Unfortunately, I wasn't able to think of a cool name for this build; I guess I can always change that in the future.
I put off posting for a long time, most of the parts were purchased during black friday and the following holiday season. I'm pretty sure everything was bought during some sort of sale or discounted in some way.
This is my first build, I've had my hands inside of computers before, but never built a whole system. I had a budget of $600 (the amount they gave us as a bonus at work). I tried getting the most bang for my buck, and while there are a few things I would change, I'm plenty satisfied with the build.
The only thing that really gave me any trouble was the GPU, which was causing a blue screen pretty often. I ended up getting it RMA'd through Asus. I'm undecided as to whether or not I should sell the replacement and put the money towards a new GPU (maybe something Nvidia?). The GPU performed well while gaming, but seemed to crash when doing normal tasks, particularly listening to music and using the internet at the same time.
The 2 case fans I added are also pretty loud, but not enough to bother me much. They don't seem to vibrate as much as everyone said they would. I'll likely be adding a fan controller and a few (probably 2) more fans; will probably be replacing the fan that came with the case, so that all the fans match.
Cable management was the longest process of the build. I decided to do everything all at once, rather than manage the cables at a later date. I'm sure there is more that can be done with the cables, but as of now I think it looks pretty good. Unfortunately the only photos I have are from when I built it, I'll try to get some updated pictures one of these days. I didn't originally intend on the color scheme, it just happened and then I decided to go for it.
I almost forgot, getting that I/O shield on was a pain, and took much longer than it should have. Seems my friends had similar trouble as well.
Thanks for reading, suggestions/comments are always welcome.