10/30/16 INTRODUCTION: I've gamed on the same PC since August 2008 (over 8 years!) and it's finally time for an upgrade! I was a scared noob back in 2008 and had my older brother's bud assemble the PC for me, but this go around I'm looking forward to putting this one together myself! At this early stage in the build I've spent approximately 1 month preparing a parts list. I've done a tremendous, nerdy amount of research on pretty much every part in this build except for all of the accessories I'm recycling from the previous setup (listed below.) Overall, my objectives for the build...1) it has to be powerful enough to stream gameplay at 1080p on the highest possible game settings... 2) each part should have strong user reviews... 3) it should run relatively quiet so as not to be disruptive during streaming... 4) it should follow a black and white color scheme... 5) when finished, there should still be room for future upgrades (e.g., SLI GPUs, add'l DDR4 slots, M.2 SSD, etc.)
Recycled from Previous Build (TOTAL $439): Sceptre Monitor, Logitech G11 Keyboard, Razer Headset, Bose Speakers, Logitech Webcam, and Logitech G5 Mouse
10/30/16 After spending a month or more piecing together my parts list here on PCPartPicker, I began to return to review my parts list and keep an eye out for sales/deals. Today I struck gold with a $20 rebate on the EVGA fully modular 650W PSU, $20 off the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case ($10 sale + $10 rebate), 3% off the Mushkin SSD and 14% off the Seagate SSHD, $10 off Windows 10, and almost 40% off the 4 Cooler Master silent case fans. The plan is to continue to keep an eye out (particularly on weekends and around holidays seems to be the best times) for deals, up until Cyber Monday on November 28, 2016 where I'll make my final purchases. Hoping to have everything built and ready for use by December. Beyond the build, in December I plan on testing things out and preparing for a full launch of my gaming stream to kick off the new year on January 1st, 2017!
11/02/16 Parts began to arrive today! Received my Ethoo Pro tower, PSU, SSD and SSHD drives. Watched an incredible World Series Win by the Cubbies! Celebrated by going online and finding the Asus 144Hz monitor on sale on Amazon, where I happened to have $75 in gift cards stashed away, so ended up grabbing the monitor for $159! So far the build is ahead of schedule and under budget! Vman for President 2020!
11/03/16 Did my daily rounds of checking the prices on my Saved Part List and then browsing the vendor websites (Amazon, NewEgg, etc.) It's important to check daily and to review the pricing of parts that are comparable (or slightly better) than what you have saved in your part list. For example, today I checked in on the pricing of the motherboard I was going for--the ASUS Z170-A currently priced at $155. Browsed NewEgg and stumbled upon an even BETTER mobo--the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER--which retails $190. Today is was 16% off PLUS a $35 rebate. Tack on the shipping, and I've got an even better mobo than I had planned at under $130, which is almost $15 cheaper than the ASUS Z170-A has ever priced at (and did a mention it's an even BETTER mobo!?)
11/04/16 Won an eBay auction for a like-new Elgato HD60 Pro at $155. Based on the item's history, it's never gone lower than $160, and rarely goes below $169, so I considered this a win despite the potential risk involved. But there are enough guardrails protecting buyers on eBay that it felt like a winning opportunity to me, but we'll see, only time will tell!
11/05/16 Found the GTX 1070 STRIX on NewEgg for 419.99 with a $20 rebate included. Getting a 1070 for under $400!? JOY!!! CRYORIG also had a 40% sale on the H7 CPU cooler, under $30!
11/06/16 Made final purchases today! I didn't make it to Cyber Monday as planned, but I was getting nervous risking giving up some deals that were up this weekend. i7 6700k was on sale at $329.99 which is as low as it's been in the past 30+ days, so again, I didn't want to risk waiting 3 weeks and having the price somehow gone up and then I'm still waiting for just 1 piece to complete my build - no thank you. The DDR4 Kingston HyperfuryX memory had a nice $9 off code, so I got it for $87.99...not the lowest it's ever been, but as low as it's been in weeks. Lastly, I went ahead and added a CD/DVD-RW drive at the end for the Windows 10 install, plus, y'know, it's a CD/DVD-RW drive. NEXT COMES THE BUILD!!!
11/13/16 So all of my orders arrived, and I've just spent this past weekend completing the build, getting everything up and running, configured to my liking, etc. This was the first time I ever built a PC from scratch, and I did it all by myself with only the help of a few DIY videos on YouTube along the way! I hope you've enjoyed reading about this journey, and welcome you to come check out my stream on Twitch at www.GamingWithVman.com which I plan to have officially launched by January 1st, 2017.
A HUGE thank you to PCPartPicker for this awesome website--a resource that helped me tremendously throughout this entire process!
Happy part picking everybody!