So, I just completed my first build and it is amazing! The only real issue I ran into was after I installed everything, I realized I have my OS stored on my HDD and I bought the SSD explicitly for my OS and game storage. I was terrified while installing my CPU considering it was probably the most simple part of the build. Cable management could probably have been a bit better but I think I did well considering my experience and patience.
I mainly built this pc as a media center/workstation but will be delving into the pc gaming master race as soon as I can afford some games. I've already started running Minecraft and Garry's mod on it and it is a night and day difference from my 3 year old Dell laptop. I will still be using my laptop in conjunction with my desktop and I have a 32" LED TV that I will use as a second monitor.
I spent roughly 5 hours from unboxing to windows boot but spent a lot of time ensuring I had connected everything properly. I didn't want to blow the thing up the first time I hit the power. The plethora of extra cables that come with each component can be confusing and overwhelming but you really just need to consider how each part gets power and transfers data. From there, you can just think about the normal operation sequence of PCs and consider the parts as they relate to the whole.
My main complaint is with my MOBO and GPU. The GPU covers up the LED logo on my MOBO! lol. As far as operation goes, it is quiet, fast and pretty. I couldn't be happier and am now hooked. The Asus ROG bios and support software make monitoring and tweaking everything a breeze. I'm already planning a new build for about half the cost of this one. I still have lots of tinkering to do, such as moving my OS to my SSD and tinkering with OC'ing and optimizing my system but i'm learning a ton and well on my way.
Thanks to everyone that helped in the forums and in general on this site. I would probably never have done this without you guys. The fact that so many people can do this and know so much about it made me feel at ease when I started buying parts.
Let me know it you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc.
*I will upload more and better pics when I am able to borrow my buddy's nice camera. (phone camera is shite)