This build was built for gaming, autocad/creo, and general use.
Reasons for parts: The 280 was purchased since we got a pretty good deal on it, was originally thinking 260/270. So far, no overclocking will be done on the CPU or base clock on the motherboard. The unlocked processor and motherboard was chosen because together they were cheaper when buying at Microcenter together ($40 off). That particular Z97 was actually cheaper than the H97s and it has solid reviews so we gave it a go. Good deal on the RAM, WD Black is known for its performance, the case looks nice and has good reviews, the PSU is 80+ bronze, cheap, and known to be durable, optical drive was cheap, and we got a good deal on the monitor.
CPU: It works. It's fast. 5/5
Mobo: Will update later
RAM: It works. It's nice. 5/5
HDD: Pretty fast for an HDD, no complaints yet 5/5
GPU: Will update later
Case: Bought a refurbished case and "the pictures give it no justice", it's a great looking case, and basically everything is tool-less. Only annoying part is the rubber cable management folds that come out if you breathe on them. Other than that 5/5 so far.
PSU: It works, seem to be a clicking noise coming from the fan...
Optical Drive: It works, it was cheap, but it's loud. 4/5
Monitor: Color seems a bit off on factory settings but the menu gives good control over that with plenty of presets. Also, buttons are on the back of the monitor which I actually like, since you can't accidentally hit them when you're reaching under the monitor. So far, nothing bad. Looks great. 5/5