This was my first time building a PC from scratch. It was pretty fun to do and I didn't have any issues during the build. I started around December and finished in about mid-January. Most of the components were purchased on sale but towards the end I got impatient and just bought the rest at regular price.
I wasn't intending on having any kind of colour scheme from the start but it ended up coming together that way, especially after I bought the windowed case, as it was on sale while the non-windowed was still 130$.
I was going to get the i7-4770K from Microcenter for 200$ but they ended up being out of stock. All was not lost though, as I still got a great deal on the CPU/MOBO combo. The PSU, SSD and case were all purchased on sale at the Memory Express boxing day sale. I do kind of wish the PSU was fully modular, but there wouldn't be all that much benefit from that. Having my SSD as a boot disk and to run games off of is amazing, highly recommended to anyone building with a 800$+ budget. I use SteamTool to swap games from my 1TB mechanical drive and back and it's an incredibly easy solution to playing many games on a small SSD. The case, while not exactly being very original is still an awesome case to build in. The space for cable management is great and it's really quiet (the only audible noise is a very tolerable hum). I think the only downside is it isn't quite tall enough to mount fans in push/pull on my radiator without mounting a fan on the outside of the chassis. I don't think I would need to do that though, because this cooler keeps my CPU well away from getting too toasty. If I need to I'll get some better fans than the stock ones. As well as the cooler, the Windforce 770 and the memory were purchased at regular price due to my impatience. The memory I definitely could have spent a bit less on but I said **** it, I'll just get fast memory with sexy anodized plumage that matches my MOBO... The Windforce 770 was something I had had my eye on since the start of the build and when it came time to buy a card I hadn't changed my mind. I'm loving it so far, especially coming from a laptop with a 8600M in it. I made sure I definitely had enough power for a second one when only one starts to feel inadequate.
I took a chance on the Mouse and bought it without trying it before. I'm really liking it so far, and while changing mice can be a painful process, I'm already very used to this mouse. It may be mostly the rest of this machine but it feels like my K/D ratios and such have definitely improved in a large part due to it. The keyboard is ******* amazing to type on and it looks dead sexy too. I ordered a couple textured keys for the WASD buttons and I love it. I have no complaints about this monitor, the colour on it is great, and I probably would have bought it at this price whether it matched or not. But it did match, so that's a plus right?
Thanks to PCPartPicker and r/buildapc! I'm glad I had resources like these, they made this build that much easier.