Elysian is my first ever built PC, and it is designed with gaming in mind, but i also use it for making music and doing 3D modeling and rendering. It is liquid cooled with an H100 and overclocked to 4.6GHz at 1.288V. I chose 16GB of RAM because i use more then just 8GB often, and i did not want to use an 8 and a 4GB module together. I originally had a low end ASUS motherboard and upgraded to my ASROCK because the ASUS one did not support overclocking.
Here is a list of the parts with reasons i decided to buy them and any other info...
CPU i5-3570k: I decided to go with the i5-3570k because i knew i would eventually overclock it and it had exceptional reviews, my build was not bought all at once, it began with a CPU, motherboard and RAM upgrade, so i have had this same CPU for about a year and a half.
CPU Cooler Corsair H100: It is listed as the H100i below because they do not have the older h100 on here, i got the h100 for Christmas and i got it over the h100i because it was on sale for 80$, and has almost identical performance, the biggest changes are it has the older plastic tubes and the pump speed button.
Motherboard Z77 Extreme4: This was an upgrade because i was having a lot of problems with the P8H61-M i got from ASUS, i RMA'd it before and i got back one with another set of problems, so far i love the new board.
Memory 16GB (2x8GB): Started with 8GB then got another module from a friend because he got this RAM because i had it, and ended up getting some faster RAM because his build has an APU.
Storage SSD + HDD: Nothing really special about these guys, i love my SSD though, counting the POST time boots in about 8 seconds, about 3-5 not counting it.
Video Card GTX 660: Choose this because it was the best card i could find for my budget of about 200 dollars. It has great cooling and great reviews. When i got it the GTX 760 was not available, so that is why i do not have that card.
Case Phantom 630: I love this case, i have wanted a phantom case forever and finally got one for Christmas to accommodate my new liquid cooling setup, it is a bit expensive, but it has the advantage of being future proof as i probably will sell my PC as parts to friends rather then as a completed build when i am ready to upgrade.
Power Supply EVGA 650W: Got this for Christmas when i asked for a modular power supply, i love it and it comes with black and red cables that perfectly fit my color scheme for my PC.
Optical Drive: I think i got this from a thrift shop or something.. nothing special and it is rarely used.
Operating System: I got windows 8 because it was on sale for 15 dollars when it first came out.
Cooling System: It pulls in air from the front using 2x120mm fans that blow past the hard drive cages, then a 120mm fan at an angle blows the air up and past the GPU, then there is a 120mm fan on the back with 2 200mm fans on the top above the radiator, and then two 120mm fans below the radiator helping the 200mm fans, overkill maybe, but i love it and i have never needed to put the fans on anything but the lowest setting, and it is almost silent.
I have learned A LOT building this PC and cannot wait for my next build. Fortunately this one will last me a good while.