This is my first build. I bought all the parts off a Newegg order to save time/convenience and their RMA. It turned out to be about 100$ more than going with multiple vendors including shipping.
Here's some points I've been really happy with:
-The Z9Z mobo is amazing! The bios has a mouse interface and it's easy to understand for some one who knows very little about rummaging around in the bios settings. The mobo runs the 2133 RAM at a default of 1600 and you have to manual tune it to 2133 but the RAM has performed excellently, both at 1600 and at 2133!
-Golden edition MSI GTX 970 GPU is what i went with, and so far i have ZERO complaints. I'm running Dying Light maxed out and having zero issues. I like taking advantage of the Nvidia control panel for the first time and the card has a ton of options and 3 pretty dope fans. The back-plate on the card also allows for better heat dissipation I think, and it's whisper quiet. The heatsink is STURDY. I didn't know what to expect(first build right?) but the card feels heavy and awesome like it's got some quality to it and so far hasn't temped out at all on anything in 1080p. Like I said, mainly I'm playing Dyling Light and looking for other graphically tough games since i haven't been able to run anything cool until now for like 5 years lol.
-The CPU cooler was a good edition. Easy to install even for a dunce like me. The directions were clear and it was newb friendly with no problems in the install. I haven't OC'd because i haven't needed to but when i ran the diagnostic it told me i could easily bump everything up about 35% without getting to the danger zone which i thought was cool.
-That SSD is real quality. It has a driver disc, and it was my first experince with any SSD. It's tiny!! It's like super cute, like a cooler version of an external HD you'd give your gf or something lol. Using it for a boot disc and one or two higher end games, and using the Baracuda 7200rpm for storage and loading regular games with. So far it's worked amazingly and i'm really happy with it.
-PSU is well above quality I was even looking for and 650w seems to work fine for me. I don't even always play in 1080 so i'm not even always drawing it pretty hard.
-This case is pretty dope. It has that window so you can show off your cool glowing MSI card and cpu cooler, and it has a couple 22mm fans inside front and back with a front vent opening that allows great airflow.
-Win 8.1 wasn't as bad as I thought I admit grudgingly although it has it's moments.
-Should be noted I also spent 30.00$ on a new keyboard i didn't figure out how to post yet. I'll edit this as things go.
I'll post some more pictures after I add more ram. All this new storage overwhelmed me and I forgot where i put all the normal pics