Also posted this on r/buildapc, where I was introduced to this lovely site. Pcpartpicker probably saved me ~$100. Being patient over a couple weeks paid off.
My goal was a compact build around $800 that could play all games pretty easily. Lots of nice cases out there, but I went with the basic CM 120, which fit all my needs. The case can easily pass for a kitchen appliance of some sort so is likely not to get taken if my place gets robbed. A friend asked me what it was when the box was delivered and I told him it was like a microwave but it cools things instead of heating them. He just said "oh, cool" and didn't ask about it any further.
I picked up most of the parts on sale over the course of a few weeks. Only thing I'm questioning is the PNY SSD. It was recommended in one thread so I went and purchased it, then in another thread people said stay away from it. Works fine so far, it's my first SSD and windows 8.1 booting up in 8 seconds is pretty cool, especially since my dell 15z took around 5 minutes to boot Windows 7 with all the programs.
So far it's been running games without a hitch (as expected). No heat issues or anything. I live in a dusty area so I expect dust to be the biggest problem. Any suggestions for dealing with dust? I plan to cover the PC with some type of fabric when I'm not gaming.
Pardon the cable management, will be taking care of that shortly.