This is an official WWW.OPTIKSGAMING.COM sponsored build.
Decided to take a dive and build a decent computer for 2012/2013.
This is the first build I have done for myself. I have built computers for other people, but finally decided to build myself a rig.
Computer is used as a workstation/gaming computer.
Some of these prices are not accurate...
Phantom case was like 80 bucks on Black Friday through TigerDirect a few years ago. Also RAM was only like 170 bucks off of someone I knew, and it was still in the original packaging, never been used. Power supply was under 200 and GFX card had a $40 rebate.
I know the power supply is overkill, but why would I push a power supply within an inch of it's life, when I can have the comfort of knowing I have plenty of headroom, and will not have to buy another when I decide to upgrade? Plus, if I ever need something to jump-start my car... Just kidding.
For people asking: "Why did you get an i7 for gaming?"
Answer: Why not? The i7 at MicroCenter is the same price as the i5 online. Why not get the better of the two for roughly the same price?
I gave myself a $2,500 budget for this build, and I am completely happy with it. There will be upgrades to the GFX cards down the road, especially since I got blitzed... of course the GTX Titan would come out shortly after my build was complete. Oh well, there is always the next line of cards.