This was for my wife's birthday. My budget was $900 and I went slightly over that but did keep it sub 1k. This was my first time building a computer, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Her laptop crapped out and she plays lots of games on it.... nothing too taxing, Sims, Civ, Diablo 3, DragonAge... We talked and decided a desktop will get us more for our money and last longer.
The build went pretty well. I had to re-install the CPU fan after getting almost done since I had initially pointed the airflow the wrong direction.
The case does a good job of hiding cables, but I still had a lot to try to hide. For my first time I'm calling it okay, but I could have done better on the backside with bundling things together. Had to add a case fan splitter cable, only added one fan as the airflow already seems excessive, but I do have another fan that I may still consider adding at some point.
Got boot time down to 11 seconds with the SSD and managing startup programs.
Very happy with the setup, now the problem is I built it for my wife, so I have to give it up this weekend!! Now I'm hooked and just want to build another one!!