About a year and a half ago, I got back into PC gaming via my wife, when she lured me into Skyrim. We dropped 300 some hours on it, playing on a 2008 Macbook Pro running windows... because it had the 512 megs of video RAM to handle, well, about 15-20 fps on lowest settings. I started dreaming of better times, higher frame rates, HD textures... so for christmas she gave me a wad of cash and said "Go crazy." We're a frugal pair, and game on the couch at all times, so the requirements were: as close to $800 as possible, pretty well future-proofed, quiet, and should run most things at 1920x1080 on maxed out settings at playable fps.
I'm happy to say we did it. Taking advantage of some nice local and online deals, we put this together. It's worth noting that while neither of us are strangers to PC builds, having upgraded plenty in the past, this was our first from scratch. There were some harrowing moments (Yes, the CPU is supposed to make a sickening "crunch" when levered into place... No, that big air cooler isn't going to fit both fans... Yes, the computer is booting up properly, you were supposed to plug in two power cables to your video card... you get the idea), but we're now running heavily modded Skyrim at the target resolution with all setting maxed out at 60 fps, and it's everything I dreamed it would be.
Best wife ever? Best wife ever.