Was contacted by a friend asking for help building a machine for gaming, Video editing, and audio production. Was more than happy to oblige, given his stated budget was $2500. I managed to stay pretty nicely within that while still building a beast of a machine. It's a really nice balance of power and efficiency if I say so myself, especially having a Haswell i7.
Turned out he didn't need any help getting any peripherals, he actually was more knowledgeable than he gave himself credit for, having already bought a Corsair K70, Astro A50, BenQ XL2420T, and a Razer Mamba prior to the build.
Loaded a copy of Linux Mint 14 I had brought as he hadn't purchased an OS yet; he'll be installing Windows 7 Ultimate on as well.
Very impressed with the ASUS mobo, I knew I would be but it still exceeded my expectations. The BIOS was very detailed and had full mouse support. He was wowed by the NFC module included; I'd love to get one myself. The H100 keeps the CPU in the mid 20's at idle, very efficient. The SSD was so insanely light I thought it was a dummy, I have a Kingston and an OCZ SSD; both still have some heft compared to the Sandisk which had the weight of a giant SD card. System boots in about 11 seconds, including the 3-seconds allowed by the mobo for the user to hit F2 to enter BIOS. Didn't have time to benchmark anything unfortunately. Also very impressed with the Corsair C70's build quality and cable management; I didn't need to use a single cable tie as there were clips and guides for everything behind the motherboard tray. Corsair PSU is great, but the SATA power cables were too short (as always). I had to use both to power the hard drives and the ODD, could've used one if it had been another two inches longer. I wish power supply manu's would get on this, it's unnecessary and wasteful to have even an extra cable or two cluttering up the case. Oh, and the HD 7970 didn't come with a decal. I know that's a petty complaint, but when we spend $300 on a graphics card, it's nice to rep that on the front of the case, manufacturers get free advertisement from it anyway.