I've always wanted to build a PC that can handle anything that I'd can reasonably throw at it. I've always had prebuilt computers and could never play more than CS 1.6 on them without taxing integrated graphics too much. So I bit the bullet after building a racing simulator setup for the Xbox One...I figured I can just switch over to PC with the setup eventually.
I spent many hours watching build videos and reviews on most every item on this list. I'd watch and read reviews for 2 products per week, then would make that purchase. I think I ended up with a solid build (aside from the GPU, but we will get to that).
CPU - I had no need for a i7 because realistically, I will never notice the difference. This setup will be for gaming and web browsing. Light graphic design work once in a while, and MS Offfice programs. I've overclocked it to a very stable 4.2 GHz which is yielding a max of 57° under load from Intel Burn Test on Max run 100 times.
Cooler - As you have read in the previous statement. I am yielding under 60° with a 20% overclock. I have no complaints here. It was honestly purchased because I hate the look of large CPU cooler fans and knew that I wanted a window case. Install was fairly easy, hardest part of my build for sure - but I am just a rookie.
Motherboard - I mean...it works well, I've had no issues. Mainly purchased because it was white/black and new (supports m.2) OC Genie worked nicely and I love the UEFI from MSI.
Memory - 1866 MHZ 2 x 4 GB is all I will need - plus the white! I will probably get another set in black if I ever feel like burning a hole in my pocket.
Storage - Man oh man, I've never experienced an SSD and I don't know if I can ever go back! I will probably re-repurpose my other hard drives in a HTPC build next, and fill this one up with all magnets!
Video Card - Okay....I barely game on the PC, and my monitor only supports 900p, so this was all I would ever need on this monitor. Got it at a steal for 100 brand new on CL. Within a few weeks I will be upgrading to a 24" BenQ 1080P and then I will be simultaneously purchasing a GTX 970. This one works great for Borderlands and FTP games. Once I upgrade this I will be really digging into what PC gaming is all about.
UPDATE: Bought the ASUS Strix OC GTX 970...so far so good, overclocked easily and my firestrike benchmark is right around 10,500 with a 4.2 GHz OC on my CPU. Runs VERY quiet! GPU core clock is 1,294 mhz, and memory is set to 8,000 MHz using up to 110% power and an additional 15 mV
Case - Love the style - solid build. Could use a bit more space on the management side of the case. Everything else was a breeze to work in and it just looks minimalist yet pretty.
Power Supply - Yes, overkill - but this was the first part of my build. I wanted to be safe in case I went an AMD/Radeon route or even SLI/Crossfire.