The name is taken from here - http://bartimaeus.wikia.com/wiki/Verroq . I associate the name with something that is not very flashy, but packs some serious badassery under the hood.
Before I dive in - This is my first build, so I apologize if my inexperience shows. I have learned a lot during the month-long process of planning and putting this together, mostly from PCPartPicker's forums and by looking at some of the amazing builds on this site. It is one thing to read about people saying how much fun it is to build your own system; after actually doing it, I will never think 'prebuilt' again.
This system is intended mostly for gaming, along with miscellaneous light tasks. It is replacing a 5 year old laptop (which simply couldn't take my abuse anymore), so forgive me if I sound awed. Because I am. I bought most of the parts on/around Black Friday. Started out with a budget of $1000, but.. a deal here, some greed there, and it got extended slightly. All in all, I'm satisfied with what I managed to create. Which is to say, I spend most of my day marveling at its beauty. There wasn't any intended color scheme when I began, but most of the parts I bought ended up being red/black/white, so I went with that.
CPU: Fairly standard, well known for basic gaming builds and sits right into my budget. Didn't have to think twice. I will probably try my hand at overclocking when I get some time over winter break, but I don't feel any urgent need.
CPU Cooler: Once again, a component that has great reviews and is well-loved..beginning to see a pattern here? Keeps temps fairly low, though I haven't really tested it under load.
Motherboard: I love this. Looks great, does everything I need right now and covers pretty much everything I could foresee in the near future. And at that price? Nobrainer. I'd have bought it just for the dragon, anyway. (The price is after a combo discount of $30 with the CPU, I simply docked it off.)
Memory: Decent deal, goes great with the motherboard - dragon teeth? 8 GB should be sufficient for my purposes, may upgrade later if I feel the need.
Storage: The difference made by the SSD has to be seen to be believed. I barely see Windows booting up, and I don't think I'll be seeing the annoying circle-y loading thing the mouse pointer does for a while. HD - 1 TB for $40. Grabbed.
GPU: This is my thing of pride. It is also the main reason I went over-budget. I was originally going for a 760, but when this deal showed up I couldn't resist. Chews up and spits out anything I've thrown at it so far, and coming from my laptop, this is such a monumental difference that I can only see stars and unicorns floating around this card.
Case: The Phantom is sexy. Massive, tons of room that a first-time builder can play around in, and had provisions for everything I needed with regards to cable management. The bundled fans are a bit noisy under load, but not much, and I don't notice it at all over the sound of my heater. I am considering adding extra fans and pimping it out with some LED strips.
Power supply: I was going to go the safe route with Corsair, but this PSU popped up at a great price, and had good reviews. It came well packaged, and I liked the sleeving of its cables. So far, working fine.
Monitor: I was mainly looking for a thin bezel monitor, standard refresh rates, etc. This display is gorgeous. (first pic) Ticks all the boxes and much, much more. Extremely bright, had to set brightness at about half right-off. Don't know if that's a pro or con, but meh.
Keyboard and mouse: My areas of skimp. Fairly basic, but not much loss of functionality. Serve my purposes well without frills. I don't use 35 macros for gaming anyway. May upgrade to a mechanical keyboard based on funds, but right now it seems highly unnecessary.
I shall post some benchmarks later, when I'm done with finals. Hope you liked i! :)