My first (and ungraceful) build was piecemealed together, the parts chosen for price and not for quality or preference. ASUS and EVGA were cost-effective, Rosewill was a great discount, and Corsair...well, Corsair was the only brand I trusted that made RAM small enough to fit in the rig, considering how snug it all was. In the end, it was perfectly serviceable; strong performance for 2 years, with no issues save for needing a fan splitter. Some parts were added on over time; the WiFi adaptor when I moved to an area without ethernet, an SSD for getting my Master's, and lovely accessories when there was some money left over.
This was a fine first PC, but I could never get over the fact that I bought it out of necessity and not from desire. I intended for my next case to be entirely my own, and while a few parts will be brought over, it will be a far cry from this device.