I wanted a computer that could play anything I wanted to without getting frustrated. My integrated graphics core 2 duo just wasn't doing the trick. This computer has certainly lived up to my expectations so far.
CPU: Yes, I was one of the lucky few who cashed in on the $200 4770k at Microcenter. The processor is, well, amazing. Runs everything at light speed. Temps are generally in the 23C range browsing the internet.
CPU cooler: Boy, did I have a heck of a time installing this bad boy. But after 45 minutes of sweating and cursing, it finally popped in place. It's nice and quiet and keeps everything cool.
Motherboard: UEFI BIOS is easy to use. Quality of build is good. However, the onboard audio chip was fried, so I had to purchase a $10 USB audio adapter, but whatever.
SDD/HDD: The 840 EVO is incredible. Windows boots in about 7 seconds. The HDD is fine as well, I'm putting all my steam games and school stuff on there.
GPU: I bought this GPU on December first, about 3 days before the litecoin boom. It was cheaper than the Direct CU II, so I figured why not. I haven't experienced any of the commonly complained symptoms (coil whine, artifacts) and the LEDs are cool so I'm really enjoying it so far. It's pretty quiet too (and demolishes anything I throw at it.) Sorry, no benchmarks at this time.
Case: I really like this case, I got it refurbed from corsair. Looks great, only complaint is the window is kinda ugly, but I can deal.
Monitor: OMG. This monitor is so good. And for $130. IPS panel looks so good. Colors are very vibrant. Buy this monitor.
So, I guess this is it! Thanks for reading!