This was my very first build and despite generally knowing how everything would fit together I had never even so much as changed ram before. Overall the build went smoothly and everything worked just fine out of the box. Probably the two biggest surprises were 1) the amount of force needed to snap some of these pieces in and 2) the size of some of the components. As far as force goes, I thought I was going to snap the motherboard in half trying to mount it in the case. The center pin it needed to rest on was so far off (well, a few mm, but relatively far compared to where I thought the standoff hole should be...) I triple checked the motherbord to make sure that's where it needed to go. Eventually I got it but not after a tense 15 minutes of shoving progressively harder and harder until it finally fell into place with a snap. After that things went smoothly until the x60 install which I knew would be a pain. It took 6 hands and 45 minutes but eventually it was done. Again I was surprised at how tight the waterblock was over the cpu. The other thing I was surprised at was the size of some of the parts. I never really got the scale of some components by just looking at pictures of them. The 770 was huge. I mean the thing must weigh close to if not as much as the motherboard itself. Even the motherbaord was larger than I thought it'd be. The southbridge heatsink is almost as large as my hand. Not to mention some of the caps on it are like almost an inch tall.
Here are my thoughts on the parts I used:
4670K: Perfect for what I need it for and was a part of the great combo deal with the motherbaord.
X60 cooler: At the time I was buying parts it was only like 10 dollars more than the H100i so I figured why not? As long as its on silent it is pretty much inaudible. Even on silent this thing cools my 4670k to like 22C idle and the highest I have seen it hit was mid 40s during games.
Gigabyte z87 ud4h: I actually bought this in early August because microcenter had it on sale for that ridiculous price. This board has all the connections I could ever want and looks great with the asus 770 and vengeance ram.
Ram: Standard 1600 ram. Red, looks nice and runs fine.
Asus 770: This is a huge heavy card. That being said it maxes everything so far and is silent. I really like that Asus ships their 770 with a backplate installed as it makes the card look much sleeker and cleaner. The first time Crysis 3 booted up in glorious 1080p I knew it was worth it.
120gb EVO: This thing is so fast I actually had trouble getting into the bios because the computer booted so quickly! Its not the largest drive, but it fits the OS and my most used programs easily.
1 TB HDD: This is plenty of storage for now. It fits all my documents, music, programs, and games with 800GB to spare.
Air 540: As soon as I saw this case I knew it was the one. Everything about it is amazing except for the lack of dust filters and strange cut-outs under the 3.5 inch bays.
HX750: Provides plenty of power and the fan doesn't spin unless its under heavy load. It was surprisingly heavy, probably the heaviest part beside the case. The 24 pin and cpu power are super ugly so I am looking into buying some extensions for them.
Windows 8: This is my first time using 8 and so far I'm enjoying it. Some aspects are a little counter-intuitive, but as a whole I have no regrets taking this over 7.
VX238H: Love the 1ms response, defiantly feels snappier than the older monitor I was using that was 15ms. The TN panel is decent enough considering the price and response time, and the built-in speakers are a nice addition as well.
K70: Having never used a mechanical keyboard before I wasn't sure what to expect beside the general fact that everyone here loves them. Within 10 minutes I was converted and don't think I could ever go back. The backlit keys are amazing and make typing/playing games in the dark much easier for someone still learning to use KBM controls.
M40: I almost bought a m65 but settled on this instead. Again as this is my first gaming mouse I have nothing to compare it to but I am really happy with it. Fits great in my hand and the DPI adjustment comes in handy much more than I thought it would.
In conclusion this build is everything I had hoped it to be and more. It was a long time coming but I am so happy with the results. I look forward to using it for many years to come.