I always wanted to have a proper gaming computer, so with some money saved up from work I finally managed to put together one. I mainly play Starcraft II, Battlefield 4, Diablo 3, Left For Dead 2, Total War Shogun 2... etc. I love it and feel proud that I have successfully managed to put one together.
On a side note, when building this one, my original choice for the motherboard was Asrock Z77 Extreme 4. But when I assembled it all together, the computer would turn on but screen would not come on... and being this my first time building a computer, I was frustrated and spent days figuring out what was wrong.... it turns out, I simply did not press the RAMs all the way down to the slots... without RAMs properly inserted, of course the computer would not properly boot... I thought the motherboard was DOA and sent it to RMA... in the process, while trying to put the socket cap back on, I managed to destroy couple of CPU socket pins, so alas my RMA was denied and bam. there goes $130.... my current one, Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA 1155, is also very good and I am happy with it. Highly recommend to those who want simple BIOS settings and setup, because this motherboard has UEFI BIOS that is very easy to use. Performance-wise, it is very good too.
Another note: the case here is Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower. Notice in the picture how my 120mm chassis fan is not white as it is supposed to be... well, case fan that came with the chassis was working fine, but be it my improper handling (highly likely) or the wire itself was fragile, but one of the circuit has ripped and thus fan was broken... luckily, I had some Cooler Master chassis fan in hand (I do not know what that is called, bought it 2 years go), so I am using that one. It is blue, not white so does not fit the color profile :(, but it does what it is supposed to do. Wow, I wrote a lot. Just had to share my first ever adventure of building a computer from scratch and mistakes I have made because I did not know any better and hopefully others don't make the same mistake that I do.
Forgive me for not putting up a complete overview picture of the motherboard and parts inside... I am just too lazy to turn off the computer and lay it down on the floor to take picture from that angle, so I just took the picture with chassis opened, from the side.
Disclaimer The CPU Cooler and Operating System were the ones I already had, so they do not actually count in the price. the overall price for the build is under $1000, with rebates, and not counting that I broke another motherboard.