New built I just finished, taking advantage of Boxing Day deals.
CPU: Not too much to explain here, not much competition for the 4670k for a gaming/everyday use processor. The chip I got wasn't too great at overclocking, 4.3GHz with 1.32V.
Cooler: Had a killer deal on the Water 2.0 Extreme and reviews seemed pretty good. Overall, performance and installation is very good but the fans and software could definitely use improvement. The software does not detect my CPU temps and is generally a pain to use and the fans sound like vacuum cleaners when turned all the way up.
Mobo: Once again, killer deal on this. Very solid board, has all the features you'd ever need.
SSD: Got a pretty good deal on this. Very fast (well coming from an old 5400RPM mechanical drive, anything's an improvement) and no issues so far.
Hard drive: I forgot how nice it was to have so much storage you don't have to worry about having too many programs installed. Solid drive, decent performance.
GPU: Really nice card. Maxes out almost any current title, pretty sweet for under $250. Was going for a GTX770 but couldn't find any nice deals so I sprung for this instead.
Case: Tons of flexibility and options. More than enough expandability for my needs. Cooler went in absolutely no problem despite the Water 2.0 being an extra-thick rad. I love the looks of Fractal cases, so not too much explaining to do here.
PSU: Killer deal on this one, 80+ Gold and 650W for $65? No problems so far, love the modularity.
OS: Not a big fan of Metro or Windows 8 but Microsoft doesn't offer the student deal on Windows 7 anymore, so I guess I have to settle for 8.1
I know cable management isn't the best, but realistically, I spent zero time on it. I might get some LED lighting because you really can't see inside the case with that smoked windows that comes stock on the Arc Midi. Any suggestions or improvement welcome. Thanks for looking.