Well this is my first time building a computer from scratch. I have named it Sovereign. There were some serious bumps along the way but ultimately I am very happy with my build. My previous computer had been experiencing odd and unpredictable issues so I decided to build a new one. I didn't really have a specific budget, I just didn't want to spend "too much" and I wanted all components to be worth their cost to me(or just be cost efficient in general). Due to many little issues such as dropping screws in hard to reach places and having a very difficult time installing the cpu cooler, the build took me almost 5 hours. In some of the pictures you can sort of see my cable management and I think I did pretty good for my first time, but please let me know if you spot any issues that should be addressed or fixed. I also noticed a little flex in my graphics card due to how insanely heavy it is, let me know if you think that is an issue.
CPU - I went with the haswell i7 over the Ivy bridge one simply because of the combo deal I got on it, allowing me to pretty much upgrade for free. I suppose it is a little overkill for gaming, but I occasionally edit videos in after effects and the extra power is quite useful. So far, I am happy with this purchase.
CPU Cooler - It allows my cpu to idle at about 31 degrees, but I am not entirely sure I would buy it again given the chance. It was very difficult for me to install, and since I won't be overclocking my cpu it might not even be necessary. But my room gets VERY hot and I wanted to be on the safe side.
Motherboard - I love this motherboard, nuff said. The audio boost features on it are quite impressive as well.
Video Card - I went with the 780 because I game a lot and I play a lot of demanding games, such as Crysis, Metro Last Light, The Witcher 2, etc and I really dislike playing games at less than 60fps on highest settings. Also, 3D is very demanding and I play games in 3d a lot now. I game all the time, so it will be pretty easy to get full bang for my buck here.
Case - Okay, I love this case. It even looks a million times better in person. I would recommend it to anyone, it is just a very nice looking case with a ton of space for nice cable management. And it looks amazing.
Power Supply - I have had issues with my PSUs in the past so this time I made sure to buy a nice one. I heard nothing but good things about this one and when you take it out of the box you can feel the quality in your hands.
Windows 8 - you either love it or you hate it really. I already had it on my old laptop, and I like it a little bit better than windows 7 due to the improved security and performance it has. Only took me about five seconds to install a start button and I haven't looked back since :D
Blackwidow Keyboard - I love this keyboard, wasn't part of the build cause I have already had it for a year or so.
Deathadder - great mouse. As with the keyboard, I already had it prior to building my pc so I saw no reason to upgrade.
So this is my build, I am pretty happy with it so far. I might add some red leds to it in the near future. Please let me know what you think!