I am upgrading from a custom gaming system I built back in 2011. It has lasted me this long while the only change from the original system was adding a second 560ti Twin Frozr II GFX card to run in SLI. It has done me right with no complaints at all through the years with all the games I've played but alas, the games now are getting too rich for the system to keep up with. I really started noticing it in Far Cry 4 so that's when I started to consider a new build.
After many days/weeks of deliberating on a price point and specs I was able to slowly purchase components as the deals would allow me to. The prices shown are what I could find on sale or promo'd at the time over the past several months; all components were purchased brand new. I used various online sites such as Newegg, Amazon, SuperBiiz and even eBay. Also, for B&M, I used MicroCenter since I had the luxury of having a location about 30 minutes from my house.
The system was finally assembled 5/31 but unfortunately, all that has been done is to load the OS (Win 8.1 Pro). Final setup of the OS, organizing cables/routing, and overall buttoning up the system is still to come.
UPDATE 6/2: I realized when, years ago, I ordered 2 new WD VelociRaptor HDDs to run in RAID for my 2011 build I was mistakenly sent 3 but only charged for 2. I installed the 2 drives and then just had the third sitting in a drawer and forgot about it until now! I have decided to install that third into this system now for even more storage and capability. I'll run my games off this drive now rather than the Black drive. 10,000 rpm versus 7,200 rpm - seems like an easy decision there.
I finished cable/wire routing to the best of my ability. I had to redo some but overall I'm pretty content with what I accomplished. The OS took awhile to download and install all the windows updates. Was quite a few of them! Next up is to get individual programs installed and to do some stress-testing and benchmarking I do believe.
Check out all the pics of the new rig! I will post more as I can as well. Thanks for reading!