I recently completed my first computer build thanks to PC Part Picker and some help from r/buildapc. This was a great learning experience and enjoyed the process from start to finish immensely. Thanks to everyone who put in their two cents regarding part lists and updates.
After building the parts here I was about to fire the trigger on a large order from NewEgg.com. Then I discovered that I have a Micro Center a couple miles away. After reading numerous stories about RMAs, waiting on parts, DOA components I decided to just head over to Micro Center at get the parts in person. I'm glad I did - Micro Center is just awesome, the staff was super helpful and they had plenty of discounts going for first-time builders. They even had pre-filled in rebate forms ready for me on my selected parts. The service level over there was very good and I left impressed.
I ended up getting a 22 inch monitor and an OEM copy of Windows 8 from them as well. Total budget managed to stay just shy of $1,100. I could not be happier with the performance of the build. Overall the system is super fast and responsive. Windows 8 takes some getting used to but it isn't as bad as what I heard it was made out to be.
The case isn't much to sneeze at in terms of looks but I really wanted something minimal anyway with good cable management. The NZXT turned out to be a good choice. I originally had purchased the the Fractal Design R4 but it didn't fit my space. One of the benefits of Micro Center, just hopped in the car and made a quick return. The cabling could use a little work but I'm giving myself slack since this is my first build.