This is my first build and I have had a lot of fun and knowledge gained from it. I originally started in the Thermaltake Commander MSI Snow Edition, but that case sucks. I do not recommend anyone getting it. I then purchased the Corsair Air 540 white edition and transferred my parts. I know that it is not the most balanced build, but it was a build that I set a limit on price (around $650) and deal hunted my way. Im planning on installing an SSD.
CPU: This was part of a bundle with the motherboard at Micro-center. 8 cores, overclocking available, haven't OC'd it yet, but I would like to. I heard great things about this and decided to hop on board.
Cooler: Got it on ebay, new in package, works fine, little trouble at first to install it, but came together quite fine.
Motherboard:Got this in a combo deal at Micro-center. Great deal on it and its pretty nice. The only downfall is that the HD Audio connector is next to the I/O connectors so I have to run that cord across motherboard. Little pet peeve, no big issue.
RAM: Cheap, bought this RAM on sale during school, 8gbs, fast speeds, matches color scheme. Great component.
Hard Drive: Holds a lot of files.... I don't really know how to characterize a HDD.
GPU: Got it on sale at Microcenter, its been a real upgrade.
Case: First one, hated it. Corsair Air 540, love it. I would recommend this case to anyone, **** a great price and very easy to work in. This case makes cable management a breeze. Painted the grills with the idea that I saw online. I think it looks awesome.
Power Supply: Got it on sale, fully modular, kinda overkill, but an all around great PSU. The cords are a little short though.
Thanks for viewing my build, feedback is welcomed.