NOTE: PC Part Picker does not have a listing for the case I actually have, Corsair SPEC-01, so I listed it as the SPEC-02 since they are so similar.
I decided to build this machine to replace a Lenovo Y510p laptop I purchased out of college. It came with dual video cards and served my gaming needs suitably. However, after changing occupations, I noticed that I didn't need to be mobile anymore. This led me to sell it and use the profits to purchase these parts.
With over $50 in mail-in rebates, I'm pretty satisfied with my selections on this build.
I have an old HP 20" LCD monitor that I am using for the next two months until I can purchase the Asus monitor.
Will update when all parts are installed.
Turns out the second Samsung 850 Pro was DOA as well. Also, I got a faulty mobo from Fry's Electronics, so I returned it and got an Asus Z97-AR to replace it. Removing the parts accordingly. I still have not purchased the new monitor, so I will remove that part as well.
I wasn't happy with the rear case fan that came with the SPEC-01 case, so I have replaced it with an additional Corsair AF-120 LED fan. Updating accordingly.
I love this build. It runs literally everything I throw at it at 90-100 FPS right now, and because of the fan controller, most times the fans are dead silent at 50%.
Parts I plan to purchase in the next month or two: BenQ XL2411Z Samsung 850 EVO