However, the last part I put in was the motherboard. I got that 9/24/2015
I work WEEKENDS... I work with computers and build computers for my family. It's what I'm good at and I feel like it's one of the few ways I can provide for them. Especially my parents. My son is only a couple months old but he'll be just as geeky as me.
4 years of craigslist and Fry's electronics promo code sales. I was able to get some of my parts with just craigslist and I got others when they went on sale. Some parts have $0 to it and I'll explain that in the parts list.
Also, I decided to paint my CPU Cooler and RAM because why not. I wanted it to be unique and my own. I'm sure there are many builds similar to mine. I guess my components have a history. I was worried that the paint would isolate the heat from dissipating but after I put the paint I ran it for a bit and used a laser thermometer to check. The heatsinks don't go over 40c while using a stress test on the ram. Also, my open hardware monitor showed it peak at about 45. Then again I just put it on so I'm gonna monitor it for a few days and see how it plays out.
CPU: i7-4770k Craigslist. I was able to get the 4770k and an asus motherboard for only $200. I was a little skeptical at first but when I got a text back from him after about 3 hours of purchase, he asked me if i was having any issues with it. Then told me to keep him updated so if I run into any problems to ask him.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 Craigslist. I honestly cannot recall when I got it but I do know it was for my previous build I sold. I wanted to OC my 8350 but I had the 212 Evo on it and never got around to replacing the cooler and OCing. I bought it for $50 and a meal from Micky-D's
MOTHERBOARD MSI Z97s Craigslist. My most recent purchase. I found it on CL and he was asking for 60. Was able to bring it down to 50.
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB Craigslist trade. A while ago I traded my Alienware Laptop for a midtower AMD FX-8350 build. The RAM was one of the parts I kept after selling the computer.
Storage 840 EVO Sale. I get promo codes to Frys Electronics and I got this for about $60+Tax.
WD GREEN 2TB Sale. The very first thing I owned in this build. This HDD was originally an external drive that I got at Fry's Electronics. However, with the limited space on the SSD I needed an extra drive where I can put bigger files that wasn't at the speed of USB 2. So my former roommate opened it up and I put it in my computer.
WD BLACK Sale. also from Fry's Electronics. I couldn't pass this offer. $40+Tax
VIDEO CARD EVGA GTX 680 Craigslist. Got it for 120 because the guy just upgraded to 970 3 way SLI.
CASE CM STORM SCOUT 2 ADVANCED Craigslist. The guy decided to go full tower and get rid of this one. He was asking 60. I brought it down to 40. The case is how i came up with the name.
PSU CORSAIR TX750 Craigslist. This is one of those parts that I kept from the FX-8350 build. It still works great. I dont really see a need to upgrade other than to get a modular.. However, I got really good at cable management that I dont really need to upgrade just for less cables.
FANS SP120 Sale. They went on sale for $20 for 2-pack. I said why not and bought 4 fans total. Then moved the h75 fans to the front of the chassis as intake.
KEYBOARD Razer Anansi My Dad found this at a goodwill for $6. I'm still saving up for a mechanical though.
If you guys have any questions just ask.