This is my first build in 5-6 years. I wanted to make something really good that runs a single video output and will last me quite a while. I plan to do a great deal of gaming but without multiple displays. I'll only be using a single 1080p TV for now (I favor a larger screen over a smaller 1440p).
I didn't want water cooling involved, so went with the Noctua D14. The motherboard was a somewhat higher-end but still value choice - didn't feel the need to fork out for an Extreme or Forumla. No LN2 plans here. Some decent overclocks (maybe 4.3-4.5Ghz) planned, thus the Z87 board and the K processor. I could probably have made do with the i5 but felt like getting the i7. I really love the motherboard though, performs well, looks sexy and has a bunch of cool lights on it (button and the traces around the supreme FX portion) and a very good bios.
RAM beyond 1600Mhz offers diminishing returns with Intel parts but went with 1866Mhz CL9 RAM anyway. The hard drives are split between an 840 Pro OS drive, the Constellation 2TB for reliable storage and an older 500GB WD Caviar I had lying around thrown in for ***** and giggles.
I wanted a nice full tower case with good build quality, plenty of room but no side window - hence the CM Storm Trooper. Also, a top-of-the-line (slightly overkill) PSU came in the form of the very silent, very reliable Seasonic X850 KM3. The GPU was a gift I had lying around. I was actually going to wait till the 9000 series from AMD showed up to do my build but got kinda impatient and my old laptop was dying. If I'd had to buy a GPU, I would have gone with the 780 GTX from EVGA (the ACX cooler) but it didn't make any sense to spend $600-700 on a GPU if I was going to replace it with another one just 3 months on when I already had a good temporary card. So yeah, I'll be switching to the latest and greatest GPU in a few months time when red team unleashes their stuff. For now, this rig runs everything on high to ultra (depending on the game) at 1080p.
I threw in a good blu-ray burner but didn't need BDXL capability (not that I intend to burn even normal blu-rays much anyway).
Any parts without prices are either gifts or contest wins. A good number of Newegg coupons have been used to bring the price down and I waited for some decent NCIX, Tigerdirect and Superbiiz deals for some other parts. Windows 8 Pro via MDSN Ultimate for personal development use. The speakers I had already obtained for use with my game console and the TV. I tried to keep to the red-and-black theme as best I could - even the Sidewinder keyboard and mouse kept to it) - and I would have had great success with that if not for the Noctua cooler.
I spent a couple weeks deciding components and playing around with different part ideas. Finally settled on something and kept an eye out for good deals on them (a special shout out to whoever made pcpartpicker.com making my job so much easier). I'd have liked to spend a lot more time getting some custom stuff done but didn't have any thanks to work.
I'll be on the lookout for good deals on cards right after AMD announces their next flagship (or dual 780s if they fail me on that front :P ). For now, butter-smooth BF3 on ultra keeps me happy as against the crappy laptop I spent the last several years gaming on.