Great build! I <3 you.
I built this with him. The ram was like $50 and the processor was $109,
Huh I got Corsair Vengance RAM, 8 GB in 2x4 like you did but it was 1600Mhz and I spent about $64. Did prices inflate even more or did you just get really overpriced RAM? I built mine early June.
Look back in the PCPP posts by Phillip, RAM costs have gone up DRASTICALLY. Prices have been fluctuating at around the $80-$90 range for an 8gb, 2x4, 1600 kit. Pretty ridiculous.
The kit that I get for my builds (aformentioned 2x4GB, 1600MHz) is $74 ATM.
aftermarket heat sink with a locked cpu? why?
lower temps = less stress on components = more longevity.
plus, i've had some stupidly noisy stock intel heatsinks.
Becuase it was $10 after a little rebate. Why not get an aftermarket fan for that price?