Approximate Purchase Date: This week (before Friday)
Budget Range: $1,800 (including all components, monitor, keyboard, etc)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, video, web surfing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Complete Build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 8.1
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg / MicroCenter (I'd like to by it all locally at MicroCenter)
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Parts Preferences: No major preference: EVGA, ASUS, MSI, Corsair, BitFenix (all manufacturers I've had good experience with in the past)
Overclocking: Light overclocking, yes
SLI or Crossfire: Not in the immediate future; the option to upgrade would not affect my decision at all
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I just recently built myself a new computer, now working on building my girlfriend one. She's prefer a smaller case (Mini-ITX) but a Mid-Tower would be okay. A side panel would be preferable. She wants the theme of the computer to be red and black, so sticking with those colors is pretty much a must.
Additionally, I'd like a case that's going to be easy to build in. A case where I can easily manage the cables and make everything look clean and sleek as possible.
But I mean the last-gen LGA1155 route is a pretty good choice, too. Keep in mind I always stick with my "client's" set price, so I had do slightly bring down the motherboard price. Nothing bad, really, and I should have given you that option in the first place.