Updated with pictures of setup after almost a year. It took me this long to get things set up the way I wanted them, for the most part.
I built this system mostly for gaming, and school work. I have 204 games in my steam library, and had been playing on my non-gaming laptop for about 3 years now. Needless to say this is a huge step up, and I am very pleased so far with its performance. I tried to buy everything on somewhat of a budget, and a lot of the parts were accrued over time.
I have the processor overclocked at 4.5ghz at 1.275 volts and it's 100% stable and crash free.
I had accidentally ordered the 3 slot cooler version of the 280x, as the 2 slot had just released and I didn't know which one was newer. It's quiet and plenty powerful for me so no complaints in the end. Overclocking the 280x created more heat in my room than I wanted so I ended up leaving it at a mild 1100mhz.
The monitor was highly rated and I can see why at this price range. It's a great all around monitor, but I'm ordering a Benq 2420Z in the next few weeks, as I primarily play FPS games such as Arma and CS:GO.
My next mission is to do sleeved cables and a custom window in my case. I'm not completely happy with the cable management the way it is and would like to clean it up a bit.