This was my first build ever and I'm very happy with it. I wanted to make a relatively high performance rig (16GB ram and SSD) that could handle moderate 1080p gaming and rendering for under 1000$. Many will argue that a R9 280 and an i5-4460 is not high performance computer, but it will be able to play most triple A games at low to medium setting at 60fps, and many other less stress-inducing games at high settings at 60fps. As for rendering and CAD work, this is a HUGE step-up from my old laptop, and runs plenty fast for me.
I also wanted this build to look great, and it does just that, I had to make some compromises in price for components that look this great, but I think it was worth it.
In the actual build, I really only had a 900$ budget, and I wanted to order everything from newegg, so I dropped the R9 280 and decided to use my brothers gtx 750. It preforms better than I had expected, but I see an upgrade coming in the near future.
As for the keyboard and mouse, I'm using a crappy basic keyboard my brother stole from his school lol and a decent microsoft mouse I had lying around. The Monitor is a nice 23", 1080p, 60hz Samsung that I was using with my laptop.
This is a great way to build an awesome, upgradable rig that looks great for under 1k.
Notes: The motherboard is an MSI z97A Krait Edition, not a z97S Krait Edition. This z97A Krait is seldom talked about or used, but is actually a better board with 2x USB 3.1 and 3x PCIE 3.0 x16 slots. When I ordered the parts, this board was actually 10$ cheaper than the z97s Krait, thanks to a sale on the part.
Hope you guys enjoy the pics!