Please excuse the quality of the photos, my phone has a pretty bad camera.
So this was my first ever build. It's replacing my laptop that's at least three years old (refurbished so no idea actually how old it was), which to quote a friend sounded like an aircraft taking off, and would stutter all over the place watching 480p videos on Youtube. Combine that with the fact that I was getting sick of just playing older games on my Xbox 360 and it became clear what I had to do!
I started researching and buying parts in November, since I wanted to spread the cost out. The last part came on the 10th of January, and now that exams are done I've finally gotten round to building it. Building was fairly smooth. It took a couple of hours from start to finish, plus about half an hour to get Windows up and running. The only bit of the build I struggled with was getting my head around how much force I had to use to get some things to sit into the motherboard - after all this is £700 worth of parts and since I'm a relatively poor student I couldn't afford to replace anything if I broke it. Cable management was also a bit challenging since the case isn't amazing for it, not that I'd expect much more for a £35 case and also I had a non-modular PSU. So I know I've not done the best job of it, but I've done what I could!
The monitor I bought used off of Gumtree, which definitely paid off since it's a pretty decent monitor and I got it much cheaper than buying a new one. And thanks to being a student I got Windows 10 Education edition (not Pro but I couldn't find the education edition on the list) for free, so that saved me a good £80-100 as well.
Now that it's up and running it works a treat. I downloaded Fallout 4 this afternoon and it's easily maintaining a steady 60fps on ultra settings, which I'm very happy with! Haven't tested temperatures under load yet but right now CPU temp is 24c and GPU temp is 45c. Overall I'm very happy with the system and what I got for my money, especially since parts over here in the UK are a decent chunk more expensive than in the US - I paid the equivalent of $245 for my GPU and that was the cheapest I could get a 480 for, whereas the same card is on Newegg for $175 after a rebate.