CPU I bought the 4690k when it was on a disgusting sale at Microcenter (gotta love that place). Very solid processor, have it OC'ed comfortably at 4.2GHz. Runs like a dream.
MOBO Got it bundled with my CPU, and I didn't have any experience with Mobos at all. I figured this Z97 was as good as any for a beginner after reading reviews online after purchase.
GPU Picking the right card took the most time. I waited on a lot of deals and debated whether or not to save for the 390 and go all out for my first build. I decided on this 380 after finding a sweet sale on Jet, and I figured that I would just upgrade my GPU when 4xx and 10xx series cards come out.
CASE This case is sexy as ****. Everything about it is just sleek and beautiful. I LOVE IT
PSU PSU is a bit overkill, and semi modular. I figured it gives me plenty of room for overclocking and sli/xfire if I ever decided to do it.
All in all, great build for a first timer. Nothing feels quite as good as when you turn it on for the first time and it works!!