SSD, 1TB Hard Drive, and Case were cheap/free courtesy of my job. Everything else was purchased online around Black Friday and Cyber Monday from various sources including Newegg, NCIX, SuperBiiz, and eBay for the prices listed. My Noctua cooler still hasn't arrived but I'll update this when it does show up. I sold my previous computer (Dell XPS i7 Laptop) for $550 and used those funds to purchase this computer.
This machine is used for a wide variety of tasks including web design, application development, video and image editing & production, occasional gaming, virtualization, and much more. I don't believe any better of a computer could be purchased at this price point.
SiSoftware Official Live Rank: http://goo.gl/8iPffH
Future upgrades (in order of importance) include: - Sound Card (thinking about going with an external solution like the JDS O2+ODAC) - Upgraded case fans, likely Noctua for performance and noise reduction - Second 840 EVO for raid 0 - Another 8GB+ of RAM