This is my first build in the last 10 years.
The reason behind much of the choices is that I wanted a system that will fit in my shelf unit (depth and height restrictions), which can as well run most of the high end games today and in the next 3-4 years.
I was as well restricted by the options available as I'm living in the Middle East (Dubai) and you can't always find all the parts needed. I've ordered few of the parts from the US, which including the shipping cost would still be cheaper than buying them here (motherboard, memory, SSD and Case fan were ordered from the US namely Amazon).
Forgot to mention, this is connected to my 60" Plasma screen :)