By no means is it my first gaming PC, but it is the first one I've ever built from scratch. I did encounter some issues installing the motherboard, as the I/O shield made it difficult to mount the mobo, and I made some innocent mistakes when it came to the CPU cooler standoffs, but overall it was a pretty easy build that performs well. Overkill for most people, but exceptionally useful for me as I tend to run multiple servers and virtual machines. I have yet to really push the CPU, and I think I have the best stable OC I can get out of the GPU for now.
And yes, I am well aware the LinusTechTips has their own "Compensator" build. I realized it after naming it, and I'm not changing it. I gave it this name because I'm compensating for the last computer where I wish I had never gone with AMD.
Updated 12/2/16: I have successfully overclocked the i7 6700k to 4.6GHz stable. Updated the Fire Strike link to reflect that.
Time Spy: http://www.3dmark.com/spy/780478
Probably the best consumer grade high performance CPU right now. Installation was a breeze, and performance is great.
A little tricky to work with in the beginning, it performs well enough, but doesn't play well with motherboard fan control. Software could be better.
Overpriced for some flashy bells and whistles, but I got it mostly for the (buggy but functional) integrated RGB headers. Upgrading the BIOS wiped my settings, which is annoying. Lots of control options though.
No issues, it's RAM, and it works great. Much cheaper than Corsair Dominator Platinum, which was my first choice.
Bad *** SSD. Overpriced, but great performance.
Eh, it's a 1080. I'm sure I could have done better for the money, but it's a stopgap measure for me until the 1080 Ti.
Best PSU available, period.