This was my first build, I based it primarily off of a Tek Syndicate guide/parts list. I'm very happy with the results and thought I did pretty well for my first time. I learned so much and am already planning my next build (as a gift for my brother). Stay tuned to see it!
Anyway, on to the parts...
CPU: AMD FX 6300 - An excellent CPU. I was very skeptical going AMD due to so many Intel fanboys but, has this CPU blown me out of the water. It really doesn't run hot (even at a 4.0 ghz overclock) and does very well for many games (as long as they aren't very single-core-intensive). You can't go wrong for the price of $100...
CPU Cooler: Got my temps down from about 55-60 under load to about 40-50ish degrees. For a $20 cooler and no extra mounting hardware, you can't go wrong with it!
MOBO: Got it on sale for a good price. I wish it had more overclockability but I'll take it. It's a gigabyte board, you can't really go wrong...
RAM: Just standard 1600mhz crucial ballistix sport xt, went with the blue to match my GPU.
Storage: SSD for Boot and 1TB Blue for Games/Misc. Pretty straightforward...
GPU: Ahh! My favorite part of this build. This card is an absolute beast! It plays the majority of AAA titles at 60+ fps on high/ultra settings. By far the best investment I made for gaming experience and is definitely a rival to Nvidia's 770 if you're looking to save some $$.
PSU: Got a mail in rebate for $20 with this, can't go wrong. Semi-Modular (everything but CPU/24 Pin connectors are removable). Typical Corsair quality... perfect!
Case: This is my biggest regret because it really restricted my cable management and was very difficult for an amateur builder such as my self to mount things/arrange things properly. The design and looks are great but the functionality is sub-par. Top mounted PSUs scare me and there is no room behind the mobo to re-route anything. I would definitely pick another case but for $20, you couldn't go wrong with it.
Overall, this build has officially ascended me to the Master Race. I was a console peasant for a while but I'm finally feeling the true gloriousessness of the PCMR not to mention, I study Computer Science at College so I can finally relate/join in conversations about everyone's rigs.
Hope you enjoyed! PS: Don't be scared of AMD, they are by far the best price -> performance ratio out there!