This was my first time building a computer, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I was on a pretty strict budget of $700 since I'm using my own hard-earned money, and I think I did well given that restriction. It's going to be used for gaming as well as everyday family use. I know the cable management isn't the best, but I really did try, and I'm probably going to give it another go in the near future. The PCPartPicker community was really helpful in giving advice and learning in general from other builds, and I have to thank you guys for that! As for the parts, let's get to it!
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 - I know, I know, the 3570K is better, but I don't have the guts to overclock and I really was looking to save as much as I could, and the 3470 left me with $15 more in the end.
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 - I was REALLY excited for this motherboard, because it seems to be a very high quality board and I got it as part of a deal on Newegg which gave me the 8GB RAM for free! For me, it's been pretty solid so far.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 1x8GB DDR3-1600 - What can I say? It's RAM, it was free, it works. Doesn't get much better than that. It's also low profile RAM, which was an added plus, as it is just a little bit taller than the height of the DIMM slot.
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB - This is also going to be a family computer, and my dad does a lot of Photoshop and stuff like that, so the extra space is necessary.
Video Card: MSI GTX 660 OC - I absolutely love this card. It's relatively small, stays cool, and provides a lot of power. Defaults Skyrim to High/Ultra High and Crysis 3 to High, so I'm happy, especially coming from a laptop that played Skyrim on Low at barely over 15 FPS.
Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe - Great card. Once Windows had the drivers for it, it worked like a charm. Gets a consistent 5 bars on my home network and hasn't dropped a connection yet. I might have to get a new adapter if I want to use wireless on the Hackintosh part of this build, but I'll consider that when it becomes more important.
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 - Absolutely dreamy case. It looks really cool and setup was pretty easy. The only thing that kind of bugs me is that the front panel USB ports don't provide too much extra space for novelty USB drives, but that's not too important.
Power Supply: Corsair CX500 - It's Corsair, it works, I'm happy. It's not modular, which made cable management a little difficult, but I knew that going in, and I can't really complain about it.
Optical Drive: Not too much to say here - it reads CDs and does everything I've wanted it to so far.
OSs: MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - Got for free from work.
Hackintosh Dual Boot: This was the most difficult part of setting this build up, but also the most rewarding. I probably erased and repartitioned the drive at least 5 times, and installed OS X at least 10 times. A major pain, but totally worth it. If anyone else is interested in building a Hackintosh with the same motherboard and GPU, I've also written documentation on how to get everything working that I'd be willing to share if needed.
Sorry for the poor picture quality - I had my little sister take the pictures as I was building. Comments, suggestions, and improvements are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking!