This started because my apartment flooded and ruined my Lenovo desktop that was 5 years old. I never owned a nice gaming computer and I started pricing some on IBUYPOWER and Bestbuy. My wife and I agreed upon a budget so I wanted the most I could get out of that budget and decided to build one myself. I researched parts for a few weeks before I purchased any of my items.
I took me about 6 hours to put it all together, load the os and update the drivers. I was being overly cautious on everything. I originally bought a Raidmax power supply, but it turned out to be junk. I exchanged it for the one I have listed below. The cooling system and wire management were the two most time consuming parts of the project. On the cooling system I had a difficult time lining up the screws. The wire management I kept finding better ways to wire my components. This being my first build it was easier than I thought it would be and my brother is asking me to build him one already.
I haven't tested the system out fully yet so I can't give a adequate recommendation on any of the parts but I've been happy with it so far.
Let me know what you think.