It was my first time ever building a computer all by myself, some parts of it were frustrating but all the hard work was worth it once I finished! Learned about MIR during the build, did it for five of my purchases and probably wouldn't do it agian! I don't think anyone actually likes it :p
I got all the parts for about $775, $850 before MIR. I know my video card is probably not an ideal choice, but it was the cheapest one at the time and so far it's working well. I originally got the Thermaltake V3 for $19.99 after MIR and I'm pretty glad I switched to NZXT Phantom 410 Gunmetal (couldn't find it in the list :p ) since the cable management was not too hard in Phantom.
I got the monitor for $139.99, $159.99 before MIR and the mouse for free after MIR. Both of them are working fine, I'll probably get a new mouse when I need to, not sure what to pick though. I ordered a SteelSeries 6Gv2 already but it’s being back ordered now. I can probably still switch now :) if anyone has a better recommendation?
Buying parts was hard in the beginning as I have zero knowledge about computer parts, but after a while it was actually pretty fun and it made me happy I actually chose to do it by myself instead of getting a built one from the store, since the specific models from different brands with the same specs actually differs a lot both in performance and price.
I was pretty excited at first putting all the parts together since I haven't done this in a while. But it became really frustrating because the first time I tried to boot it from outside the case with only the motherboard, memory, CPU and video card installed, I plugged in the HDMI cable to the wrong ends and didn't get anything on the monitor! I also didn't get any sound from it since I only learned about this a day before starting my build and didn't get a beeper. Luckily I accidentally plugged the cable in the right ends after I tried the DVI cables. <--- Super noob -.- All the rests were good except a little difficulties plugging the cables from the case to the motherboard.
It was definitely a good experience and special thanks to all the help I received from redflagdeals.com :)
P.S. Routed the 8 pin powercable from the top (suggested by IamApropos) and changed the memory to dual channel (suggested by Hydro), pictures after the hammer. :)