I'm in the last stretch - 1 month to go! I've almost got all the money I need, so I'll be buying parts on sale when they pop up (except the CPU, for return policy reasons).
My build has changed a bit, I read some stuff about the PC MATE board and apparently it's not quite a full-sized ATX board. I also wanted a lower physical RAM height as well as a change away from the blue/black/white color scheme I'd originally been gunning for. Instead, it'll just be black/white, and I can pop LEDs in at a later date. I worked my ass off getting extra shifts at my job, so I have slightly more breathing room with pricing + prices are trending downwards, which is a big plus.
- Swapped the Z97 PC MATE board to Z97s SLI Krait, I'm preferential to the Krait's aesthetical appearance as well as the available ports.
- Swapped out the Corsair Vengeance RAM for Kingston Fury white, I hated the Vengeance's weird-ass fins + the Fury set is cheaper. I'll wind up re-buying this later on when I have some extra money for 16GB total.
- Swapped out the EVGA Nova 600 Bronze for EVGA SuperNova 650 Gold, as per Faulty's suggestion
Side note, I also put together a build list for a buddy who was wanting to build a PC. We set him up with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t2tp4D since he was all about that red and black look + wanted something that could OC and still operate silently (he's sharing a small dorm with someone up at his college), as well as go nVidia (happy higgs?). Since we've got some similarities we were both going to OC when I built my PC. He put his together last week and says it's absolutely amazing. Sadly he's not one for taking pics of his stuff.