Don't mind the messy desk, Haven't been upto par on my cleaning. Parts were ordered around Oct 31st, been too lazy to put it up. All parts were bought parts from Amazon & Newegg.
-Took about 3 hours to put together, cable management wasn't bad, could've been better though.. It's been a while. Grabbed Windows 8 thanks to the girlfriend's Dreamspark college hook-up, have a 7 CD just in case I want to revert, but for the most part with classic shell, I have no trouble with 8.1.
System runs all games smooth as butter, fan can get loud on the GPU with some games on max though. (Sleeping dogs,Saints Row 3/4,.etc) Haven't had any lag issues as of yet. (350+ fps on League of Legends)
Currently, all i've been doing is heavy gaming, but I'm planning to touch some music production. I've been thinking about getting blue LED fans for the front and the extra slot up top, not putting one on the side-door, as I believe it may mess with the airflow and bring in dust.
I Wanted to hold out for black Friday/cyber Monday but I needed a rig, fast. I've just about had it with low-end laptops. Using a old 720p monitor I had laying around and stock gateway speakers. Will upgrade when I can. Had the Phantom GreenDrive 1.5tb external laying around, just figured i'd plug it in. SSD was prepurchased, so I have not added the price. The mouse & keyboard fit the black & blue theme perfectly. The mic is an Audio-Technica AT2020, had it forever, fits well also.
Wanted the 770 but as of my time of purchase, I just went with my budget. (7870 myst was around $150-ish) All in all, I like how this came out, aside from the occasional GPU fan noise, I'm satisfied.
CPU-Z info for anyone curious:
Enjoy, and good luck on your builds.
====================== Updates: Added two Corsair AF 120 & one 140 Blue LED & an NZXT Blue LED strip.