This build was for my nest internet friend. Him and I always play games together and he up until now has been gaming on a 5 year old laptop. He has been thinking about making a computer for a very long time and finally scraped up the money for one. His budget was $1000 with keyboard mouse monitor etc, so i set the tower budget at $750.
One of my friends favorite games is mass effect. When he saw the old Razer mass effect these mech keyboard and mouse pad combo he flipped and was in love with hem. Unfortunately Razer does not sell them anymore. To remedy this situation i decided to do a little case mod for him. Used spray paint and some painters tape to make a good mass effect stripe. Also used a roughly made brush to give the scratched up look that is associated with the Normandy.
On to the parts choices. I am a computer parts bargain hunter quite frankly its an obsession. I wanted my friend to have the best rig possible for the price so i set out a couple months before i knew he would have the cash to look for good deals on parts. This is why every price has a manual override, but i will explain each sale for each part.
CPU, Mobo, PSU, RAM: These four parts i got as a bundle from a user on this site in the for sale and trade section. The totals price for the bundle was $350, but i spread out the cost over the four parts in the list. The i5-4690k is the go to processor, He mostly plays CPU bound games so I had to go intel and with the liquid cooler the 4690k fit will with the overclocking potential. RAM is standard 1600 ram, didn't put much thought into it, came int he bundle and works fine. The motherboard is a new Z97 board from Gigabyte. The board overall for gaming is kinda meh, but will do the job just as well as any other board i was looking at in this budget range. Has some extra audio features which are nice for him. PSU EVGA is a great brand and 600W is more than enough room.
CPU Cooler: This liquid cooler was on sale at newegg a couple months back, started at $50, had a 15 off coupon code then a 15 dollar MIR plus a 10% off code for signing up for some visa checkout thing. Brought it down to $15.
SSD: Just a good newegg deal with coupon code. MX100 has great performance to price ratio, arguably the best out there. Super fast drive start up is about 10 secs or less.
GPU: this deal was on tiger direct, i forget the actual details but it did involve a coupon code and a mail in rebate as well. The R9 280X has some really good performance to price ratio. The performance is on par with the 770 and the price is almost 100 cheaper.
Case: Once of his requirements was to have black windowed case. The source 220 is a great budget case and i liked the look of the mesh front and it came with 3 white LED case fans to really make the insides pop. Great case for 30 bucks.
That's pretty much it. feel free to ask questions below.