Yeah, I know. Corny name. But I'm an old-school Transformers fan, and there's a lot of blue in my system. It's also streakingly fast in comparison to the 8 year old Gateway I just left behind.
I started this process completely from scratch. I knew next to nothing about current generation components. This website's build guides were invaluable to my research process. To other new builders out there: Yes, the sheer number of parts options here can be overwhelming at first. However, with visits to good PC hardware sites, lots of YouTube build video watching, and picking the brains of friends who have built their own, you too can build your own PC!
This is a gaming and general use PC (web browsing, etc) with no serious content creation in the works. My main goal was to play games at 1080p on Ultra or close to it. I primarily play Blizzard games (WoW and Diablo 3:RoS), but I also desired the horsepower to branch out and try games that are more demanding on a system. Also, I wanted to have the ability to overclock in the near future, so I selected the i5-4690K and a Z97 motherboard. All of the other choices came as a result of researching gear that was generally acceptable for 1080p gaming and would fit into my budget. I tried to stay under $1000, but you can see I ended up going over a bit.
Thanks for reading this if you took the time to do so. I hope I can play a small part in encouraging someone else to take up this challenge. It really is the most rewarding thing I've done for my gaming hobby... well, ever!