I bought this for the intention of college work slash gaming as well.
CPU: Had a microcenter nearby so I got this for a pretty good price. Very well worth the price but have not been able to OC to see how well it can really go.
Mobo: Coupled with the CPU as a bundle, got it cheaper and came with good accessories. Color was an important factor when deciding on one.
CPU Cooler: Wanted a liquid cooled cooler for the aesthetics mainly and this one had the ability to change colors while others did not. Will probably do well with OC the CPU.
Memory: Blue memory that turned out to match perfectly
Storage: A fast SSD that is meant to store the OS and a separate HDD for everything else.
GPU: Wouldve gotten an R9 290x version but way too expensive comparatively, although this is much more than the Tri-x ones as well but I wanted a blue one and this was perfect.
Case: Initially started with the case as the center of it all, Blue and Black
PSU: Well reviewed PSU on various websites, came with a plethora of cables and accessories worth the money.
Fans: Wanted quieter alternatives as well as blue fans to match everything else