This is about 5 months late, but here is my finished build, plus several parts I've added since it was completed. I'm a student who isn't working full time so my initial budget was originally in the $800-900 range, but additional parts and accessories, such as an extra SSD and a head set, have bumped it up to the $1,150 range. I was fortunate enough to gain the 300GB HDD for free from a friend who had no use for it. Since it's mainly for gaming and general browsing and schoolwork, I didn't feel the need to spend the extra $200+ dollars to get an i7 CPU or a more powerful video card, and I think that was a smart decision as this build can handle all of my games on Ultra settings without a problem.
In the near future I plan on getting a better mouse and keyboard, as the ones I currently have are pretty basic and I'd love to get a mechanical keyboard. I also want to get a much nicer desk, if you look in the last picture above you can see that mine doesn't really allow for much cable management at all and the end result is messy. All in all it was a fun learning experience, and I can't wait until it's time to build a more complex, powerful machine down the line!