It had been 4 years since I built my last machine and games were finally starting to chug on it. I figured it was time. I had been out of the building game for a while so I briefly considered buying a Digital Storm. Luckily I was talked out of it when people told me computers had gotten easier to build, not harder.
Well they were totally right. I put this computer together in about 2-3 hours to Windows install with breaks. My worst problem was the case fans. I was trying to figure out what the heck they plugged into and why they didn't look like any plug I had ever seen. Finally I went to the forums and someone mentioned that they came with nice caps to prevent prong damage. I facepalmed, removed the caps and plugged them in normally. ><
Overall it was an easy build, all the parts came in fine. Everything plugged in perfectly (said user-error fan problem excluded) and I didn't have to force/wiggle/cajole anything. I was really pleased that everything worked first power on and after a brief exploration of the totally slick boot setup menu I got to Windows install without problems.
So far my new computer is awesome. My old computer would take 4-5 minutes to boot up to Windows and then load all my stuff. New comp gets to login screen in 4 seconds, and its ready to roll 3 seconds after login. It destroys all games, even Witcher 2. I put my main games (World of Warcraft, League of Legends, whatever new super games are out) on the SSD and most of my other stuff goes on the regular drive. WoW loads insanely fast even with my mods. I'm now waiting for everyone else to load in LoL instead of being the pokey one.
I'm pretty pleased with this build as well as the state of computer building in this day and age. The only thing that could make it easier is when they decide to standardize the motherboard/case connectors for power, lights, etc. I hate messing with those tiny connectors.