done and allowed me to play most titles at 1080p60. My current personal build is below.
Before building my first PC, I was a console gamer of many years so initially, it was rather difficult to convince myself that a gaming PC was worth the hassle and expense. When I started to get serious about it, I spent probably 100 hours doing nothing but watching build tutorials on YouTube or watching hardware reviews. During my research, I came across PCPartPicker and that’s really when things escalated. 15-minutes after posting on ‘Create a Part List For Me’ all of my frustrations and questions were resolved by this awesome community. Since that day, I have been a very frequent member on PCPP. I know what it was like to start out so I devote as much time as I can to this community. To be honest, most of my time spent here is when I am bored at work.
My advice for anyone considering building their first computer:
Don’t be intimidated by the process. You'll soon realize that the process is actually enjoyable and easy but remember, seek help for what you don't know. Knowledge is everything and when you're in unmarked territory, sometimes it's best to get advice from others.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky - Michael Scott