Gaming (GW2, Witcher 3, fps's etc) and school/office work. Nothing crazy. First build, definitely won't be my last I'm so glad I decided to do this myself, I had a-lot of fun actually!
EDIT 5/28 CPU - No brainer, reviews are outstanding. Overclocked to 4.5ghz at 1.29v. Higher voltage than I want but it passed an 8hr stress test, max temp 66-67c on all cores. Maybe I'll try for 4.7 =P
Cooler - Originally was going to go for the Corsair H100i seeing as that seems to be the "gold standard" for cpu coolers at the moment. Read some reviews in the forums though about it having inferior cooling than other comparable coolers so I decided to go with the LEPA. Reviews are superb - haven't seen one negative review about it other than the tubes being a little too stiff (which I don't think they are, seemed fine to me). 66c core temp at 1.29v, thats good right?
MOBO - Affordable z97 platform from a very reputable brand. I liked that it has 3 PWM fan headers + the CPU/CPU OPT headers so I can control all my fans easily. BIOS is good, not the best but still good. Happy with it.
Memory - 8GB 1866MHz, figured that'd get me by for now. I'll throw in another 8GB down the line.
SSD - Can't go wrong with Samsung, the SSD is great haven't tested the speed yet but works flawlessly. 6 second bootup and I actually got it for $177 but I don't know if I can change the prices here to what I actually got it at.
GPU- went with a 970 because its amazingly affordable for the level of performance you get from it. Went with a gigabyte card for the 3rd fan and added cooling. The windforce logo looks sick. Steady 60 fps in Witcher 3 with ultra/high settings and hair works off. 3DMark score on Firestrike is 9331, better than 82% so I'll take it :P
Case - Originally wanted to go for an ITX build with the Phantek Enthoo Evolv ITX case but decided to go mATX and chose the corsair air 240. Great quality, love the dual chamber design makes for super easy cable management. I think it's just a beautiful case all around.
PSU - Wanted something 80+ bronze and cheap. Will eventually upgrade to something bigger and fully modular.
Fans - the 80mm arctic fans were highly reviewed so I got those for the rear. For the LEPA 120mm's, those two were highly reviewed but far less common than say the corsair AF/SP fans so seeing as I got a LEPA cooler, why not get LEPA fans too right? They are great fans, really powerful but not overly loud at all.
Monitor - Not too big, cheap, reputable brand. 1ms response and 60hz, don't really need anything more personally.
Keyboard/mouse - Cheap, good reviews, blue backlights. Keyboard feels awesome but the mouse I'll have to change. It's kind of square and wide for my hand...want something a little smaller.
Future plans - Two more 4GB sticks of RAM, two more 120mm fans for intake on the bottom, better PSU maybe.