62 months ago
A sturdy, fast, complete build with TONS of room to grow. That is the theme of this build.
My son (almost 9 years old) and I saved the money in a little over 2 years. He didn't spend a dime at Toys R Us, never bought a candy bar at the gas station, etc... That awesome kid saved every penny he got. It's nearly unbelievable for a 6-8 year old to do. I really had no choice in the end. He knew what he wanted and I had to reward this behavior, no matter how many things I had to give up to save along with him.... Worth it.
Anyhoo... We wanted to buy the absolute best parts we could while keeping under $2k for everything (from OS to display), while still leaving clear upgrade potential for great performance increases from what is already at beast for $2k. A second 970 SLI, more SSDs to the RAID 0, better fans and CPU liquid cooling so we can start pushing OC, lights that go blinky blinky, etc... We wanted to spend our money on very high quality, but absolutely usable "shell" that will age well. Parts with long warranties that were ready for next gen games/tech. It turned out, that $2k gets you pretty much right around that 95% mark. Where another $2k would get you the rest of the way sort of thing (might be exaggerated, but you get the point).
Bang for buck, under 2k, last for years, everything included to kick booty right now.
I have several mechanical drives that I'll set up for nightly backups, but will otherwise run everything from the SSDs (RAID 0). We usually only have a few games installed at once, have never gone above 120 GBs, and will upgrade later if needed. The theme!
Thoughts? This is our first build... (yikes!) I am a professional Apple tech, so this is new to me and it has been more fun than I could have imagined.