Alas, I built my own PC and sacrificed parts of my social life in order to put money towards it but it was a journey worth going through!
I haven't been able to test this baby out yet but for the first day everything seems to be in working order. I went from a mediocre laptop to not-so-mediocre PC mainly for gaming purposes and internets (along with a bit of work for uni) and boy can I feel/see/hear the difference.
Many of you may wonder why I went with Haswell instead of IB and the truth is there were many factors: new build not an upgrade, not going to OC to the extreme, new shiny technology, etc...This was the part that took me the most time to make up my mind on and I went with what I felt was right for me.
I did want to get the gtx770 but money was an issue, the same goes for getting a SSD. I am leaving the possibility of adding a SSD, another graphics cards or even upgrading the graphics card open for the future.
Now building the thing itself felt quite daunting at first - in fact my hands were shaking uncontrollably whilst trying to fit the hyper in but after a while I started to feel more comfortable. There was a point at which I thought that I had fitted everything in and tried to power up but nothing happened; after checking wires again and connecting other wires, it worked - hoorah! So the moral of the story, kids, is to check your wires and be patient.
I also ran into the problem of not having a dvi cable to connect the monitor and pc together so that took a few days to arrive and once connected everything was go, go, go!
It may not be to everyone's liking but I like it and that's the main thing.
Feel free to criticise/compliment or do whatever.
P.S. Sorry for the ****** photos and cable management.