This is my first build, a couple of months back I bought a Dell XPS 8700. While I was doing research on what to buy it was repeatedly suggested to me that I should build my own. I kept thinking about it and even though I bought the Dell I figured I'd take a crack at doing it myself.
I bought the Pandora case thinking I'd switch the Dell into it just for laughs. I couldn't make it work. The dell has some odd connections for the front panel connectors and I couldn't find a diagram for it.
So I started buying parts for the Pandora and this is what I ended up with.
My biggest pitfalls were with the SSD's. I bought a Crucial 500 MSata SSd and the motherboard wouldn't acknowledge it's existence. I then ordered a OCZ 960GB SSD that failed immediately. These little misadventures cost me weeks of time. I finally ended up with the lesser capacity Intel SSD, my budget was tied up in the failed SSD's but it's enough for my needs and I'm happy with the results.
I had two more red fans in there but I had to have a fan controller in there because the motherboard has only two fan connectors and there were just too many wires so I yanked them out. I'm still not happy with my wire management. If I make more of these I want to experiment on cutting some wires down and sleeving. Being a newb buying the pre-sleeved PSU was probably a good Idea.
Sorry for the life story, I could probably go on and on with the build process, it was pretty fun.