My $2000+, 8 year old gaming PC was finally choking on current-gen games... The time to rebuild had finally come. Thus was born: Jotunheim.
Now a husband and father (who doesn't play as many games as he used to), this needed to be a bit more economical and practical than my last machine - plus it needed to be wife-approved and be able to sit in the living room. Now I said in the title that this was a "budget" PC only because it was REALLY hard for me not to just drop $1500.
My original goals were to build something the could last for a while and be less than $800. I met the former and failed on the latter (not by too much), but I call that a win. Overall, I got some awesome deals and a great rig. The prices reflected in my part list include shipping and tax.
Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Here's where I lost out on some budget. Originally I was going for a lesser i5, but at the last minute decide I wanted to be able to overclock. This added about $50. In the future when I do decide to overclock, I'll add and aftermarket cooler.
ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Not too fancy, but had the features I wanted (Easy overclocking, SLI, etc). I sort of started buying a bunch of blue parts as well, so when it came to the motherboard, I liked that this one matched!
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 16GB is overkill for games right now, but eventually it will most likely help. I also do a lot of multitasking with some memory hungry programs for work, so it's nice to have. Again, matches the blue theme!
OCZ ARC 100 240GB 2.5" SSD I was planning on going for a 128GB SSD, but then this 240GB one was on sale for only $20 more than I would have paid for the smaller capacity. Decent review and... blue!
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM This was about the cheapest 7200RPM 1TB HD I could get on a sale. I've had no problems with Seagate in the past.
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Here is the second place that I lost some ground on my $800 budget. I was ready to go for a GTX 960, but then realized just how much of an upgrade the GTX 970 is. I got what I consider to be an amazing deal on a refurbished unit at GPUShack (with 2 year warranty). Seriously, check that place out. When the GTX 970 comes down in price, I will grab a second one and rock some SLI.
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower This case has great airflow, a ton of space, decent cable management, and a timeless look. I really wanted a windowed case once I started collecting all blue parts, because, who doesn't want to show off some nice looking internals?
EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Power Supply Admittedly, I dropped the ball on this one a little. This power supply is great for now, but isn't going to be enough for my future upgrade plan. I pulled the trigger a little early which will cost me in the future, but it works for now.
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blue LED x2 This fans offer good cooling for the price and are surprisingly quiet. The blue LEDs look great with all my other blue parts and the windowed case.