$330 - Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor - Purchased
$37 - NZXT Respire T40 CPU Cooler - Purchased
$210 - MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Z77 Motherboard - Purchased
$81 - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600 - Purchased
$160 - Crucial M4 256GB Solid State Disk - Purchased
$120 - 2x Western Digital Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drives - Purchased
Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case - Purchased, not included in budget
$410 - EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB Video Card - Purchased
$128 - Corsair AX750 Power Supply - Purchased
$30 - Windows 8 (student purchase) - Purchased
Total on February 21 2013 (not including already purchased parts):
Total for complete build:
Prices listed by time of purchase
March 6 2013
- I got some savings on Windows 7 professional by purchasing as a student. This resulted in me splurging a little. I thought long and hard about my gaming habit and I think I made the right choice.
- I went with a formidable mid-range GPU that I can plan to SLI with in the future, when I can afford multiple monitors.
- $100 over budget does not seem that bad, since I have been doing well at my job and getting paid more than I had originally predicted. (w00t!)
March 7 2013
- "Downgraded" to WD Blue 1TB HDDs because they were on sale instead of Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDDs, reducing the price by $80 and bringing me to a mere $20 over budget.
- Swiped 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance Ram while on sale for eighty bucks, reducing budget to within $1 of target.
- Decided to go with the NZXT Respire T40 as an ideal balance of low heat and low noise with clearance for my tall RAM modules.
- I have envisioned what the entire build will look like so far. This is great! And I am pretty much ahead of schedule. If I can buy the processor within 1 week, I might have the thing built by the 22nd!!
March 8 2013
- Intel Core i7 3770K and NZXT Respire T40 purchased, completing the parts list.
- Stayed within $6 of original budget
- All parts purchased 1 week ahead of schedule
- Was able to upgrade from the 660ti to the 670 FTW as well as upgrade to a nicer-looking Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled motherboard thanks to most of the other components going on sale