I built this PC for my brother as a housewarming/wedding gift. My budget was $1,400 USD. Took about 3-4 months of part watching to complete the part list. We were able to catch some items really cheap and got screwed on others due to poor timing. Oh well, lessons learned.
Overall, I'm pleased with the quality of the build for the price, and he's really excited to have his first PC and enjoyed picking out parts. I locked the prices for what I paid so if you want to build something similar the price will fluctuate. [Build price does not include taxes or shipping]
The build went smooth and we didn't run into any issues. It started up on first boot because we followed all of Gaben's Commandments of Assembly. He enjoyed learning about each component and how it would contribute to the system's overall performance. This will be a well loved machine that will hopefully help heat the only corner of his house that gets none lol.
The only con to this entire build is the mobo. It has white LEDs above each active DIMM slot. They are incredibly bright and cannot be disabled through software. The only solution is to apply small dots of tape over them. This seems like a HUGE oversight by MSI. For a company that prides itself on the aesthetic their components provide, this seems like big design failure.