I've built a couple computers before this VERY casually. The first was 6 years ago and this machine is replacing that one. Last year I helped my boyfriend build his machine (usually it's the guy building the pc for his girl, right? haha!) last year and learned a ton more in the process. This build was the first time I decided to think about aesthetics, custom work, and cable management. I think I did pretty okay given that I don't have much of a background.
I live in a very snowy place so this PC is meant to help represent a little bit of warmth and color amongst all the white snow I see through winter. I did paint my PC shroud and splurged on cable extensions and colored screws to really help pull everything together. The paint job isn't the best and there are some pretty obvious errors, but you know what? That's okay! It's proof that I put the time into this and I'm actually thankful for a few of the beauty marks, it makes the whole thing feel a bit more handbuilt than the other two machines I had ever were!
I wasn't initially intending on purchasing a montior or a new ssd or hd but I got a really good deal on my old system with all of those parts that enabled me to afford the extra pieces. Originally my budget for this PC was $2000 and I ended up about $100 over that after I added in the cablemod cables. Boy were they all worth it though! I couldn't be happier with how this all turned out.
I also have to say that spending for the looks of the royal RAM was HECKA WORTH. I use the "starlight" animation in ASUS Aura Sync to light them and it makes them look even extra sparkly than they already were! :)