First off i apologize for the title. just kinda came out that way.
Built this for my roommate lat last year with a target budget of around $1000 dollars. This was exceeded but that was not necessarily my fault haha. Bit of a back story he purchased a prebuilt gaming computer from newegg but had a dead MOBO. After getting it replaced by another dead MOBO he gave up and i persuaded him to let me build him one. His target was for a gaming rig capable of handling all his favorite games and any new ones that came out with relative ease.
CPU: Devils Canyon. One of the best I know of out there for builds such as these. Running currently at a moderate 4.00 Ghz OC simply because i haven't messed much with it since i built it.
GPU: Of all the Aftermarket cooler designs Sapphires Vapor-X is my favorite. works amazingly well and having an internal liquid cooled cooler on your GPU is kinda cool. then again its not mine. Its pretty nice looking although i was a bit annoyed that it doesn't have a back plate. It was not my first choice but he liked the design and it was added to the build. I dont remember the price for this exactly...but it was a little under 300 dollars if i recall right.
CPU Cooler: Since major OCing wasn't a necessity this cooler was chosen. For all practical purposes an EVO 212 would have performed well and been much cheaper. As much as i would have liked a larger radiator this gets the job done and my roomy is happy enough to brag he has a liquid cooled CPU.
MOBO: honestly didn't know much about this MOBO. grabbed it for price, color, brand name, and compatibility. Easy to work with BIOS and so far no complaints.
RAM: So I went Ham with the RAM. again his idea and since i wasn't spending any of my money gave up fighting and let him have his 16 Gb of ram. While 8 would have work just fine for any game he plays, i will admit 16Gb of ram is one of those things nice to have...just to say you have it. Love corsair as a whole and this ram works efficiently and reliably. At the time it was on sale so pretty good value.
Storage: Basic small SSD for his boot drive and one game-League of Legends. The WD Blue holds his dozens of MMORPGS he doesnt play and Diablo III. He might invest in a larger SSD in the future but i doubt it as he is fairly content with his games ATM. (namely diablo III and LOL)
Case: on hindsight i should have gone with its baby brother the 410. I haven't checked if the GPU would have fit as it is almost as long as the GTX970 Windforce Edition so i 'm not completely sure. It looks naked on the inside of it due to its HUGE amount of drive bays being mostly empty but since there is no window on this case no worries. Easy to work with due to is size and looks pretty nice. Fan controllers are decent and add a nice feel to the build.
PSU: Basic PSU. good brand. good deal at the time. Good overall performance. no complaints other than that its not fully or even semi modular. i hate that. windowless case saves the day and i dont have to look at it.
Overall i'm fairly satisfied with the build. Had i been given more freedom i would have shifted the money around and i personally question some of my choices. While not all bad, might not have been the most cost effective. I had just completed a rather expensive build for another friend and was still riding high on a "high budget feeling" which may or may not have influenced my picks.