Background: When I was a young teenager my parents gave me a choice. Either buy me the parts for my first build, or a new bed. I chose the bed and have been sleeping in it since (I'm a grown *** man now). In hindsight, it was a fantastic decision, but it left a hole. Finally I've filled it. Oh, and the name should be obvious to most on here - I love Douglas Adams' books.
Mission: Work PC with the ability to be a console crusher and then some. Tight budget since it's under the work budget, and can't really get crazy components without people saying, uh, is that really needed for what we do? So I am holding off on the GPU (that will be personal expense add-on) and will get HDDs during BF/CB sales most likely.
Research: Going into this I knew very little about how to do this, what the difference between AMD and intel was, or what "PSU" stood for. Thanks to loads of help from r/buildapc and r/buildapcsales, I learned a ton - more than enough to successfully complete my first build in under 5 hours (from start to everything installed). I used my newly acquired knowledge to selectively pick parts from CL, and got realllly lucky with a CPU sale at Fry's (price matched against Staples- cha-ching!), nice discount on Windows, and RAM sale on new egg.
Parts prices include all shipping/taxes.
The two extra case fans I just ordered today, going to put in the top of the rig.
Final Thoughts: I think I'm most satisified with that CPU grab and the decision to get a really high quality mobo. I also am really benefiting (or just "need" it, can't tell) from the cooler because my office gets uncomfortably hot, even in the winter, and I don't want to risk the 4770k even if I don't OC it much or at all. I will eventually get a GPU (can't decide on the deals for the 290x vs 970 - daddy like dem low temps so prob 970), double the RAM (probably with BF/CB sales), and certainly will be getting big boy HDDs in RAID fashion because it's a work comp. So while I say it's complete, it's not 100%, but then again are they ever 100% done?
Oh yea, and I think I need some lights up in this biotch.
Overall, I'd say this was a fantastic experience, tons of fun, and now my friend who built it with me will probably do it too. And I can't wait to help/be involved in another one! Thanks pc part picker for the awesome site!