First real gaming pc I have bought ever bought with my own money, owned some of the parts previously recently just bought the major parts ( CPU, FANS, MOBO, GPU ).
I paid around $700-800 dollars for the cpu, fan , mobo, gpu alone and tax did make it pretty pricey, I'm happy with my purchase and overclocked the FX 8320 stable at 4 ghz could have went with the 8350 but I would have ended up paying around $35 tax and just didn't have enough money either way I'm happy with my rig and the temps are pretty nice.
Really proud with this build only built around 5 computers through out my entire life time and My pc building skills were pretty rusty did the best I can with cable management ( bleh first time I have ever attempted to do any cable management it was a pain but it was well worth it). You are probably noticing the duct tape on the DVD drive and HDD well yeah I don't have any bays that hold anything correctly didn't come with the case lol.... So I just taped it up... ;)
I'm pretty much able to max every game out at 60 fps never tried games like crysis and etc but the game I play are easily maxed out on 1366x768 res ( my monitor sucks yes I know) but I have tried the rig on a 37'' tv ( 1080p res) and can run everything still maxed out at 60 fps or higher easily.
Probably going to upgrade my monitor and go for SSD's, never went with intel mainly because I wouldn't have had much bang for my buck unless I went i7 ( the i5 hardly is worth my money).