Went with what I could pay for.... all in all about $980 after rebates.
I had a; 250gb SSD (Crucial) for OS and essentials, 500gb HDD (Western Digital), and optical drive from a previous computer that I cannibalized so I wouldn't have to get windows or re-download any games/features. Also already owned the peripherals (mouse, keyboard, headset).
P.S. - Disregard the missing power cover on the wall, my dog knocked it off about 15 minutes before that picture was taken.
Great bang for buck especially if you can find a deal on it.
After a few days of running the rig hard and fast I can say that this cooler is 100% worth anything Corsair feels like charging for it. I don't think I clipped above 51*C even once. If you aren't buying this then I feel bad for your ability to make decisions on your own and hope that someone gives you a helmet and some crayons for Christmas.
The only real reason this doesn't get a higher rating is that the RGB is lackluster and kind of a pain to get working at first. All in all though a reasonable price and strong performance from a brand that you can trust.
These things are great. I mean you might want to say, "Hey man ram is ram", and I get that but no temp issues easy to OC and they are BRIGHT. When I say bright I mean blind your neighbors cat bright, might have to tint my case window kind of bright, and the color options are very nice and easy to use.
This was the part of my build that I spent the most time worrying about. I am super pleased with the card on all fronts. It looks clean, especially with red black builds. It runs Witcher 3 and Destiny 2 on max with absolutely zero problems. The only issue with it is that the MSI software is kinda retarded and getting the RGB to work proper is not so easy to figure out.
Pros: easy to move around in, looks great, dust filters are on point, soooo many fan options, tons of space for upgrades and/or toys, great for cable management even for beginners. Cons: manual is garbage, the hookups for the case fans/usb/restart are slightly wonky and don't really want to stay on tight to boards and power which you will just have to guess at where everything goes because the aforementioned manual is garbage.
Sturdy power supply with a ton of cables and ties that all come in a nice little bag to keep near your other rig tools. Best if you can find it for under $90.
Once you get used to typing on it all other keyboards feel inferior. The media buttons are a huge plus when listening to music and multitasking. You can set multiple profiles up for up to 4 different activities and the USB pass-through makes cable management on your desk super easy.
For $35 this mouse has no competition so many DPI options RGB works great and is very customizable.
As a man with a big noodle I was forced to scour the globe for a decent pair of headphones that would wrap around this testament to my mother's birthing prowess without feeling cheap or cut off the circulation and cause me to drool into my keyboard until my wife finds me several hours later. I can say that after almost 2 years of solid use I have found the only headphones I ever want to game in. The mic comes off for when you don't want to rage at preteens that seem to suffer from downs syndrome, but when it's on the fury of your racial slurs will come in crystal clear to anyone willing to listen.