Okay, so first off let me say that this started off as a budget build for my girlfriend. She streams her games through twitch and she used to do it through an old laptop and it was killing that laptop, so we decided a PC was in order. She originally wanted to stay around $800, but things happened and it went over. This is primarily a twitch streaming and gaming build. It came out pretty good I think, and it runs very quickly so she's happy. Check her out if you have time: www.twitch.tv/cahlaflour
CPU: We got the i7 because of the video streaming and gaming at the same time, I figured an i5 would be more burdened. Plus, microcenter had a sale and put the price pretty close to the i5 so I figured why not. It runs wonderfully, and she loves it. It will be overclocked soon, but for now we are worrying about downloading all the software she needs for it.
Cooler: Cheap, common, and good at what it does. Will be fine for the modest overclock that will be put on it in the future.
Motherboard: I like MSI and it has a plethora of USB ports that she needs to connect everything, it also matches the color scheme so that's why it was chosen.
RAM: This was the first part I chose for the build actually. The 8gb of RAM from the laptop wasn't cutting it and when I saw this go on sale I told her a blue build would be better and this is where it began. It runs fine, it doesn't run at the full 2400 since it requires 1.6V and I haven't changed that yet but it runs at 2000 and that's fine for me, I may change this later.
Storage: It's storage, it stores things, and it stores things well. Boot time is about 6 seconds from completely shut down which is nice.
GPU: She doesn't really play any heavy games and the GPU will handle them fine if she ever does decide to play them. Her streams generally are from her Xbox one or ps4 so the computer is more processing than anything. That is why the 960 was chosen above the 970, that and the price factor. I know that the gpu is underpowered for the cpu, but it makes sense for this build. This card was massive when we got it, I didn't expect it to be, but it's wonderful. The blue glow of the windforce was nice since I expected it to be green like the rest i've seen, so that is nice that it matches.
Case: I really like this case. It's all metal and very easy to build in. The only thing I don't like is that the front headphone jack isn't working right now. I know it's connected right so it may be a software issue so I will have to look into that, if anyone has any suggestions as to what to look at that would be appreciated.
PSU: it's a good one, modular, and the cables are all completely black so it's nice. She won't need any more power than this.
Other: she is running windows 8.1 pro since I'm a student and can get it for $70, it's really not as bad as people think. Pretty similar to 7 and once windows 10 comes out she will be upgrading it, so it will do for now. I installed 2 SP120 white LED fans on the front for intake, and then used the 2 fans that came with the case on the back and top. I have not had time to benchmark or put it under any stress, so I only know the idle temperature for now, I will update it later when I get a chance :)
The dogs got tired trying to help us build, so I had to give them an honorable mention.
Feel free to comment! Thanks for looking!