I've been wanting to build a PC now for quite some time. During my research of PC components I've learned a ton about what's good, what's bad, what has good value, etc. These parts came in at a little over a $1000 and for the price, I strongly believe they'll perform exceptionally. A little word about the parts and why I chose them:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k QC - Like I said earlier, I had been doing some very thorough research awhile back. For my first CPU, I wanted to go Intel. The 3570k stood out as a very good price to performance component. As my research continued, I switched over to the AMD side with an 8350. Soon after, I went back to Intel and the 3570k and then to the 4670k hence the price difference between the two (~$10). I ended up with the 4670k in the end and couldn't be happier.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 - To be honest, I didn't really do too much research on this mobo and I wasn't very fond of the price. But, looking at some reviews and ratings on Newegg and Pcpartpicker, this mobo seemed to be an exceptional performer for z87 mobos. Something that I also really liked about this mobo, was the vast I/O ports. That was definitely a big part of my mobo search.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - I chose this memory for a couple of reasons.. 1. It was cheap (on sale) 2. I've used G.Skill in one of my other builds and it's worked like it should have. 3. Loved the color scheme.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - Not too much to say here. I was going to go for an SSD first and buy an HDD soon after, but my buddy talked me out and told me just to go with this for the mean time. It was this, or a Barracuda from Seagate.
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB - The video card was probably something I spend the most time researching. This was for obvious reasons, seeing as I am going to use this mostly for gaming and maybe some video editing on the side. Some background on this, I was going for an R9 280x for the longest time until they skyrocketed in price and diminished in stock. At the last minute, I decided to go with this card. I love the Gigabyte Windforce design, and it's essentially neck and neck with the 280x, but that could be debated on forever.
Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 - I felt the need for an external wireless adapter hence the range issues I have constantly. I have doubts in my mind that a PCI wireless card would handle that well.
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower - After looking at full towers, I decided that wasn't necessary at all. One of the first cases I looked at in the mid tower section, was this case. Let me tell you, I instantly fell in love. There's something about the front panel and the side window that just attracts me more and more every time I look at it. 'Nuf said.
PSU: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V - I actually ordered this component back in July... I had a pretty good income and thought I would buy the rest soon. Turns out, I spent a lot on my girlfriend and that kind of stuff... But in the end, I've heard it's a pretty well built PSU and will do the job just great.
Optical Drive: It may be somewhat unorthodox to say, but yes... I still use an optical drive. Plus I guess it would be pretty handy to just have one.
That pretty much wraps things up. Thanks for taking a look at this build, tell me what you guys think! Any tips, upgrade suggestions, etc. Would be greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: I finally got all the parts and built this beast. The final build pictures are up! (Note that the picture with my system running on a box was when my case was delayed.) It's an absolutely solid build, I couldn't be happier with the components I picked out. Coming from OSX, building a PC opened my mind to so many things. All of the components run quite cool and very, VERY quiet. Even when I take the side panel off. The 770 combined with the 4670k destroy games and I love it.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides to this build. Thankfully, they aren't too bad at all. First off, the case power button has an extremely bright light. Even when the lights are on, it catches your attention unfavorably. Second, the Rosewill Wireless Adapter was an absolute pain in the butt to set up. They include the driver on a CD, but they don't include the software it needs to run properly. Fortunately for me, I just tethered my iPhone's internet connection to the PC and downloaded it in no time. (That may seem short, but it took me a frustrating 2 hours to get it setup.) Finally, the bluetooth adapter for my mouse was.... Pretty bad. The driver installation was quick and easy, however after a couple hours of use, the software said I was a victim of a false unit (or something like that.) All in all, I got everything set up and once again.... I couldn't be happier.