This is the first PC I've put together myself. I went around the internet looking at what brands people consider the best (or close to it) for each specific hardware with a budget of around $1200 (including the monitor, mouse and keyboard, and Windows). I chose Intel i5 3570k for the CPU, Nvidia EVGA GTX 760 SC for the video card, Asus P8Z77-V LK for the motherboard and 22'' 1080p monitor, Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB for the RAM and CX600 power supply, Cooler Master HAF 912 for the case, 4 120mm fans and the Hyper Evo 212 CPU cooler, and 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital for the HDD. I'm not sold yet on SSD. Too much money for too little of space. In the next few years, I'll probably pick up a SSD if they are priced better. Didn't really care that much about the CD drive, just chose the cheapest one. I overclocked my CPU to a stable 4.4ghz with about 1.15v. After I installed my Hyper Evo 212 with a push-pull configuration, and 4 extra case fans (which I got as a 4 value pack for around 11 dollars), I dropped my CPU temperature under load by over 25°C. I think I did an ok job on the cable management. I'm not a very tidy person myself, but I wanted to increase the airflow as much as possible. I was thinking about doing an SLI 760 after I had already bought one 760 and the power supply, but after doing some research, I'd just barely have enough wattage on my power supply to support SLI 760s (which would have been better than a Titan), but I didn't feel like taking that chance on burning anything out. In my next build, I'll take looks into consideration. I'll probably make it a black/green theme with LEDs and a nice case. This build was mainly to get into knowing how to build PCs first. I also bought everything from Amazon because I had the student version of Prime, so I got discounts and free 2 day shipping. Tell me how I did!