In the past, I have always purchased a computer off the shelf and adapted it to meet my needs. I have decided that I am going to try and build one from the bottom up this time. Here is a list of my components and I am curious if I made wise choices. I am a gamer, though not necessarily hardcore. I do some photo editing and a little graphic design, on occasion. I do realize that I might have gone a little overboard in the choice of some components. I was trying to future-proof a bit and make sure that I would have a solid system for the next few years.
Hmmm...it looks like I should have come here BEFORE I made the purchases. I wasn't really trying to get the cheapest build but I was trying to get one that will last for awhile.
With so many choices and so many opposing viewpoints, it was a genuine challenge to come up with a build that I was "happy" with.
After seeing the HAFX, I do realize that it was major overkill (that thing is HUGE) but I wanted something with USB 3.0 and I wanted something with plenty of room for expansion.
I should also say that almost all of the pieces were purchased over a couple of weeks, taking advantage of rebates and sales. The MOBO, for example ended up costing about $220. The 950 was purchased because it was only $10 more than the 930. I picked up the Dominators for $149.
This ended up costing about $1600 (minus $100+ MIR) including taxes and shipping.
I rationalized it by telling myself that I was getting far more than I need for now but would have something that extended beyond the period of obsolescence that I would be experiencing in three to four years. Or at least I hope. I also priced out similar systems on various custom build sites and found that what I was getting would be $700-1000 cheaper by doing it myself. Now I just have to hope and pray that I don't screw something up!!