CPU was purchased at $180 with the Mother Board $207 - $40 combo, pickup only. The CPU Cooler and Optical Drive were purchased together using a Visa promotion -$15 from listed price. SSD came with Far Cry 4 and Graphics Card came with Borderlands the Pre-Sequel. The Power Supply was $119 - $20 rebate along with equal PSUs with lower voltage being at the same price (650W-750W-850W =$99). The Operating System was purchased through Microsoft using: 8.1 pro student edition.
I saved so much just by being patient! I bought everything in a five month time span and bought most with the exception of one or two at the lowest price as shown in the price graph...and those other items were just a tad bit more than the minimum price.
I made this build because I was tired of dealing with a horrible gaming experience and because I wanted to learn more about computers. My tip besides taking advantage of price trends--summer deals, new releases of similar product, black Friday, Christmas deals--is to take advantage of Paypal credit. They offered me max $500, $0 payments, and 6 months no interest if paid in full.
I based the build off of the best graphics card I could buy which was the 760/770 but the 780 lowered in price significantly almost the same as the lower models because of the release of the 970 and 980. Then I settled on a case which is colored "gun metal" and really liked the color scheme given that I had loved the Dominator Platinum dimms from Corsair. I chose the best CPU that got the job done without overkill, so the i7's were out the window to start. Given that I planned on overclocking, I bought a better thermal paste and CPU Cooler. I had the option of buying a $30-40 air cooled cooler but killed the aesthetics of the case since it has a clear section on the side panel. SSD was a must because of the frustration I've had from cluttered Hard Drives. Originally planned on SSD for OS and HDD for storage but decided to pay about the same for one SSD. 16GB RAM is overkill so I got 8 with the option of upgrading up to 16GB later. I wanted a monitor with a Display port but I settled for the one that matched my color scheme. It's still a really good buy; I got the monitor for -$80ish from BestBuy.
The only problem that I faced was creating a bootable flash drive for installing the digital copy of the OS. I was doing it right except that the software didn't want to work properly. Luckily it magically started working after a few hours. Cable management was also annoying because the rubber edges around the large routing holes were extremely easy to take off and difficult to keep on. In addition to that, PSU cables were especially tough which created some difficutly.
I still haven't over clocked. I have only booted, assigned fan speeds, XMP profile, and downloaded essentials. I will be testing it over the course of the week before I do any overclocking. Should get up to around 4.6GHz and 1.22-1.35V.