I have been diverting 90% of my energy towards completing my Primary Quest for quite a while now but that time is almost over! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (•ω•) As you should know, even though the Quest isn't done yet, I no longer need to expend any more energy on it. That 90% energy capacity has now been freed up and I, too, am free to set myself a new Quest and devote my energies to that instead:
Build my own personal high-end
Yes, that's right, no more hand-me-down PC. /(≥ヮ≤)\ And right on time, too, since Black Friday/Cyber Monday season has arrived. As of today I have already bought all the components I need save one: a Solid State Drive (SSD) on which to store my operating system (OS).
Otherwise, here's what I have acquired so far:
|GPU||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X||350||0||350|
|HEATSINK||Noctua NH-U12S||66||-10||0 (56)|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance 8GB
(2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
|HDD||Seagate Barracuda 1TB||56||-20||0 (36)|
|PSU||SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze||87||0||87|
|CASE||Rosewill THOR V2||130||-20,-20||90|
|Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||20||-3||17|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)||106||0||56 (50)|
Total cart price: $1296
Paid with rewards points: -$142
The discounts on the original prices come in two varieties: coupon codes for instant savings and cumbersome mail-in rebates. The COST column figures indicate the actual price of the items following all calculations for discounts. The number adjacent in parentheses is the portion of the actual price that I paid using credit card rewards points rather than charging the transaction straight to my card. I don't doubt that you "miles and points" collectors out there will recognize that this isn't the most efficient way to use the points but Amazon was running a special promo if you linked an eligible Rewards earning credit card to your Amazon account and used those points on a purchase. The promo discounts outweighed the poor points-dollar exchange rate in these cases.
For the SSD I have a specific SanDisk model in mind, but it's a good one, they know that and so they haven't put it on sale yet. But I'm patient, we still have the Christmas season...
P.S. I'm also keeping my eye out for a good sale on a SeaSonic PSU. I already bought one but if I could bag one at a significantly lower price that would be grand.