I'm overall new to the building scene however, I've been a PC gamer since... well... 56k and ball mice.
I thought I'd show off my first build that I researched, and put together myself. I wanted something that would be somewhat future-proof yet not break the bank (throw all that out the window, I'm addicted... I would build 6 more right now for no reason if I could). The specs of my build are as follows:
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz w/ 4.1GHz Turbo OC'd at 4.5GHz stable EVGA GTX 560Ti 32GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Red 725w Coolermaster Extreme 2 PSU Corsair H100 CPU Cooling NZXT Switch 810 FULL (Special Matte Black Edition)
I have almost all fan slots occupied with the NZXT Enthusiast white fans (love these, they are super quiet, provide great air flow and I got them on sale half price at $9.99. They are the stock fans that come with the case as well) with exception to the fans I replaced on the Corsair radiator which were loud as hell!! Those were replaced with 2 BitFenix Spectre PRO White LED fans.
Here are some pics (sorry about the quality, iphone cam):
Let me know what you think! Some of the changes that I would have done to the build in retrospection would be:
1) Spend a bit more on the video card (I will be replacing the current with 2 x ASUS GTX 660Ti's. Hopefully more TOP editions will be available through NewEgg or my local supplier by the time I'm ready to order but looks like I'm stuck with just the OC version ATM.)
EDIT: With the recent MSRP leak of ATI's new 8870 I believe I will play my cards based off this and hold off until either its release or it's Nvidia competition (which I'm hoping will see a price drop as well).
2) Cut it down to only 16GB of RAM but spend the same price roughly for a newer or better product (don't get me wrong, I love the vengeance but yes, 32GB is overkill!!).
3) Went with a fully modular power supply with approximately 1000-1100w.
Other then that I'm very happy with this build which rang in at just under $1500 CDN with taxes and all.