Before you comment and complain about my part choices, let me explain. My friend asked me to configure him a build that was 700$ and at the time this build was 700$. Of course, (my luck) he buys it without consulting me several weeks later, meaning he had to pay the price of inflation.
CPU - CPU was good, great budget processor I had in this build from the start
CPU Cooler - Also was in from the beginning, stays reasonably quiet, and most importantly was cheap. For some reason it doesn't cover the entire surface of the CPU and leaves a tiny bit of its corners exposed, which seems a bit inefficient and strange...
RAM - The RAM I initially suggested was sold out when he bought it, so he decided to click on a related item and buy it. It's fast, which doesn't really matter, but that + the sexy LEDs on it almost made it worth the extra 20$
Mobo - I am biased towards Gigabyte's boards. They work well, and they don't have bloatware. On top of it they are more durable than titanium, which is good for my friend because he will be using this in many different places.
HDD - Normally I would have suggested a 1tb Blue drive for 60$, but at the time it was 70$. Also the smaller drive means less noise/vibration. It's WD Black so it's also pretty snappy without an SSD. As for 320gb, I know it's not much, but I doubt he will break 200gb.
GPU - Asus has outdone themselves, they are pretty much at the top of the industry for graphics cards. Sorta like the Noctua of GPUs. For 180$, this card was a steal.
Wifi Card - He needs a good wifi card, he has half a meg of download speed on DSL, and he needs something that will work well and at all ranges, so again, Asus has worked well
Case- Had my eye on this one for my personal build. Looks great, cable management is easy, and it stays cool and dust-proof.
PSU - Pretty standard but not modular. As you can see, I went all out OCD on his cables. Glad I did it, looks pretty good. I mounted it upward facing because he will be using this on a variety of surfaces including gasps carpet.
BDD - Before you ask why, read. He doesn't have a proper TV in his house (Unless you count a 10 year old tube TV running analog) so he will be watching all of his movies on this computer. The monitor is a 1920x1080 IPS panel, and it's what he will be watching movies on, so this was sort of required. Not something I'd normally put in a build, but he will be using the Blu-Ray capabilities enough that it was worth the extra 30$ from a standard drive.
Everything else is pretty self-explanatory, build went well and everything came together nicely. If he had asked me right before he bought it, this is what I would have suggested instead. Installing drivers will probably take overnight to download and install with his internet. He does plan on upgrading his mouse and keyboard sometime soon, which is essential imo. Price is not including the monitor
Pictures aren't as good as I'd like, but hey, they were taken with an iPod