I've been a fan of illevene's build guides since I began browsing this site so I decided to build a PC based on his/her under 500 guide. Unfortunately the parts weren't all at my home by my birthday so I was forced to put together four-wheelers for the babies. :P
However once everything arrived, I eagerly set about the task of completing my second build. I must say it was a bit of a tight squeeze getting everything into the case, but I managed to get all the components in and working. One thing I will say is that I'm not sure this would be a build for a beginner as a previous knowledge of at least how some of the parts may fit together is extremely beneficial.
This build brought a few firsts for me, personally. I used a SSD for the first time as well as choosing not to customize my first PC case. :P But more than likely I will later hook it up with a nice paint job. ;)
Overall I will say I enjoyed the challenge this build brought, and I'm loving how well it performs for the affordable price.