My first build. I didn't want a "budget" build so I selected mid to high end parts and slowly collected parts for the better part of a year. Despite the premium look of the build, I can rationalize and justify the parts I have chosen due to the extent or research and shopping I have done to come to the parts I have chosen. The majority of components are Corsair and the peripherals are Logitech. I liked the consistent look of using a single brand rather than mixing everything together to form a hodgepodge of a rig.
+CPU: Haswell unlocked processor for overclocking. I could not justify the price tag for an i7.
+CPU Cooler: There was a time a custom water cooling loop was considered in terms of performance, custom loops are more a novelty than a necessity. I don't like the look of bulky air-coolers so I settled for an all-in-one water-cooling loop.
+Motherboard: I was jumping between the Asus Maximus VI Hero and the Asus Z87-Pro. The Maximus came with much better on board audio.
+Memory: 16 GB of RAM. I chose corsair to stick with the Corsair theme.
+Storage: I've always used Seagate and they have never let me down. I know Samsung SSDs are the most popular and probably better performing but it's my money so I do what I want.
+Video Card: I learned that two GTX 760s in SLI (~$500) significantly performs better than a GTX Titan (~$1000). When I learned this, I could not justify getting any of the higher rated cards in the family.
+Case: The case is minimal, simple, and full of features. Well worth what I spent on it but not worth the $200. +Power Supply: 750 watts for future upgrades. Corsair because, well, Corsair.
+Operating System: Windows because of huge student discounts. I'll turn my old pre-built computer into a Linux system.
+Keyboard 1: Logitech K400 is a wireless keyboard with touchpad. I leave it on my coffee table so I can browse the internet and control my computer from my couch without fumbling with a mouse.
+Keyboard 2: Logitech G710+ for general gaming and work. It's mechanical with brown switches so it's a good entry to mechanical typing since I've never used mechanical switches before.
+Mouse: This mouse sends information via a wired connection so there is no wireless lag when playing intense multiplayer games. The mouse can also convert into a wireless connection so I could use it from my couch if I so desired. +Speakers: Cheap, but good speakers.
+Headphones: Simple corded headphones with Microphone. I learned that wireless headphones (Logitech G930 for example) tend to have a lot of artifacts and the simulated "7.1" surround sound in headphones is useless.