The goal of this build was to avoid paying full price for any component. This was accomplished by stalking the subreddits BuildAPCSales and HardWareSwap, and also looking on craigslist for second hand parts, but I still wanted to make a slightly higher end build.
All the prices listed off to the side are what I actually paid for each part and what I hope to demonstrate is that with a little patience you can save money and have the build of your dreams.
CPU - The CPU, Motherboard, and first 8GB of memory came as a package deal for a total price of $379.00 which is why the mobo and first stick of memory are listed at $0.00 and the CPU appears to been purchased for more than retail but really was not. I was also interested in overclocking which why I didn't mind getting the i7-6700k. So far I've only done a mild overclock of 4.4ghz but plan to go a bit higher in the near future.
CPU COOLER - Got with a mega deal I was lucky to snag on newegg that someone on BuildaPCSales posted. I ended up mounting my cooler on the front of my case because I didn't want to remove the sound dampening panels on the top of the case. People had said the stock fans that come with this cooler are load but I honestly can't hear thanks to how quiet this case is. I also added a pair Be Quiet! 140mm as pull fans on the back of the cooler.
MEMORY - The second stick of memory I purchased on sale from Newegg at its lowest recorded price.
STORAGE - I got both my SSD and HDD on sale from an EBAY retailer. If you are familiar with the R5 you'll notice looking in my pictures that I took out all of my cases HD trays so I could mount my cooler on the front of the case. I ended up mounting my HDD in one of the 5.25 bays by getting a 3.5 to 5.25 bay adapter. The SSD is mounting behind the mobo, out of sight, out of mind.
CASE - I was a little undecided on which case I wanted but I knew that I wanted a sleek simple design and the Fractal Design R5 really stood out especially when I learned about its sound dampening qualities. After just a couple days of searching for deals I found someone selling the R5 in the black windowed variant on craigslist for far below retail so I snatched it right up. It came with the original box and all the hardware so I was sold for sure. The case looks brand new and I couldn't be happier...and so began the story of my craigslist hero, more on him later.
POWER SUPPLY - I knew going into my build I wanted a PSU with atleast a gold rating or higher and this 650W 80+ Gold PSU happened to be on sale at the time of my build, and I also figured since the case was meant to be silent why not get a silent PSU as well.
CASE FANS - The same craigslists guy from the case also tossed in the two Be Quiet! Pure Wings case fans for free! You can't beat free and they work great for my push pull setup as the pull fans on my cooler.
KEYBOARD + MOUSE - Again my craigslist hero to the rescue. He upgraded, so I did as well so to speak haha. I had never owned a mechanical keyboard or an optical mouse before and I love them both so much I can't believe it
MONITOR - Got my XB270HU from the Acer Recert store. Looks greats and works perfect, all at half the price, whats not to love? I had never owned a 1440p, 144hz or gsync monitor before and now I have all three!
GPU - Right as I decided I wanted to build my very first PC the new GPUs from both companies had been announced and so I had to decide, did I want to get a last gen GPU and stick with the theme of getting everything below retail or go big with the newest? Lucky for me, my craigslist hero from the case.case fans, keyboard, and mouse had a brand new unopened MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X for $450, which is actually $10 below Newegg before taxes and shipping! WIN. He had actually ordered the card and right as it arrived the FTW 1080 was releasesd so he decided to upgrade immediately and by this point i had dealt with him before so he hooked me up. Best dude every.
My total purchases came to $1577.95 for absolutely everything. If I were to have purchased everything brand new with no sales the total would have been $2327.46 before taxes and shipping
FULL PRICE PARTS LIST FOR PRICE COMPARISON https://pcpartpicker.com/user/welikeme23%40yahoo.com/saved/#view=DkQj4D
$750+ in savings just by spending a few weeks rounding up parts and not being too fixed on a certain part.
I absolutely couldn't be happier with how everything turned out and It feels great to truly be part of the PC community now.