After many years of being away from the PC building/overclocking universe, I finally found my way back and just in time for Haswell and the new 1150 mobos!
Took me around 2 months from initial research to boot up for this build. Most of that time was spent researching and waiting. Mainly for the new generation of Intel CPU's, socket 1150 mobos, and Nvidia 700 series of graphics cards. My initial budget was 1500$ and I went a little over in the end but I think it was well worth it. My main uses are gaming, overclocking, and photo editing. All said and done, I haven't regretted a single purchase so far and I'm very excited to share this build.
The only caveat I have to add is that, like everyone is saying, Haswell runs HOT, HOT, HOT! In the end, I decided on delidding with the vise and wood block method. Not gonna lie, I drenched my T-shirt in nervous sweat while doing it but it was the best decision I made. I obtained close to a 20C drop in temperature differences while stress testing. I am now completely stable at 4.6Ghz, whereas before delidding, I was easily stuck at 4.5. Also, my temps are no where near the max, just need a few more tweaks and tests and I think 4.8 isn't out of the question. And according to some guides out there, my CPU falls in the lower tier of the "silicon lottery".
Hope this helps someone build an awesome gaming/overclocking/editing machine. Peace!