Hello I thought I would share my first build here!
It was a bit intimidating, but after about a month of research I finally bought the parts and put this baby together. The build itself went exceptionally smooth. Started building at 9 PM, and by 1 AM, I was playing Skyrim. Building was appealing to me because I had grown weary of long console cycles, and the little freedom we have when playing on MS or Sony's boxes. The cornucopia of indie titles and user generated content on the PC is what drove me to this decision too.
This isn't a top of the line, face exploding build, but it is by far the most powerful machine I have played on and I am pleased with what I got for my money. For the processor, I went with the 8320 over the 8350 to cut down on the cost. It is still a great chip, and I don't see it bottlenecking my GPU. For the videocard, I am really pleased with my GTX 760. I haven't really pushed it too hard yet, but everything I have played so far looks jaw droppingly gorgeous. Coming straight from gaming on my 360 to this new PC, makes me appreciate it even more. It must be one of the best cards you can get in the $250 range right now.
Everything else in the build is pretty standard. I will say that the modular PSU is nice, and worth the extra dough. I need to get an extension for the six prong power cord. Its port on the mobo is in an odd position, near the top left of the board, and I barely have enough length to reach it now. I also appreciate the "stock" look to the case. The NZXT Elite is good for 50 bucks. Plenty of space, but I wish cable management was a bit better.
I would love your feedback on my build!