I apologize for the bad pictures, my phone takes horrible pictures.
This is my first build, and it was for a friend, not me.
We decided to use a 64GB A-Data SSD for the OS and a few apps, and a 1TB caviar blue for games and other files.
We managed to keep the total spent on the build at a little lower than $1000, including monitor and OS, but not including the GPU - I got that for free from a friend who was upgrading to a 980.
The color scheme we were trying to go with was black/red, but the graphics card has annoying blue LEDS that can't be turned off. The rest of the components we chose have a red or black color scheme though.
So far this build has been able to run anything 60fps on ultra with anything we throw at it, which shouldn't be surprising given the 780 TI.
At first we bought a hyper 212 evo but the retention plate screws were broken. We ended up sending it back, then we ordered a corsair h80i, refurbished for around the same price as the brand new 212 evo. I'm convinced that we received a brand new h80i, as there is still plastic wrap on everything and the box has never been opened.
Overall, I can say I'm impressed with all the components that we used, and would recommend them, especially the case. The S340 was super easy to build in, and cable management was easy. I love the PSU shroud idea. The motherboard does get quite hot, but nothing too bad. It hasn't melted.
Eventually we are going to add some red LEDS to make the red/black color scheme stick out a little more.
Lastly, it took about 1.5 hours for me to build it, not to mention 30 minutes trying to fix the defective CPU cooler we received. Overall it was super easy to build a PC, and definitely something I would do again. Tell me your comments on the build and ask questions and I'll try to respond to them.