Hello PCPP! This is my first ever build! I completed this project around the end of March. I've wanted a higher-end PC since Christmas of 2012. A lot has changed since that holiday season. I was on Ebay , looking for gaming computers. I was about 12 at the time. There was this nifty seller offering prebuilt "college ready" PCs. I decided then and there that my budget was $600. I don't remember much about my original part selection, but I do remember that I had picked out the Cougar Spike case. I look back and cringe. I never did get that PC, because I never could convince my parents that it was a worthy investment. No hard feelings though. This build started out with a hard $800 budget, and while I wouldn't say I totally blew it out of the water, I did purchase peripherals, which totaled about $325 in their own right, which DID stress my wallet, let alone going nearly $300 over budget with the machine itself. Oh well, it's sick, and it's mine.
Regrets many months later: Should've spent the money I wasted on a color matching motherboard in a windowless case towards a better graphics card.