first time builder and gotta say that this site has been awesome...i've practically lived on here for the past month or so. i work in IT, and my personal machines have typically been obsolete company computers that i would throw some upgrades in. my most recent pc was an old dell optiplex from about 2011, and it did everything from run my plex server, to general all-purpose work, and even light gaming. i figured now was as good a time as any to finally build my own.
all hard drives came from my old pc, and picking the rest of the parts was based on popularity, review quality, and aesthetics. i was shooting for a clean all-black build, with some rgb accent pieces for when i wanna feel festive lol
as far as the build, it went pretty smoothly, despite it being my first ever. shout out to bitwit and paul for the detailed videos. one hiccup was having no clearance to plug in cables in the top corner, with the cpu cooler mounted. i had to unmount, plug everything in, then remount the cooler at the very end.
i was anticipating issues with the pccooler fans, but they worked right from the get-go. the gigabyte b450 aorus pro has a 3-pin 5v header, so i was able to plug the rgb splitter directly into it. i don't get the addressable moonlight/corona light effects, but i'm fine with the tradeoff of being able to control them with my mobo software.
i went with a ryzen 5 2400g with the intention of using the integrated graphics for a while, and i did for a couple weeks....but i eventually ended up buying my friend's old gtx 1070 ftw dt for cheap. runs like a champ and its just a plain good-looking card.
couldnt be happier with this nzxt h210 case. the size is perfect and it looks awesome with how the parts of a completed build just fill it up. its a premium feeling case and the cutouts, railings, and basement make cable management pretty foolproof. i went with an sfx psu and grabbed a set of cable extensions from amazon.
overall, i feel pretty accomplished with this whole process. learned a ton...all the way from researching what i need, finding out what things do, how they all fit together, and setting it up to make it work for me. appreciate all the helpful people and content on this site...thanks for reading!