Im a rising junior in college and I mainly use my pc for programming and gaming (not necessarily in that order...unfortunately). I've been using my laptop to play games and after making a pretty decent wage this summer I decided to build my own PC that could play games on really high settings. I got a lot of advice from friends who have built computers as well as looked at a lot of completed builds on this website. I was shooting for around $1500 for my budget. That being said, I'm a sucker for aesthetics, so I realize I probably could have saved some money on some of the parts (the mobo for example) and still gotten the same performance. Since this is my first build, go ahead and critic it, I don't mind criticism. Cable management in the front is okay, probably could have done better, in the back...not so much.
CPU: Went with the i5 for gaming, since I didn't REALLY need the i7, I plan to overclock it soon. Yes, I know Haswell's don't overclock that well but I want to learn to overclock.
Cooler: Heard from a friend the H80i was really great, went with the H100i to have it fit more cleanly in the case, plus its not too much more price-wise.
MoBo: I mean...I like the "armor", plus it does what I need it to and I heard it helps make overclocking the CPU fairly easy.
Memory: Not much to say here. 8GB is enough.
SSD and HDD: Plenty of memory for me really. Got the SSD for OS and games I play most often. Everything else goes on the HDD.
GPU: I only play on one monitor but I still wanted a really well performing graphics card, 770 was plenty for me, didn't need the 780, plus its the overclocked version from EVGA...and its got gold on it.
Case: I probably could have saved a few bucks here but I've read build reports from some owners who wish they spent more on the case. A friend uses the 800D, I don't need that much space so I went with the 650D.
PSU: 750w is more than enough, got it in case I decide to add more parts.
Case fans are Cougar (3 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm). Like I said, I want it to look good.
No problems with the build whatsoever, definitely happy about this because I was terrified that I was gonna fry something. So far, I love it. I'll add temps soon, all prices are after rebate.
OC'd to 4.5 ghz at 1.2 volts. It posts and boots at 4.6 ghz at 1.2 volts but isn't quite stable