I call it my first real build because the first rig I built 4 years ago when I was 14 was more looks than performance, and I didn't really do too much research prior to ordering the parts. This time I was using my own money instead of my parents, so I did extensive research on each part. Also despite what the price on here says, I only spent about $910 thanks to http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales
Anyway I apologize for the low quality photos and here are some answers to some questions you all might ask.
Q. Why are 1 stick of 8gb instead of 2x 4gb? A. The stick was free with the purchase of the motherboard.
Q. Why are you using the stock heat sink? A. I had a hyper 212 evo, but it didn't fit, so I sold it. I'll be upgrading to water cooling in the future.
Q. You know windows 8 sucks for gaming right? A. i got it for $15, so far I haven't gotten any compatibility issues, and I downloaded a program which brought back the taskbar( second to last picture) which makes it just like windows 7.
Q. Is 500w enough for a 7950? A. It's more than sufficient, and I have enough headroom to OC the 7950 and the 3570k.
All in all I'm extremely happy with this build. It can run all the games I throw at it maxed out(Crysis 3, Planetside 2, GW2, and LoL), and I couldn't be happier.