This build started out as a $600 bang for the buck gaming pc, and has since evolved into way more than I ever thought I would spend... I'm sure y'all did the exact same thing :P
I was going to get an FX-6300, but the day I sat down to buy the parts Newegg had the 8320 for only $10 more than the 6300... why not?
I'm really impressed with the 212 evo. This thing keeps my 4.5GHz OC'd cpu in the mid 50s under load, and maxes out in benchmarking around 60c. Impressive little guy!
GTX 970. What's to say other than it kicks *** and takes names at 1080p, and even some 2x and 3x DSR! I haven't had any issues with #ramgate other than when I (foolishly) tried to run the ultra texture pack on Shadows of Mordor (recommended 6GB vram). Wish I had waited until the SSC version was released for the better power delivery and cooler, but it's still an amazing card!
HDDs were just spare old drives I had lying around. The Seagate currently has Windows 10 Tech Preview build 9926 running flawlessly, and the WD Green is there for backups.
Accessories. Cheap but effective CM Storm Dominator keyboard and mouse combo. Good placeholder until my budget allows for a solid Cherry MX Brown keyboard down the road.