Hello! Thanks for checking out my second build.
Over this Black Friday, I decided to upgrade from my previous build (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/kdQ7YJ). Ended up selling off my old FX-6300 build for over $500 on Ebay so this upgrade only cost me about $230 after accounting for shipping and Ebay fees. I'm very happy with how this build performs.
All the prices below were out of pocket costs with rebates, credit card cash back, selling off free items subtracted from the list price (still waiting on one of the rebates). Not quite as good of a bargain as last time around but still pretty decent. Was planning on a blue theme for the build (mobo, RAM, CPU, and case all have blue) but did not realize that the PSU cables were red.
The Vapor-X R9 290 is enough to support 3 monitor gaming for most of the games I play at max or near max settings. It also runs much cooler and quieter than my old GPU even though it is factory OC'ed (performs close to a reference 290x or even a little better on certain titles). The core i5-4690k with the Cooler Master cooler is also much quieter than the FX6300 with a stock cooler. Needless to say, the i5 is significantly more powerful than the FX6300 I had previously.
I also sold my oldest monitor (was 6+ years old) for 60 and then bought a new Dell 24" for $81. I finally threw in a $35 Bluray writer for good measure. I am overall very happy with performance, appearance, and noise and feel that it was totally worth the $230 upgrade.