So this is my first build! I'm really happy with how it turned out, I really wanted to stay within my $1000 budget, so this isn't a "super crazy" build. I tried to save money by buying parts when they were on sale, I started picking them up around Black Friday and did a lot of purchasing on Boxing Day.
I mostly wanted the machine for gaming, but not anything super intense. Just enough that I can play Dragon Age Inquisition and have it be pretty! My laptop was getting a little old so I though I may as well upgrade.
I went with watercooling mostly due to space issues. I felt that a huge heatsink would take up too much space and make cable management impossible. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how the cooling is turning out. The fan that came with the water cooler is a little noisy, so I will probably be replacing that soon.
The video card I ended up going with was HUGE! But it still fit, just had to move the cables around a bit to make space.
I'm pretty pleased with the build overall!