So I spent about a year to figure out if I wanted to build a computer, how to, and which parts/ features I wanted. I have just completed my build and it went nearly flawlessly. In order to install windows 8.1 I had to remove my wireless network adapter. I installed the drivers for it and then re-installed it. For some reason my psu makes a fairly loud clicking noise when I pointed it downward to make use of the filter. I took off the grill to see if I could find something that the fan was hitting but couldn't find anything. Anyways, after putting it upright it is much quieter and indiscernible from the slight noise of the fans.
UPDATE 1/5/13 : Had to RMA the HDD and PSU. HDD was bad and the power supply got even louder.
-CPU - I went with intel i5 because I liked that it ran cooler and could be easily overclocked.
-CPU Cooler - Cheap and very well reviewed. I don't plan on doing any overclocking until I upgrade to liquid cooling.
-Motherboard - Ok, so I was also looking at MSI's gaming board but I have had way too many recommendations by friends and online to ignore. More motherboard than I need at the moment, but gives me plenty of room for expansion and it just plain looks cool.
-Memory - Originally was going with a slower speed ram as I haven't found any hard evidence that increased speed will improve anything that I will be doing with my computer except some minor video editing, but it was really cheap and I still have 2 memory slots I can use to upgrade later on.
-Storage - SSD for operating system and most used applications. HDD for storage and game library.
-Video Card - Went with a 770 for what I hope will be longevity. Also I went with the 4G version so I can eventually run dual/surround monitors for gaming and multitasking graphics.
-Case - Sleek with a classy window, fan filters, and soundproofing material.
-Power Supply - Gold rating with enough power for upgrading and at an incredible price!
Plans for future upgrades are liquid cooling, more ram, led lighting, and EVGA graphics card backplate.
Please let me know what you think!