So I'm a first time builder and only around 15. I stumbled upon the world of PC building/gaming around 4 months ago, when I decided that I wanted to replace my old desktop. Since then, I wen on a PC parts craze, trying to learn everything I possibly could about them so I picked the right parts. Seriously, all I watched was LinusTechTips and NeweggTV for a while :D. It was a dark time. But i had decided that my budget was around $1500, and I was going to be doing quite a bit of heavy gaming and video editing. So here's my build:
CPU: I picked the i5 3570k because I knew I was going to overclock felt like I didn't need the processing power of an i7. Also, I ordered this a few days before Haswell was released, but whatever. Anyways, the i5 is a beast and does more than I need. It's currently overclocked at 4.2 gHz but I might push it to 4.5 when I figure out what I'm actually doing instead of just pressing buttons and hoping that my computer doesn't catch on fire.
CPU Cooler: I knew I was going to overclock, and I didn't want to burn anything, so I decided that watercooling would be best for me, because in case anything caught on fire, then the tubes would melt and the coolant would put the fire out. Problem solved. But actually, this cooler is amazing. The CPU never goes about 60 degrees Celsius, even when it is on full load. And Corsair Link is a bonus. I <3 LED's.
Case Fans: I wanted my build to be quiet, and since I hated the looks of the Noctua NF-F12's, these were the next best thing. They are so quiet I can't even hear them, even when they're spinning at 1200 rpm. Honestly, most of the time, I can't even tell that my computer is on most of the time.
Motherboard: Honestly, I picked the motherboard for the looks as well as the Killer NIC. I used to have a Realtek NIC and it was giving me lots of issues, so I wanted a higher quality LAN port. Also, the little dragon heatsinks are pretty nice. :D
Memory: I knew that 8 gB was enough for most people and that 16 gB was overkill, and everyone seemed to recommend the Vengeance RAM, so that's what I got, except the RAM Newegg shipped me was actually Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM. Oh well. It's still 8 gB and it still operates at 1600 mHz, so I could care less. It doesn't match with my color scheme though. :'(
Storage: I think it speaks for itself. The SSD is stupid fast, and the HDD is a nice storage drive. Windows 8 boots in like 0.1214 milliseconds. I can't even enter BIOS anymore. :/
Video Card: At first, I was going to get the Asus GTX 680 Direct CUII OC, but then this was released like 2 weeks ago, and since they're both based on the same GK 104 core, the newer the better, right? This card is a beast and it handles everything I throw at it on ultra with at least 60 fps. Except for minesweeper. That is a GPU killer.
Case: Honestly, I saw Logan's (Tek Syndicate) video on this case and I fell in love with it. (Not really) It's so flexible in a sense of being able to take parts out and modify it and all that shenanigans. The Arc Midi R2 is a first time builder's dream case, and I was able to snag it for only around $70 from NCIX when they had a sale a few weeks ago. So far, I'm loving the case. The only issue I have with it is that the I/O ports on the front are a bit tight, my headphones, USB devices and microphone all got stuck in the jack the first few times I plugged it in. I had to yank pretty hard to get them out, but they're loosening up now. Another thing that bothers me is that the power button lights up blue but then the HDD activity LED right next to it is red. It looks kinda weird with the two colors juxtaposed next to each other but it's probably just me.
PSU: I wanted a beefy(and reliable) power supply that would give me room to upgrade in the future to maybe a 2 way SLI. I thought it was modular, but I believe I accidentally ordered the CX750 (non-modular) instead of the CX750M (modular). Oops. It was a pain in the neck with cable management and all that, but since I'm diagnosed with OCD, I spent at least 1 hour managing cables until it was neat and tidy and I felt like I just wanted to wrap those cables around my neck and strangle myself. Seriously. All jokes aside, it's a great power supply, but I'm only basing that off of the fact that my motherboard hasn't caught on fire yet.
Keyboard: This thing is a beast. That is all I have to say. But actually, I love the individually backlit keys and the resistance on the keys is just right. The only problem I have is that there is no Windows key, but I suppose others may not want that.
LOGISYS Computer LED Sticks: I love these things. These are true red, unlike other cathodes or LED strips. So I got 2 of them. After all, the more LED's, the more powerful the computer, right? ;)
Now, you may have noticed that I do not have a monitor listed in the parts list. That's because I haven't decided on a monitor yet. For now, I'm just using my 32" TV, but I'll be sure to get one soon. I hope.
I hoped you liked my breakdown and totally unprofessional analysis of the parts I picked, and any suggestions would be welcome in the comments section down there somewhere. Thanks for reading through my comments, and I'm sorry if I drove any of you insane. :D