CPU: Very overkill for his needs, gaming, but he insisted on it otherwise I would of went with the i5 4690k. So far, extremely fast and we are going to overclock it soon.
CPU Cooler: Was only $80 at the time we bought it and had a 240mm radiator. Keeps the CPU cool and looks nice with the rest of the parts; will update temps soon.
Motherboard: Only $150 at the time of purchase and has all the features we needed. No problems here and the bios is very intuitive.
RAM: The cheapest 16 GB ram kit we could find and serves our build well.
SSD: A popular choice and is very fast at booting Windows 8 Standard (7.8 seconds). Going to be primarily used as a boot drive and maybe some games.
HDD: This is where most of the games are going to go. I always liked Western Digital's products since they never failed me.
GPU: Amazing performance and had nice looks with the reference cooler. We decided on one 980 vs SLI 970s since he could get a second 980 in the future.
Case: Kind of disappointed because the top cover had a hole on the back and snapped but it was still functional; most likely a shipping problem. This case is massive and has a lot of potential for cooling. The LEDs on the side were bright but soft enough so it doesn't hurt your eyes. The top of the case has a place to mount radiators and fitted our h100i perfectly. Cable management was a breeze thanks to the velcro straps.
PSU: Gold certified, Corsair, Fully Modular at $100 which was a great deal
Case fans: Just static pressure LED fans that we used for the radiator. Made the inside of the case really pop green.
Conclusion: This was very fun to build especially with my friends. We ordered pizza and just hanged out while waiting for the OS to install. Nothing really went wrong and booted up correctly on the first try.