My first build. I had a xion mid tower that I like and wanted to keep. So, aside from 2 case fans I gutted it. I was obviously on a budget. I'm not a gamer, use my pc for multimedia, surfing, office stuff. I wanted an intel cpu but not enough budget for an i7 so opted for the 3570. I don't overclock but bought the asus z77-a mobo because it was 100$ and gives me some ability to change my mind later. Seems like a good basic board but only comes with 2 Sata cables(in case anyone out there considers one) the ssd was purchased for my os and mostly because I didn't have to extend the budget a lot for the extra boot speed. As a first time builder cable management was a challenge. I tried numerous configurations trying to allow for airflow and general cleanliness(ate up a ton of zip ties trying to get something functional and reasonable looking). Thanks to everyone out there who's posted tech tidbits and especially those that have posted simple ways to partition ssd and hdd so they work the way you want them to( I'm sure I loaded windows half a dozen times before I got it right) Great experience, enjoyed building it, enjoyed the months of reading trying to figure my head from my a$$. Especially enjoyed pushing the power button and watching it flash up without a hitch:) I haven't been running it long enough to rate components but it seems to run well and is light speed compared to my 5 year old dual core set up.