As the title suggests this was my first time ever building a pc. It took months of researching and reading reviews (oh boy did I read a lot of reviews, I changed my part list maybe 4 times because of reviews xD). The actual build itself took 2 days and it only took that long because I was building as parts came in the mail. I'll try to explain why I chose the parts I did, but there's really not much to explain. Starting as an inexperienced builder, most of my choices were based on what I felt would look aesthetic and of course what would actually work together! (That and some recommendations of the kind pcpartpicker community).
Intel Core i5 4690k - I originally wanted an Intel i7 4790 but this machine is primarily for gaming and I've been told over and over that it would be overkill. Micro Center had a sale for the i7 though and I nearly ripped my hair out trying to decide if I should pay the few extra $ for it. Went with the i5 to avoid having a panic attack in the store. :)
Corsair H105 Liquid CPU Cooler -Didn't like the look of normal cpu coolers. Though I do feel i'm not getting the temps I should out of this and it could be due to error on my part. The termal paste is pre-applied and I repositioned the cooler twice because I was unsure if I placed it correctly. Not sure if this made the paste less effective.
Kingston Fury White 8gb RAM -Mainly because they are white and recommended.
Storage (SSD+HDD)- Using the Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB for the os and 1 or 2 games (faster load times). Music, pictures, games, etc all go on the 2TB Seagate Barracuda.
GTX 970 Twin Frozr V - Plays the games I want on high/ultra. Though I'm not satisfied with the temps and I watch them constantly (I doubt I'll ever feel like it's all cool enough until I've gone full liquid cooling lol) and even then it will never be enough >shakes fist<). There are threads about other people having the same problem. It seems that this comes from the fact that the fans on it don't spin until the card reaches 60C. I just use MSI Afterburner and set the fans to 35% to keep some air moving and the card cooler. I was reading temps around 57C just idle before that (I made a thread here about it). Before starting the RMA process I gave it another chance and found that solution that seems to work for me.
Corsair 760T Full Tower - This case started it all. No kidding. When I first wanted to build I was determined to buy the Antec Lanboy Air. But I couldn't find it anywhere and realized dust would be a true nightmare with that case in my house (I have no idea where so much dust comes from, I feel like I live to dust everything all the time.) But I knew I wanted a case that I can see all of my parts in. Not just a little window, I wanted to see everything. Luckily I didn't seem to be the only one and Corsair made this beauty. There's so much room and you can't help but look at it every few minutes. Plus its EASY EASY EASY to get to your parts and cables when you need to.
TL;DR: Wanted it all to look good. Read reviews. Will eventually go back for the i7. GPU temps will be the death of me. Buy the Corsair 760T if you want an amazing case. Buy the white one if you want it to stand out a lot more.
Thanks for checking out my build :) . I'll glady answer any questions in the comments.