My entire life I have had a series of average computers, and I have always wanted to build my own. I took the plunge and set out to build a computer capable of almost anything, especially games. It was my first build but I was willing spend over $1,000 to get exactly what I wanted. The motherboard is red, the RAM is blue, and the case fans are white; therefore, I call it the Iron Patriot.
CPU - I originally wanted to get the i5-4670k, but I'm not really into overclocking. For $50 more, the i7 was much more attractive and will hopefully make the machine more future proof. Who knows? That hyper threading may become useful.
CPU Cooler - This Cooler Master and the Noctua were some of the best rated fans. Again since I'm not overclocking, I did not get a liquid cooler. They take up more space and seem harder to install anyway. Additionally, I don't run the risk of it breaking and having water all over the insides of my computer.
Motherboard - I originally considered AsRock because of the price but felt Gigabyte was the better choice. Warning: do not buy open box motherboards from Micro Center. I originally bought the UD4H as an open box item after both me and a sales associate inspected it. It looked perfectly new, but ended up not working. I was livid. I replaced it with a brand new version of the exact same motherboard and everything worked perfectly.
Storage - For me, it's SSD all the way. All of my media (pictures, music, movies) are stored on my laptop or external hard drives. 250 gb is enough for all my programs and games, and I will consider getting another one in the future.
Video Card - I felt the GTX 770 was the best bang for your buck. It's not the best card, but it'll play anything I throw at it. It was difficult deciding on the manufacturer, but Gigabyte is reputable and I like the wind force technology.
Case - The Fractal R4 is one the best rated cases. I wanted something simple and sleek, and this was it. There's sound dampening padding on the inside, removable hard drive bays for superior cooling, and removable mesh to capture and remove dust. It just looks beautiful.
Power Supply - I wanted a fully modular power supply with the right power, and this EVGA met my needs perfectly. I could have gone with a higher wattage, but I don't intend to SLI making the extra power unnecessary. PC Part Picker estimated my wattage to be around 400w, so I felt 650w was enough.
Optical Drive - Found the cheapest one at Micro Center for $15
Operating System - Windows 7 Ultimate, free from my university
Thanks for looking!