I decided to try my hand at building my own PC. Alas, this wasn't without troubles at every stage of the process... but I finally got the thing working! First problem came when buying the parts. Both the CPU and motherboard I wanted were out of stock when I went to buy, so I selected alternates. I then took the thing home. Started assembling it the next day. The assembly process was reasonably straightforward, once I figured out what goes where. Then came the first boot. YAY, it boots! BOO, it won't boot my OS install USB key. 4 hours of frustration ensued as I tried various methods to get it to USB boot. Finally, I stumbled upon a weird hack involving 2 USB drives and a small loader program on the first USB used to boot the OS installer on the second USB. That worked... but now the OS installer won't boot into a usable state, because it didn't recognize my graphics hardware. So, I fiddled with the boot parameters until I found a combination that worked, installed the OS, rebooted. Changed boot parameters again so I could log in... installed the graphics driver, rebooted, installed OS updates, rebooted, and... FINALLY, it works normally, after 7 hours total spent (2 assembly, 4 troubleshooting boot failure, 1 troubleshooting OS installer failure). The components I ended up using were: AMD A6 CPU, Gigabyte motherboard, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 64 GB SSD (which I couldn't install due to the thing not fitting properly in the case - I'm gonna buy a caddy to fix this), AMD-branded case, 650W Coolermaster PSU, monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. All for under US$800.