This PC will be used almost exclusively for gaming and maybe light office work. I do not do anything too CPU intensive at home. It will be replacing my 6+ year old machine consisting of a i5-3570K and GTX 560 in an NZXT Phantom 410 that I built the summer before college. My current machine actually runs quite well and hasn't fully shown its age, however I felt it was time for a brand new, kickass machine with all the RGB's. I am not going to retire my current build, but rather convert to something like a Plex server, with a few polished upgrades (new case, more storage space, power supply, etc.).
The parts list has been changing and evolving over the last two years as new parts and new deals became available. I decided to buy parts over time which seemed to work in my favor in terms of pricing (with the exception of RAM). I did not include a price on the SSD's as I got them for free from my IT job. The only issue I really had with parts was receiving the NZXT Kraken x62 from Amazon on same day delivery. It arrived in a matter of hours which was nice, however the box and pump were completely smashed. With a few clicks, Amazon amazingly had a replacement to my house in 2 days.
Inevitably, I ended up building the exact same S340 Elite build as everyone else here (not that that's a bad thing, they look amazing!). I made the cable extensions myself with materials from Mainframe Customs, which was a grueling but rewarding experience, and I am overall quite pleased with the final result.
Next steps will be overclocking (already have +60MHz on GPU and modest 4.2GHz on CPU) and general testing and playing.
(Sorry for the absolutely awful picture quality!)
Thanks and enjoy!