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Please note that prices are from June-July of 2013 when I built this computer.
This list is updated as I upgrade and add components. (Up to date as of May 2015)
Intel i7-4770K: This is slightly overkill for gaming and general productivity but it really helps with video editing and Photoshop. The 4770K is also nice for games like Shogun and Cities Skylines.
Corsair H100i: My H100i is set up as an exhaust in the top of my case. I have a love/hate relationship with this cooler. The performance is great, with two Noctua NF-F12s it's incredibly quiet and it makes the inside of my case roomy and clean. However, the software is just a pain to deal with and the LEDs on my waterblock started to die/malfunction after a few months. Now the LED color is stuck on solid Green which doesn't look bad, but it's annoying for the price I paid. An RMA feels unnecessary since it's a trivial matter. The stock fans were slightly loud and made some clicking noises, although the newer Corsair coolers have revised fans that might fix these issues.
Asus Gryphon Z87 Micro ATX: This is a very robust board with a decent feature set and tons of fan headers. The CPU opt fan header is slaved to the CPU header's RPM setting which is nice for fan acoustics (all of my fans ramp up and down at the same time). The color scheme isn't the best looking, but it has tons of voltage protection and good connectivity.
Corsair 16GB DDR3-1600MHz: 16GB of memory is completely overkill for gaming but it's invaluable when video editing where I frequently use 12+GB of RAM.
Samsung 850 PRO 128GB: This is my boot drive and where I have my applications like Adobe, Chrome, etc. installed. This drive is FAST. My boot time is well under 10 seconds and overall it runs consistently quick. I originally had a Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD as my boot drive, but it died randomly. This Samsung seems to be faster and reviews showed it to be stupendously reliable and capable of extreme longevity. The 850 Pro drives are essentially enterprise drives in terms of speed, components and reliability.
Samsung 840 EVO250GB: This is where I keep all of my Steam library. I know, I know, this is the drive that suffers from gradual reduction in speed. I bought this just a couple months before the news broke about performance issues. So far I haven't noticed a massive hit to speed, but it's definitely not as fast as my 850 Pro. I'm getting read speeds of around 350-400MB/s which isn't great, but it's still speedy for games.
WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7,200rpm: This is currently where I store my photos and video projects, although I will be replacing it soon. This drive is just okay, but it gets the job done. It's quite loud and is very slow, I've tried defragging and it hasn't improved performance.
WD Red 3TB 5,200rpm: This is my current backup drive, but I will soon be purchasing two more and using them in RAID0 while using this to back them up. I love this drive, it's somehow faster than my WD Blue 7,200 rpm drive and is much less audible.
EVGA GTX 770 2GB SC: It's a couple years old now but still runs games like GTA at 1080p wonderfully. The 2GB cap has been an issue occasionally but is fine for 1080p. It runs very cool, with 50% fan speed the hottest I've ever seen it get in gaming is 72°C. The only complaint I have with this GPU is the fans are quite annoying at idle, I can never get them to sit at one RPM. They seem to ramp up and down without reason and no matter how I adjust the fan curve or settings in EVGA PrecisionX it has so effect.
Corsair 350D: This case is wonderful. It looks great, offers great cooling and decent features for the price. I custom installed some noise dampening foam (similar in spec to the Fractal's cases). With the foam is exceptionally quiet, the only noise I hear is my HDD spinning up and, under heavy loads, my GPU.
EVGA SuperNova G2 750W Gold: This is the best PSU I've ever bought. Amazing efficiency, hybrid fan that shuts off under low loads, extremely good build quality inside and out, and it's affordable! The cables are all black and it offers great modular capability. Definitely check out the G2 line from EVGA, these are great PSUs.
Noctua NF-F2 PWM: I used two of these to replace the H100i's stock fans. These are completely inaudible at idle and under load (60% fan speed) they do generate some slight, low pitch wind noise but it's very subtle and not intrusive. Great replacement fans for any 120/240mm cooler.
Noctua NF-A14 PWM: I have two of these set up as front intakes in my case. This is the best intake fan I've ever used. Absolutely inaudible in my 350D at any RPM, they have amazing airflow and cool my GPU very well. I noticed an immediate 5-7°C drop in GPU/CPU temps from the stock, single 140mm intake. I couldn't recommend this fan enough, it's absolutely silent and has great airflow.
Acer H236HLbid: This is the best 1080p monitor I've used. IPS, thin bezel, glossy screen, amazing colors and contrast and it looks fantastic. It does have some very minor ghosting but it's mostly unnoticeable in games and the upside of the IPS is absolutely worth it for editing. The colors are very accurate and overall it's an amazing panel for the money. This is a great monitor for those editing photos/video who also do some gaming.
Corsair K70: I have the black version with MX Red switches (my favorite for gaming). A bit of a luxury, but I bought it on sale. This is the version before Corsair changed the logo. This keyboard is fantastic, I really have no complaints. The backlighting is bright, the build is amazing and overall typing experience is flawless.
Logitech G9x: I have small hands and like to claw grip mice, so this fits the bill perfectly. Great sensor and feel in my hand, the DPI buttons are in a nice location too.
Schiit Audio Modi USB DAC: I use this for my headphone and speaker amps. Extremely clean signal, zero coloring and it looks great. This company really knows their Schiit.
Schiit Audio Magni Headphone Amp: Very powerful for it's size and it's extremely clean. Using the Magni with the Modi means absolutely zero noise at any level of amplification! I'm not sure there is a reason to go higher-spec than this amp, it's amazing for the money.
SMSL SA-36A Pro Speaker Amp: Small, simple and it sounds clean and detailed. Much better than my older recieiver that I tried that sounded muddy in comparison, this amp is more than powerful enough for some stereo bookshelf speakers. Great build quality too, all aluminum and steel case with a large, dampened volume knob.
Philips Fidelio X2: Normally I take hype about audio products with a mountain-sized grain of salt, but these are hands down the best headphones I've heard for the money. Possibly better than the HD600 and HD650, these are the best non-planar headphones I've heard (still need to try the HD800 though). They are slightly warm, but close to neutral. The bass is truly phenomenal for an open headphone and is extremely detailed and feels very natural with the other frequencies. The mids are wonderful for vocals and are not at all diminished by the bass. Treble is crisp and slightly exaggerated, but brings out wonderful detail without sounding harsh or grainy. The build quality and comfort are second to none, all metal/leather with memory foam filled velour pads. These are amazing headphones, highly recommend trying them.
Klipsch R-14M: Some of the best small speakers I've heard for this price, they sound as good as a $300-400 pair of bookshelf monitors. Great detail and midrange by themselves; you will need a sub for adequate bass but it sounds decent without one. I love how they have a detailed, familiar Klipsch sound but they aren't fatiguing at all. I'm not sure if this means the treble is laid back, but I find them wonderful for long listens at my desk.