I will start this off by saying that I personally like the Windows 8 Operating System, because of the gesture shortcuts and start menu. Don't criticize the OS when it costs the same as Windows 7.
I chose the parts for the need of a well balanced computer capable of rendering animations in Maya and 3DSMax. This build costed, in all, about $1450 w/ tax, I purchased all the parts locally and got two great games -- Bioshock Infinite and Simcity -- and Metro: Last Light pre-release code. My local Microcenter matched NewEgg and Amazon prices if my hardware was cheaper elsewhere.
Testing games has been much smoother than I would have believed. I have been concerned with over heating especially with the small case. I played BF3 on the Ultra preset for around an hour without any lag(with the exception of during an autosave). The Bioshock Infinite Benchmark utility set to Ultra in 1080x1920 scored an average of ~55-60fps.
The SSD holds the Operating System,My Games, and My Program files comfortably with space left over.
I am very pleased with the size of the build. I am concerned about the airflow of the system, but the more experienced computer builder at Microcenter said that it wouldn't be an issue because the GTX 670 does not generate too much heat, and there is plenty of air flow in the case design. During the Bioshock bench marking test, the graphics card ran around 47C/116F with more noticeable fan noise as it sped up. I have not heard the GPU fan speed up while playing BF3 on Ultra.
3DMark 11 Score: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6504960
3DMark 11 Score 2 (Slight OC) http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6505557
3DMark 11 Score 3 (More OC) http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6505741
In conclusion, this computer will be used for programming in conjunction with UDK and will be used for 3D Modelling/Animation and Illustration.