Here's the story.
I wanted a gaming PC for two reasons; 1) I am not sold on the next gen consoles, also I like backwards compatibility. 2) I was given an Occulus Rift developer kit and I needed something other than a Mac Book pro to use it.
After a few hours of research it became apparent that building your own PC is the way to go. I had never done this before and even after several hours of you tube tutorials I was a bit anxious. But anyway I selected the parts with the aid of some very useful Reddit articles and this website and gave it a whirl!
For any of you first time builders out there who might be nervous, don't be! Everything was relatively simple, there were a few fiddly parts (inserting the motherboard into the case & running cables mainly) but all in all it took me around 5hrs from unboxing everything to completing setting up all the drivers.
So after approximately 4 days with this machine, I love it! The SSD makes the operating system work so smoothly, the graphics and sound are superb plus the CPU water cooler makes the whole rig extremely quiet (especially compared to my Xbox 360).
If I were to do the build again I would make sure to mentally map out how the motherboard sits in the case so that I could run a few of the cables from the PSU under the motherboard itself to aid with cable management. But hey there a few things that only experience can teach you.
If you have any thoughts please let me know, as it would be useful to know where I can improve for next time.