This build was completed going as shoe string of a budget; finding as many good deals, using as many interchangeable parts from an older re-purposed Dell Optiplex from work I got as a freebie, and from whatever source I could get them. While I knew I wanted to upgrade from a 2nd generation Intel chipset, I did not have the budget resources at the time to jump straight into Skylake. So, I opted for 4th Gen and with a Z97 board and good case that can grow with me over a couple of years, allowing for smaller & modest upgrading (possible SLI) over time. I am pretty happy overall with this build, though I will definitely be changing to a devils cayon K cpu (most likely the 4690k) and better gpu(s) and OC'ed ram... down the road.
Update #2 So i've since gotten a great deal for a better stronger PSU at 750w. And I've made some local trade deals for two slightly used ASUS Strix GTX 970s that i'll be putting into SLI. Still have the need for a devils canyon CPU, and looking at 1440p monitors down the road.
new pics to come soon
CPU - $143 - local guy off of craigslist
Mobo - $77 - slightly used off of eBay
Case - $45 - local kid off of Craigslist (I'm pretty sure he was attempting a new build and got frustrated with it and gave up... my win!)
Hyper 212 - $15 - part of case deal
Ram - Crucial Ballistix Sport (16GB set) - $59 on Amazon sale **Local trade with another tech buddy I know for the second 16GB set identical to mine - $0.00! =D and he took the Samsung memory I was originally using in this, for a project he wanted them in, so win all around.
SSD - $86 - price matched at BestBuy against Amazon at the time. ** Second SSD came off a work PC project that was never installed. - $0.00 =D
WD Black - pulled from the work PC (Cost me $65 last year from Fry's Electronics, re-purposed for this build as less than 6mo old)
PSU - $89 - Enermax Revolution XT, rebate sale from Fry's Electronics.
GPU x2 - One is less than two months used, the other less than six months used. $202 w/shipping and $145 respectively.
OS - $115 - Win 10 Pro (on sale from Fry's Elec.)
Case fan - $13 - Corsair 140mm fan to the front to push more airflow.