After many years of using standard desktops bought at the store or ones that my friends built for me, I finally decided to build my own. I will be using this for some gaming, general use, school and running multiple VM's (for school work).
The prices on the parts list include any taxes, rebates, and shipping fees. I was lucky and got some great deals on some things, and not so lucky with some meh deals on other.
Now on to the build itself.. The overall build was fairly easy. Being that this was my first build I made sure to take my time and read the instructions. There weren't any problems that I encountered that hadn't been explained with in the instructions of the component that I was working with.
I wanted something that I found aesthetically pleasing and offered good functionality as well. The case I chose offers both for me. Simple design with extra features of built in lighting on the outside and the extra addition of LED lighting in the inside. The components that I chose also offer this and makes it so I don't NEED to upgrade any components soon (being a college student and working part-time money is scarce). Not to say that I won't upgrade components... I will be able to upgrade at my pace vs needing to upgrade because it can't handle simple tasks or my school labs.
There is one final piece to this build that is currently being worked on, the side panel that covers the cables (I put in a good attempt on cable management) is being painted with a custom drawing that a friend did. As soon as that is done and I have it I will be adding some pictures of it.
Considering that this was my first build, I am happy with the outcome. Any constructive feedback is welcome, I can't wait to start another one!!
UPDATE!! 03/26/2015- I sent the side panel that covers the wiring off to be painted by a friend. She did a custom design (she named it Motherboard of Dragons) for my rig and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! I have uploaded new pictures. Some of them are just showing off the lighting of the rig, the keyboard, the general setup that I am working with and of course the side panel.