* Mail-In Rebates:
(sorry about most of the photos, used my old manual lens for them as I didn't want to drag my others out of the closet)
I got a Fallout edition GTX 970 for Christmas but quickly found that my processor, an i3-2100 was severely bottlenecking performance. I'd still get at best 4-15 FPS (even on low settings) in Fallout 4, so I decided it was finally time for an upgrade.
I wanted to upgrade as little as possible but I eventually ended up needing to replace the entire motherboard and basically everything else, so everything except the GPU was bought for the new PC. Being held back for so long, trying to edit videos and photos with my old 5200 RPM HDD and the i3, I did not skimp out on a new CPU or HDD. I didn't consider anything besides the i7-6700k due to the sizes of the files I end up editing. The WD Black is excellent, and my OS & all my games are on the SSD (given to me as a gift so it added nothing to my cost) so everything is blazing fast! It's like day and night comparing my old PC to this one.
I chose everything here & at Microcenter based on price; the part list originally totaled $650ish for everything, I think I eventually spent just under $790 (the HDD was the last addition) including mail-in rebates and sale prices.
When I first upgraded to Win10, it took me about 5-7 minutes each time I rebooted to start up and get logged in. Now, it takes me about 3 seconds. It's like magic bruh.. and I can finally play Fallout 4 on ultra settings with 60 FPS! It's unbelievable how much easier it is to play when I can actually see what's going on :')
Actually the hardest part about building this, besides it being my first build (and cable management, which after hours I still gave up and left a nest of wires) was picking a case. There are NO good blue cases that would also fit an optical drive & another large bay item (I have an SD card reader not included on the list) that would either ship to me in a timely manner or at all. This week I saw a really cool blue one that was almost exactly what I needed but it was only available in the UK.
That said, I love the Zalman ZM-Z9 Neo. It's super sleek, hides most of my cable mess, has a window and came with 5 built-in case fans, two of which had blue LEDs! The only way any case would be any better for me is if it was a ZM-Z9 Neo.... painted in a nice blue. ';~) I wish I could take better photos of it but I don't have the time/decent lighting!
Anyway, it was really a lot of fun putting together a parts list and building the PC and seeing all of it come together, and of course being able to use it and not have to wait 5 minutes for a game to load or an hour for a video to process. The Das Keyboard 4 is listed here but I'm on the fence about and haven't purchased yet. The mouse was just an extra mouse my brother had lying around last year that he gave me when mine died.