I put off building a new system for WAY too long. I have been on my Phenom II 955 with 4GB ram since 2009 (Pics Included). It was great when I built it, but an upgrade was way overdue. I put off an upgrade for a long time while focusing on other interests over the years, but so many of those interests lead back to a computer.
I built this system as a do everything machine to hopefully last me for years. I use my computer for making music, some light video editing, a little gaming, little 3d work for my 3d printing, and general use. I started gathering parts the first week of August and actually built this system 8-22. Sorry it took so long to get it posted.
I cut corners where I could on price, especially with random lucky finds: open box video card, open box ram. Then bundle discounts: Mobo bundle discount, SSD bundle discount. Everything was bought at Micro Center except the case, PSU, and led strip kit (I would have gladly bought everything at Micro Center, but I was going to get a Phanteks or Fractal case, and my local Micro Center didn't have Phanteks and only one Fractal). If the Phanteks P300 had been out at the time of this build, I would have been very tempted.
The RGB strips and CPU fan led are connected to and controlled by the motherboard.
I might pull my storage drive from my old computer and install it, or eventually get a bigger one or large external. I left the SATA power cable close by just to add a drive or two.
The few things I didn't like or found weird: USB 3 Header at the right edge of the motherboard instead of the bottom The case's power led, fan controller, and rgb switch all connect to a SATA power connector Could have gotten the 500GB EVO SSD for $50 less than my PRO a week and a half earlier or later Could have gotten a better deal on the modular version of the power supply 3 days later After BIOS updates, XMP recognized my memory, but it runs at 3333 instead of 3400 (not a big deal, really) The Fan on the heatsink is normally oriented with the AMD logo to the left or the right, so I had to unscrew the fan from the heatsink, rotate it 90°, then screw it back down
For a short stretch of time I was a professional system builder. During that time I built over 1000 PC's and servers. Most fun I have had at a job, worst place I ever worked.