I built this PC for a friend of mine who is currently an architecture student, and will be using it primarily for AutoCAD, and occasionally gaming. All parts were purchased from the following retailers: - Amazon - Newegg - Microcenter
In the included parts list, I have included the prices I paid for the parts purchased including tax/discounts where appropriate. No mail-in rebates were included in the pricing deductions.
My friend who financed and will own the build actually aided in the build process, which was his first time ever building a PC, so definitely got a kick out of the build process. I think it always makes owning your own PC that much more special when you assemble it from scratch, as opposed to just buying a pre-built unit.
He had a strict $1,700 budget, so I had to adhere to that in the decision making process behind which parts were chosen. If looking for a gaming rig, I would suggest forgoing the 32 GB of RAM, and simply go for 16 GB. He needed the extra RAM for his AutoCAD work, which could be spent on a bigger/better SSD otherwise.
I'm currently in the process of overclocking everything, but still don't have any solid numbers. I'm expecting a ~5 GHz overclock given that the "one click" overclock feature on the motherboard immediately put it at 4.8 GHz, and has been running without issue. We'll see how it goes with a bit of fiddling around.
I took all pictures with an iPhone 6, so the quality isn't amazing, and it's really hard to capture how the tempered glass actually looks in person. The lighting gives off a subtle glow that fills the case. Definitely very please at the final product, and the final price as well.