This is my first build in over 10 years. I had been using a Toshiba laptop for the past 4 years and decided that I wanted a new computer for my gaming, photo processing, and streaming video. I tend to shop at the price point sweet spot between cost and performance which determined the parts I chose. My first purchase was actually the Ryzen 1700X which I got at Micro Center for $139 plus tax, a deal I couldn't pass up. Most of the rest of the parts I ordered from Newegg after doing some research.
I wanted my system to be compact, which is why I went micro ATX. I chose the case for its cost, compactness, and because it has a dvd drive bay which I know is becoming obsolete but I wanted to be able to use some older software that I still enjoy. The case did provide some assembly challenges, particularly in cable management and where to locate my HDD. The CPU cooler blocked the more usual HDD mounting locations, so the only place I could mount it is on the floor underneath the GPU. Not optimal for airflow but it has worked so far.
I've had a couple problems with the build. First, once or twice a week it will blackscreen and needs to be rebooted. The trouble code says it could be a RAM issue, so I might try some different sticks in the future. For now though, I'm able to live with it. Also, last week my original EVGA 500 BQ power supply crapped out on me. I replaced it with a Powerspec 650 watt semi modular supply from Micro Center and am in the process of returning the original one. My old backup external HDD also died at the same time, which makes me suspect a power issue during the first night of the polar vortex when it got down to about -30F. Maybe the EVGA gave its life taking one for the team.
All in all it's been fun, and I'm pleased with the performance I'm getting. I don't plan to overclock, but it's nice to know it's there if I change my mind.