Ill keep it short and simple.
I finally finished school after 5 years of undergraduate/graduate where money was always tight and I constantly found myself on a budget. After graduation, I worked for 3 months in an unpaid internship doing 60 hours a week with 3 hours commuting each way and did not have time to do anything that I enjoyed for a full summer. I got very lucky and that internship moved into a full-time position with a consulting company that caps us at 40 hours a week and moved me to a location much closer to home.
My last few years of school I was running with my dell 17.3 notebook that was close to 8 years old at the time and needless to say could maybe run Microsoft word on low settings. I really wanted to move into a desktop as my work provided me with a laptop to use on the road and if needed.
With the help of many hours of researching, budgeting, checking, researching, and re-checking I was able to piece together this build for what I felt was a great price/performance with some room for upgradability.
I would like to thank everyone on this site as well as everyone that helped out on r/buildapc, r/buildapcsales and r/buildapcforme to help make this possible!
Note: currently taking suggestions for what to upgrade next.