After two months of researching and waiting for sales, I finally built this work/gaming computer! Special thanks to the people over at the /buildapc reddit for all of their input and advice on part choices.
CPU: Primarily chose the i5-4670k due to the sale Newegg was having on a mobo combo. I was originally going with an i5-4570, but this sale came at an opportune time and was only $10 more. I also feel it gives me longevity if/when I decide to overclock to keep up with more modern tech/games over the next few years.
CPU Cooler: Pretty cookie cutter and standard, has worked great so far. (Amazon)
MOBO: Not only did this come at a good price in combo with the CPU, but it had also gotten pretty good reviews anywhere I looked. (Newegg)
Memory: Again, pretty cookie cutter...got it at a pretty good price with rebate. (Newegg)
Storage: Cookie cutter, it was between this and the Seagate Barracuda...I went with the cheaper drive. (Amazon)
Video card: I was torn for a while on my decision for a GPU. I originally was going with a 7870, but the 7950's dropped so dramatically that I was able to afford one in my price range. Fortunately, I was able to get good feedback from reddit and I picked up a card with a good cooling solution. I've been happy with it thus far (able to run both Crysis 2 and Witcher 2 extremely well.) (Newegg)
Wireless Adapter: Got it on sale at Newegg, it's dual band and works like a champ.
Case: I was originally going to go with an NZXT 410 Elite, but Corsair was clearing out some of their refurbished cases. I was able to get the 400R at a great price + free shipping. The case is great, only has one minor surface nick. (Corsair)
PSU: This was a highly recommended PSU for the sub $800 - $1000 builds. I was fortunate to get this on sale. I'm happy with it thus far. If I ever decide to crossfire, this would have to go (no plans to as of now.) (Newegg)
Drive: Cookie cutter...no real reason behind choosing this over any others. (Newegg)
OS: The first few hours I used Windows 8, I didn't like it. But after I got the hang of it, it's IMO better than Windows 7. (Newegg)
Monitor: I didn't want to go too overkill on the monitor, but I wanted a solid IPS monitor and this was on sale over at Best Buy (actual monitor is a i2269Fw.)
Keyboard/Mouse: Highly recommended and on sale...also fairly cookie cutter.
After a week with this computer, I'm very satisfied with the part choices. The computer runs cool under load and is quieter than I expected. I'm hoping this computer lasts me a good 4-5 years before I have to upgrade too many of the main components.
Future additions to this computer include a SSD and a second monitor (I like using dual monitors for work.) I also plan on adding some additional fans to further help heat management when I decide to start overclocking.
Thanks for looking!!
Edit: Thanks for all the feedback guys!!
Edit 9-12-13: Added Xigmatek fans for extra cooling.
Edit 9-29-13: Moderately overclocked CPU from 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz...passed stability test.
Edit 10-24-13: Minor overclock on GPU to 1000/1300 MHz....passed stability test.
Edit 2-14-13: Overclocked GPU to 1050/1350 MHz...passed stability test. Also purchased a new keyboard.
Edit 4-13-14: Added SSD and overclocked GPU to 1150/1450 MHz.
Edit 5-30-14: Overclocked CPU to 4.1 GHz...passed stability test.
Edit 7-1-14: Overclocked GPU to 1150/1500 MHz.
- Reasoning on the SSD: Bought it during a sale on Amazon. I would have preferred a Samsung EVO...but can't argue over a $40 SSD.