My goals for this build was to build an entire PC including peripherals for under $1400. Coming from things like a HD 7770 and a crappy 10+ year old 20 inch 1680x1050 monitor, I thought it would have been cool to experience the newest and greatest stuff like a 1440p monitor, mechanical keyboard, etc. But with $1400 it may may been a challenge.
However thanks to reddit's "buildapcsales" I was able to manage, over a month of monitoring to take advantage of some decent price drops. All parts are brand new
Another main factor for this build was longevity. I tend to only upgrade a pc when something is broken or it doesn't work anymore, and this pc will most likely be my last desktop pc, with the $1400 I was prioritizing cramming as much performance as possible and compromising on the peripherals as anything would have been a upgrade to what I currently have. I also carried over my HDD and SSD from my old broken PC.
I'm very, very pleased with the outcome, especially the performance and really surprised with the gpu temps after running multiple tests in furmark.
I'm considering doing more in terms of aesthetics without overdoing it but not too sure what to do so any suggestions are more than welcome.
Mini Parts Review
Went with the 7700k over Ryzen as this PC will be only used for Flight Sim, which requires strong single core performance.
For the GPU, i was planning to go with a GTX 1070 Strix for $390 (When it was a those prices) but then this popped up on newegg for $430 so it was a kind of no brainer for me, as it sold out in an hour. I would have preferred one with led lights, but at this price I couldnt complain and am very happy with it.
For the monitor, upgrading from a 20'" i think this 24"is huge lol, though i know people prefer 27" for 1440p, i couldnt afford it in the budget. Nevertheless this is one of my favorite parts of the build as the monitor picture quality is so beautiful.
Keyboard/Mouse, a cheap but great mechanical backlit keyboard, and mouse.