This is now my primary machine for coding; it is super fast (12 sec boot time in Win 7 64-bit) and quiet.
In retrospect, I should have gotten a more powerful CPU that supports overclocking since the MSI mobo does a nice job at configuring voltage, fan speed, frequencies, etc.
Installing the massive CPU fan was a pain since it required assembling the fan (which is configurable for 3 socket sizes) and it does bump up against RAM that isn't low-profile (I'm currently using only 2/4 slots, so had I installed 4 that would have been problematic). I'll eventually swap it for a water-cooled unit with a sleeker profile so I can add 16 more GBs of RAM. Any suggestions?
I got the CPU and motherboard as a bundle for $247 at Fry's, so I saved $60 had I bought them independently. I absolutely the red/blue lights on the fans, and the red cathode light.
Originally, the PSU was a Raidmax 730Z, so I swapped it out for a Corsair RM650 that's more reliable ($78 from Fry's), and completely modular (new pics coming soon).
One of the best deals was the 120 SSD for $60 (I bought 2 of them during Black Friday in 2012 and had been saving them until a moment such as this). The cherry on top was the ultra wide 2560x1080 monitor for $400 during 2013 Black Friday from Amazon (it had been hovering around $550 weeks before). This is absolutely crucial as a developer, and soon I want to get 2 more monitors to complete the full immersion effect.
Nov 2013: "I'm waiting for the graphics card prices to drop after the Litecoin frenzy to get a Radeon HD 7850 or better."
April 2014: "I just bought the Radeon HD 7950 OC'ed 925 MHz for $210 from Newegg."