First real build after 7 years gaming on a laptop. I have torn down and rebuilt prebuilts for 20+ years, but this was my first build from the ground up.
Managed to snag the R5 2600 and B450 Tomahawk from Microcenter in a bundle for $200 total. Had to drive 2+ hours each way to get it, but it was worth it for the experience.
Picked up the case and RAM on Newegg for under $100 total. Grabbed the PSU from Amazon for under $40 thanks to a gift card.
Video card was $80 from a friend, and will be adequate for 1080p. Currently only gaming at 1440x900 as that is the monitor I have right now, so no real rush to upgrade.
All other parts (SSD, HDD, ODD, PCIe WiFi card, case fans, peripherals) were either in use with my previous laptop, or salvaged from old prebuilts.
Pictures show the original PSU I had in this build, a Rosewill 600W unit. It was replaced shortly after completing the build due to my wife's fear that I would burn down the house.
Fast, high capacity, reliable. I have used this as my system drive for nearly 3 years, and am migrating it to the new build to continue doing so.
Amazing value. PSU shroud, decent cable routing, USB 3.0 on the front panel, and a tempered glass window, for under $50 shipped. I wish it had standard PCI slot covers rather than punch outs, but that's understandable at this price point, as is the lack of cable grommets. Cable cut outs are functional, but not ideally placed for the 24 pin cable. HD audio cable was difficult to route to the board as it is all the way in the back of the case. Front panel connectors for Power/Reset/LEDs were almost flush with the shroud. Plug these in before mounting the board if you can.
Has held up well for many years. Romer-G switches feel great, per-key RGB looks fantastic, board is high quality without much "gamer" aesthetic.
Best mouse I have ever owned. Incredibly comfortable in the hand, responsive, button layout is perfect. If Logitech released a new one today I would buy it immediately.
Adequate, but the bass is overpowering compared to mids and highs. Probably more of an EQ issue on my end than anything else.