This is my first attempt at building a machine so I saved up a bit and decided to go around $1200... but then I wound up going more like $1450 in the end. It's worth it and it was a pleasure to build. So glad I went with this case, the Fractal Design r4.
My motherboard posted right away without any issues on my test bench and everything went pretty smoothly. I followed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFb3TNePIg extremely closely,which is also why you'll see the stock cooler on my CPU in the first set of pictures instead of the H100i. It made it much easer to grab onto the motherboard when trying to get that damn I/O panel to position correctly with the ports on the back. That was the most difficult part aside from getting the RAM sticks in, because it was so tight I thought I was going to snap something on the motherboard.
Anyway, those are my pictures; thanks to all of you who helped me out with my questions! I'll post accurate stats once I get fully up and running and maybe OC'd a bit.
Also, it turns out I love Windows 8. After my last computer being XP I got pretty sick of the standard Windows environment. Really liking the 8 interfaces, I know I'm in the minority : )
Sorry for the grainy pictures.