This was my first build after toying with the idea for years, starting as long back as when I was in middle school. After finally deciding to do it, I started here to see what parts had worked well for others. I am really happy with how it turned out. I made a few configuration changes as the build progressed including to go with a different case, the H100i, and my motherboard and CPU combo.
With the case, I went from a BitFenix Shinobi Window to the Corsair 750D. I did this due to availability and some of the reviews I saw online that called into question some of the features of the Shinobi and brought to light some of the better ones of the 750D.
I went with the H100i instead of a CoolerMaster 212 Evo. I honestly did this mainly for looks since I think it looks really cool, and I had the money for it. It also performs like a champ and was really easy to install.
My motherboard and CPU got switched thanks to one of the online vendors. That would be my only difficulty and recommendation with this build. I ordered a lot of my parts from NCIX initially but was extremely displeased with their service. Yes they were a little bit cheaper than other places, but you pay for it in dealing with them. It took them over a week to ship my order and didn't tell me which items had shipped. When the first package showed up it only had three of the six items in it and the invoice only had two of the items printed on it and someone had lazily scrawled down the name of the third part. I then had to call their customer service and be informed that my other parts were coming from somewhere else and had already shipped but no one had told me. That package only contained two of the remaining three parts. I called back again and found out that the last part was on back order and would take even longer to ship. I ended up extremely frustrated and cancelled the order and returned all the items which cost me even more money. As of this writing I still have not been contacted by anyone on the status of my return, three weeks later. I ended up just going to my local TigerDirect.com store and picking up the 4770K and Z87-G45 based on availability and reviews. I am very pleased.
Anyways, back to the computer, it runs really well with all the components running at baseline speeds and I haven't decided if I am going to overclock it or not.
I can't speak highly enough of the Corsair fans. They are extremely quiet and efficient which makes them perfect for my machine. I wanted it to perform and not sound like a turbine engine while doing so.
I will try to keep this updated if I make any further changes. The only thing I am really thinking about right now is getting a brighter set of LEDs for the inside of the case.