This is my first ever pc build and so far im nothing but impressed. This is primarily for gaming and my reasoning for the parts I chose are as follows..
CPU: I decided to go with an i5 over an i7 just because I will not be doing anything beyond gaming and for my needs it seemed perfect. This CPU turned out to be exactly that, fastest I have ever seen a computer operate, no hiccups whatsoever and honestly above my expectations.
CPU Cooler: I was aiming for a quiet build so I went with a Noctua CPU cooler over the stock. It is very quiet and I haven't used any Low Noise Adapters so its running at 1200RPM. The temps im getting are around 30C idle and 50-55C under load.
Motherboard: I heard good things about ASUS boards and wanted to try one out for myself. I really liked the blue color scheme and the features with this board as well. Sure enough the board is great, the TPU feature automatically overclocked my CPU to stable 4.1Ghz without any manual tuning.
Memory: The Noctua fan had a 44mm clearance for DIMMs, the Pro Series were nice looking, and they fit the size requirement. The performance is amazing and the XMP profile made everything a whole lot easier to obtain advertised speeds, latency, and voltages.
Storage: I went with the 840 Pro 128GB for my SSD and I'm really glad I gathered the extra money to buy one. The whole system is very snappy and boot up is 5-10 secs most times. The 1TB HDD is for my media, games, and other things of that sort, very quiet and read/write speeds are standard for a mechanical drive.
Video Card: The sweet spot for gaming in my opinion. I play games like FarCry3, Need for Speed, Batman, Bioshock, Crysis, and this card can max out everything and still give me a solid 60fps, except in crysis. For the price, I also got Arkham Origins for free on steam so for my needs this card fits the bill.
Case: I wanted something stylish that screams, "I'm not a store bought computer!" The fans included are fairly quiet but the loudest fans in the case, fan controller is easy to plug in and is expandable to another 3 fans which is very nice. My power led does not seem to work though, I have double checked the wiring and nothing seems to be wrong.
Power Supply: Atleast, 500 watts is required for the GTX 760, and I went with 600 because I got a good deal on it, plus it leaves a little bit of headroom for overclocking. The fan is silent and doesn't get loud under load.
Optical Drive: Standard DVD/CD Reader/Writer. Fast Read and Write speeds. Expected nothing more nothing less.
Monitor: Excellent Monitor to begin with. I was lucky enough to only get one dead pixel which went away after a few days. The screen is an excellent size, not too small, but not too big. I would recommend this to anyone in the market for a new monitor.
Peripherals: I bought a Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator. It's a mouse and keyboard combo and it was fairly cheap considering what I got. Both the mouse and keyboard have blue LED lighting, the keys on the keyboard feel really smooth to the touch, the mouse has programmable buttons and a 3 stage DPI switch (800, 1600, 2000), overall for entry level gaming equipment, again I would recommend to anyone.
I think this build turned out really nice, I had my dad's help throughout and the cable management turned out fairly neat and tidy. It was an excellent experience and anyone who is thinking of building their own, I would highly recommend they do so. I've had it for about 2-3 months and no problems whatsoever concerning any of the parts.