Okay so I was a console gamer (PS3), but always wanted to be in the PC gaming scene. I have always had crappy laptops or store bought desktops that couldn't run World of Warcraft on the lowest of settings. This was my very first build and I am quite proud of my accomplishments. Overall, it was a very smooth process and I wish I would have converted sooner. Total build cost was about $1100
Side notes: I had some trouble screwing in the 200mm fans because the screws were not long enough to fit though the frame and bracket but i found a work-around and its all good now.
I already owned the mouse, mouse mat, headset, and TV before starting this build.
Windows 8 is awesome. People are just afraid of something different. "The only thing constant is change" remember that. I highly recommend people switch over.
Newegg tutorial videos will teach you almost everything you need to know to get started.