Decided to build my own gaming rig earlier this year because... well i'm sick of mainstream console games and I want to play Rome Total War II in October =P.
I finished this build about 2 weeks ago... been lazy to put up pics and post the build (lets be honest... I started playing games immediately...steam summer sale doesn't help much either!).
Not sure if i got much of a deal on the components, I'm in Canada, so all the crazy bundling deals you all get down south doesn't really apply. Probably paid a bit more than I could have but at the end of the day, I bought the parts I wanted within the range I budgeted, so I'm pretty happy with it.
In terms on the component, I didn't have any major problems with any of them. The Seasonic modular cables could have been longer in some instances (had to really pull to get that mobo power connector in place) and the back out-take fan on the case could probably have had a longer cable since there's no close spot on the UD3H to hook it up using the back of the 400R to route the cable (you'll see in the pics I add later... bit of an eye sore).
I know there's not much to go off right now, but I'll continue to add more pics and look forward to any constructive feedback or comments, though I'm sure from reading these pages for a while there'll be a few "WTF YOU DIDNT PICK THE EXACT RIGHT COMPONENT FOR THE JOB NOOB!!!" type comments. Part of the experience I suppose...
Additional thoughts/things added:
Ordered additional dust filters for the side and top of the case to help keep the insides as clean as possible
The RAM did not run at the advertised 1600 speed when initially installed. Had to manually switch it over from 1333 to 1600
If i were to redo things, I'd probably buy the Caviar Blue and get a 240GB SSD. The Caviar black is a little loud, and i don't really need the speed it provides. My SSD is almost full (only 20GB left) and i'm paranoid about keeping it at that level.
The Razer Blackwidow's macro buttons are super annoying and seem to always get in the way. I suppose its something I'll get used to once my fingers get used to the keyboard setup. Everything else about the keyboard is great though, love the click sound of the keys, the responsiveness and the back lighting.
A note to those considering purchasing the NZXT Aperture M 5.25" Internal Card Reader for this case - the stylings match up really well, and the reader works well, BUT when installed into the 5.25 bay the reader sits just a few millimeters too deep and thus not lining up with the drive bay covers already on the case. Its just an aesthetic thing... which sucks because mostly I bought this card reader for its awesome aesthetics... Will try to force a better fit with some screws later.