My first build! I have been working for a little over a year since graduating from university in 2012, and after buying a car, going on a wonderful vacation with my girlfriend, and moving out of my parent's house, I decided my next big purchase would be a new desktop. Primary use will be gaming.
CPU: At first I wanted to go with a FX-6300, but I decided to spend a bit more for stronger single-core performance. When I read that Battlefield 4 better utilizes multiple cores, I considered going back to the FX-6300 or FX-8320. However it is only data from one game and I am sure the i5-4670k will be great regardless. Still working on overclocking it.
CPU Cooler: From what everyone says, the 212 EVO has amazing cooling performance for its price, and I must agree.
Motherboard: The dragon makes everything faster. Good price from the microcenter bundle. Although I am sad that I missed out on the Gigabyte Z87-UD4H for $75 pricing error.
Memory: Newegg shell-shocker, 8 gigs of DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 for ~$27 after rebate. What can I say?
SSD: I decided to go for a 240GB instead of 120GB because games are getting bigger and bigger... just the beta for Battlefield 4 is 5 gigs. Second-gen Sandforce controller, toggle NAND, MLC, good reviews and I have heard good things about Mushkin products. It was either between this or the Samsung 840 EVO.
HDD: I put a hybrid drive into my laptop, so I am reusing the old hard drive here.
GPU: I am considering getting a 1440p monitor (my current is 1680x1050) so I wanted a card that would give playable FPS on ultra. I was very fortunate that the new AMD R9 cards were coming out when I decided to build so the HD79xx are at a great price point. I ordered the Sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC from the Amazon Warehouse, but they actually sent me a Vapor-X GHz edition, and it wasn't even used (New in Box). _^ It overclocks very well (currently at 1200/1600 at stock voltage) and I could not be happier.
Wireless: The wireless on my desktop is actually not working very well, but I am not sure if it is the card or the fact that one of my downstairs neighbors has his Wifi monopolizing channels 2+6.
Case: Clean, quiet. Everyone else is doing it.
PSU: I know EVGA is a great company and this 80+ Gold PSU has pretty good reviews. Also I don't know if other PSU's have this but there is a metal handle attached for easier rig transport, which was definitely a nice surprise. The modular cables are colored red and black which fits well with the other components.
My next step is to work on cable management in the back and add more case fans. I currently have a Cooler Master Sickleflow 120mm (red) on the way. Should I use it as an intake on the bottom of the case or use it as an exhaust on top?
Overall I feel I got a lot of value for under $1000 and I look forward to taking on all the upcoming games. Comments/feedback welcome!