I built back in august-september of 2013. I have given the name Wadsworth because of my love of the housemaid robot residing in Megaton in fallout 3. I use it for gaming primarily, occasional video editing, programming and 3d modeling. Anyway, on to the parts: I7 4770k: I wanted a cpu that would last me a couple years, had some speed, overclocking potential, and solid single threaded performance. In in hindsight, and especially after monitoring cpu usage, I probably could have gone with an i5, but this cpu is so great, I have no regrets :p Corsair h100i: The stock cooler on my cpu wasn't doing it for me, I got upwards of 70c in Intel's stress test in a matter of seconds. I did some research, and I decided I wanted a liquid cooler, as I heard they were quieter and had better performance. I definitely did see a significant performance increase (the cpu never goes past 60c @ 100% load), but the stock fans were pretty loud. This led me to do a fan rehaul on the entire build, ended up getting some af 120s, quiet edition. Motherboard: I heard great things about Asus, and I was not disappointed in this motherboard. I had no problems with installation and such, and had an easy time with the drivers. RAM: This was just dirt cheap at the time. I probably should have gotten some faster g.skill ram, but I haven't noticed any performance detriment. Storage: Slapped my OS, some games, and my primary coding software on my ssd, and put the rest on my hdd. Lightning fast performance, especially coming from a 2005 dell laptop :p Video Card: My video card is actually NOT an r9 280x, it is a 7970 ghz by Sapphire. For some reason, pcpartpicker doesn't have that card as an option. Same architecture though, so you get the idea. Case: The cooler master haf x is a great case. I originally used a corsair 300r, but had too little room, and had to move everything over... Never going to have that problem again! PSU: the Hx750 performs well, its quiet, and gives me plenty of power, can't complain.
I edited the prices on each component because I got some crazy discounts and combo deals. All together, this ended up costing around $1500 if I remember correctly.