Never thought I would actually get around to doing this but I'm extremely happy I did! I stumbled upon this website (PCPartPicker) approximately a year ago, and ever since then I have been contemplating building my own rig.
All of these parts were purchased on the weekend of Black Friday 2013. I had a few different builds in mind, but in the end I decided to let the case I would purchase dictate what kind of build I would have. (all prices are in CDN $, before taxes)
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy. I fell in love with this case at first sight, and when NCIX had this case on sale for $49.99, it was too good of a deal to pass up.
MOBO: H87N. This was on sale for $94.99 at Canada Computers, and theres a $30 MiR, so it came down to $64.99 before taxes. Since this is my first build, I wasn't too fussed about overclocking, or else I would have got the Z87n version instead.
CPU: i5 4570. Since I wasn't going to be overclocking I decided against the K series. Tried to find a better deal on a CPU but the only thing I could find for a great price was the i7 4770K, which is overkill for this build, so I decided against it.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4x2 1600. On sale at Canada Computers for $29.99 per 4GB stick, and was the cheapest I could find.
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB SSD. Ridiculous deal at NCIX (online), $139.99 was such a good price that I almost bought a second one. I'll probably add a 1TB 7200RPM in the future for more space.
Videocard: XFX R9 280X. I had long decided on the R9 280X. I purchased the XFX version because it was the cheapest and also had a free copy of BF4.
Power Supply: EVGA 600W 80+ Bronze. On sale for 59.99, plus theres a $20 MiR, so $39.99 before taxes.
UPDATE: Its been a year and a half since I built this, and I couldn't have asked for more. Everything is running smoothly and nothing has broken down. I finally got around to buying some case upgrades:
I replaced the original fans with 3 red led fans, 2x 120mm Bitfenix Spectre, and 1x230mm Spectre Pro. I also added the Bitfenix Prodigy Sidepanel Window to replace the original vented side panel. Unfortunately this has increased the CPU and GPU temperatures, but I have installed MSI Afterburner to help adjust the GPU fan speed when needed.