Named in memory of my friend who helped me out with most of the build via Skype. May we see each other again one day, if we both happen to be on Skype at the same time.
First a huge thank you to everyone here at pcpartpicker.com, my friend convinced me to start my first build, but only after finding this website did it actually become a reality. As a complete noob, it was a ton of fun looking through all of your builds and comments for ideas.
I've been without my own pc for over two years now, the old HP died after 8 years and I never got around to replacing it. So I wanted this build to be able to handle everything with an emphasis on gaming, graphic design and rendering, video editing, and media storage. FYI I have little to no intention of overclocking. I had a pretty arbitrary budget of $1000, but you know how that goes. I've been buying parts on and off since December 18th, so as plans changed so did the bill. Here is a list of everything as of now, and how much I paid. If that will help explain any part choices...
Everything is after shipping and taxes, MIRs, and some lucky shell-shocker deals
CPU - intel i5-3570 ($200)
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V LX ($115)
Power Supply - Antec 620W ($30)
Optical Drive - Asus CD/DVD burner 24x ($25)
SSD - Intel 335 SSD 240GB ($170)
HDD - Samsung F3 1TB ($65)
Case - NZXT 210 Elite White ($40)
Memory - Crucial DDR3-1866 8GB ($50)
GPU - PowerColor HD 7950 ($330) far cry 3, sleeping dogs, and hitman absolution game bundle
Mouse - G700 ($70)
My friend sent me disks of windows xp and the 7 upgrade, however xp will not install onto my SSD, so I am currently waiting for the hard drive to arrive before I can finish the build. I planned on getting a hard drive anyway but thought I could hold off a little longer. One of many mistakes but aside from that everything is in and working.
So again the build is not entirely done, but I will take that as an opportunity to ask you all for any advice on further cable management and cooling.
Thanks again for the inspiration, and I'm very excited to have found a new hobby!
UPDATE: worked on cable management a little more. Biggest changes, I lowered the SSD to the bottom slot to open up the airflow from the front, i removed the 24 pin connector and bent it so now most of it is hidden behind the motherboard, and i rerouted the pci power cables to come from the back of the case to the gpu. Advice to first time builders, don't try to do it all at once! It can be extremely overwhelming unless you really dished out for the case. Each day i open up the case and each time i suddenly see a way to improve it that i just didn't think of before. So the last few pictures are new cable management configurations, but of course i still need to add the HDD so it's almost but not entirely a finished product. Thanks for all of your comments, I'll add more pictures when the hard drive and windows are finally installed