CPU: I opted for the Xeon mostly because I will be doing video editing, graphic design, and content creation on this rig, and the hyperthreading is crucial for that. An i5 4960k will definitely perform better in games, but you bet your a*s I will sacrifice a few fps for 8 threads any day.
CPU Cooler: The Hyper 212 EVO is a freakin' beast for an awesome price. No further elaboration needed.
Motherboard: I have to admit. I ****** up a little bit on this one. I originally intended to get a different red ATX board from Asus that would've matched my color scheme better, but I accidentally ordered the wrong one--a mistake I have never made in the past. Nonetheless, at least it is compatible with my 2011 CPU and does its job.
Memory: I opted for 1x8GB instead of 2x4GB just for future expansion purposes.
SSD: Great SSD for the price. I use it for booting and game storage. I have had no problems whatsoever with this drive.
HDD: Does its job.
GPU: Even though I won't be doing much gaming on this machine, I ordered a rather beefy card mostly for fast video rendering times. But I will admit; this puppy can smash most games.
Case: Damn, NZXT sure delivered with this sexy case. The little power supply cavity is marvelous for cable management but at times was hard to work around. Nonetheless, I do not regret getting this baby at all. I recommend it for anyone.
PSU: I haven't had any issues with this power supply at all. I hope that holds true for the future.
Peripherals: I did not include peripherals in my part list because I already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset, and microphone. Just in case you're curious, my monitor is a Dell U2715h (marvelous for GFX at a great price), my mouse is a cheap a*s SteelSeries mouse that is good enough, my keyboard is the cheapest Cherry MX blue mechanical keyboard I could find when I bought it a year ago, my headset isn't really a headset but a pair of cheap Sony headphones that get the job done and are a great value, and my microphone is an AT2020 XLR coupled with a Scarlet Solo Compact audio interface--the two combined create stunning audio quality.
Happy Kwanza. I'll upload pictures later because it's almost 10 AM and I gotta go shower.