The main idea of this build is to have pretty high gaming performance while keeping the cost as low as possible.
CPU: I called Staples and got them to price match Microcenter's 159.99 + tax since a trip to Microcenter would have taken about 5 hours round trip for me.
Motherboard: Cheapest micro ATX motherboard I could find that has PCIe 3.0 and 4 DIMM slots in case I need to more than 8GB RAM in the future.
Memory: Cheapest DDR3-1600 during the time frame I was ordering the parts.
Video Card: I was one of the lucky ones to have grabbed this before it sold out. I was originally looking at a GTX 760 but I'm glad I picked this one up. It is a bit noisy and runs hotter than all of the other 7970 GE but I still love it!
Storage: Bought at Newegg for $189.99 with 10% mobile checkout discount. Reused my HDD from a six year old build.
Case: I really wanted a cheap and small case (that can house a large video card) to fit under my desk. The main problem with this case is the complete lack of cable management features.
Power Supply: Cheapest 80PLUS Bronze certified PSU I could find. It doesn't go well with this case because of all the extra cables.
Optical Drive: I needed one...
Postmortem Thoughts: I wasn't able to spot a deal on a modular PSU and I really wanted to complete the build before Thanksgiving Holiday (more free time to game!). But I really should have spent more and grabbed a modular PSU to go with this case. I know the cables are very messy but please be kind about it. The 4th picture a size comparison with the Centurion 5.
Final Cost: Total upfront cost came out to $806.28 with $40 MIR. I also bought everything with my Discover Card so I'm expecting another $39.60 Cash Back. I'm thinking about selling my Radeon Gold Reward for $20 which should drop the final cost down to $706.68.
Thanks for reading!