Well it took about 3 months to buy all of the parts but it definitely worth the patience. I was originally trying to decide if I should get an XBone or PS4. A friend of mine said to get a PC sorta jokingly. It did make more sense to get a computer and even more sense to build it myself as it would be cheaper. I'm primarily going to be using this for video and motion graphics work but also gaming. So far I've only played Skyrim but it looks amazing.
The build went smoothly. It posted when I test the main components. I didn't lose or break anything when I was putting everything in the case. And the best part of all, it turned on on the first try.
Anyways, as for the parts:
XFX R9 390 This first part I bought was the video card. I had only been look for a few hours the night before Thanksgiving and the day of. I didn't really know much of anything but I was on reddit and somebody commented saying that if you're thinking about buying that card then to do it now. So I did.
ASRock H97M Pro4 This was the next piece I purchased. I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to overclock so Z boards were out of the question. It seemed cheap enough and highly recommended so that's why I chose this one.
Xeon E3-1231 I was originally going to go with an i5-6500. I learned that Xeons were basically the same as some i7s as well as better for video work. Jet had a great deal that I couldn't pass up.
Crucial Ballistix Sport As far as I can tell, ram is ram. I went with something cheap but decently rated. I also figured 16 GB would be enough for a while. The price is marked as $0.00 because it was right around Christmas time and my girlfriend didn't know what to get me so I sent her the link to the parts list.
Hard drives I had a hard time picking out hard drives. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best combination of low price and high speeds. I went with the Silicon Power S60 because it seemed reasonably priced and it was Prime eligible. The WD Black was purchased with some money my mother gave me for my birthday, that's why it also has a price of $0.00. Everywhere I read said the WD drives were great and the Blacks were some of the best ones.
EVGA 750W B2 I had read that the B2 were some of the better power supplies and are actually rated silver rather than bronze. The price I got it for was the lowest I had come across in my searches.
Cooler Master N200 When it came to the case I didn't want a "gaming" case as I thought most of them looked kinda cheesy. I liked the way this case looked and I liked how small it looked in video reviews. It is small by the way. It was pretty easy to work with for my first time building. I managed to get decent cable management inside it and only had to cram the back on a little bit.