My first PC build in over a decade was forced when my son got tired of me using his machine with my driving setup. I wanted to build something decent, but under £1K that would do a few years and allow another GFX card for SLI.
Having not built a machine in so long it's nice to see how things have progressed. Everything is so simple these days (the hardest thing was working out the CPU fan mounting bracket). The modular PSU is really nice and passing wiring along the back keeps everything neat and tidy.
The case isn't bad at the price I suppose, although it's pretty light weight and arrived with the internal PSU brace bent down. There are no grommets in the cable apertures either which seems a little mean. My nod to 'fashion' was limited to buying the version with the window, although the Lad thought I needed something more flashy and LED laden. But hey, I'm an old git looking for something fairly anonymous and it's fine.
I went for the i7 as it's already in the recommended spec for Project Cars, although from what I read most current games won't see any benefit between it and the i5. But for the sake of £75 I didn't want to be buying another CPU in a couple of years.
I considered the Samsung M.2 SSD (dayum that's fast) but decided to go for a cheaper life with the 840. I debated leaving out the optical drive but at £12 and with all that room in the case there was no reason not to add it.
The machine runs much quieter than my sons 2 year old system and Assetto Corsa and Project Cars run great with everything turned up to 11 on the 970. I had intended to go for a triple screen setup but have decided to hold off for the Oculus Rift CV1 instead after watching many sim racers review the DK2.
Thanks PC Part Picker for making the spec'ing part easy and fun.