Edit: 9/18/14 - Added NZXT Hue and Corsair Raptor M45, also thinking about getting custom sleeved cables.
Wow. This has been quite the journey for me. Around three years ago I learned about the world of PC building and I felt so overwhelmed. I was 14 at the time. I remember talking to a friend who had built computers and he just told me to check out this site. Immediately I put together a $1500 build thinking I needed super top of the line everything in order to run any game. I then researched, a lot. Then I waited until just this summer to make a finalized build, save up my money from working and order the parts.
CPU: I figured this CPU gives the best price to performance ratio. It's currently OC to 4.3GHz but I haven't had enough time to do a real stress test yet. However on the base clock of 3.5GHz everything was running great as well. Overall a super nice CPU for the price. AMD FTW.
CPU Cooler: Couldn't fit the Hyper 212 EVO in my case so I just ordered the next best thing. Works great, keep the CPU cold.
Motherboard:This motherboard is great. I'm really enjoying how easy the bios is to work with and it's overclocking capablities. (though I haven't gone over 4.3GHz yet.) I originally wanted to go with a red theme, but when I came across this motherboard I liked all the options it had and ended up going with it. Since I haven't gotten an NZXT Hue yet you can't really see in my case that well anyway at this point.
Memory: I don't really have a specific reason for this besides it was red, I had also have heard good things about G.Skill and thought I would try it out. No issues so far and everything seems to be working out great.
Storage: SSD - I only wanted an SSD to install windows and a few other programs. This one was at a nice price and works great, not much else to say about it.
HDD: Western Digital, Caviar Blue, 1TB, nothing else to say.
Graphics Card: Ah, possibly my favorite part of this build. I spent the better part of a month undecided as to what graphics card to get. I went from 270x to 280x then onto the gtx 760 and finally landed here. It's crushing games all on ultra settings besides DayZ because of poor optimization. It looks awesome and came with a backplate which is pretty cool. Anyone who says "oh but you're gonna bottleneck with that cpu" wrong. I haven't been bottlenecking at all. It's also mega silent with the ACX cooling. I highly recommend this card.
Case: I would've gone with a different case if I could have, only because I wanted my build to have super neat cable management. This case is great and I am in no way saying don't order it but the cable management options are rather slim. It was a cheaper case and for what I paid it is great. Looks nice, side window is nice.
PSU: Wanted modular power supply and I have always supported corsair and read very good reviews on this one. I may invest in some sleeved cables for power cable and some 6pin and 8pin connectors for GPU and such.
Optical Drive: Installed some drivers, then took it out. My motherboard only came with two SATA cables anyway so there was no need to keep it plugged in as of now.
Network Adapter: Does what it's supposed to and fast. No problems with it as of now.
Case Fans: wanted some nice LED fans in there, case came with one so I ordered two more.