UPDATE its the Featured Build?! Wow! Thank you for the recognition! I had to make a video with my thanks: https://youtu.be/30V_UxyOEX8
Another video breaking down the components: https://youtu.be/aho-Mq886XM
My first PC build spawned from me wanting to play Star Citizen. Early 2016, VR started to really get hyped. I began watching VR evangelists like the VR Bros./Spies, Nathie, and F4cePa1m to name a few. I was completely sold. I now needed something capable of pushing Star Citizen, as well as prepare for VR one day. As a collector of geek culture and old video games, I had a lot of "garbage" I decided was worth parting with. I began really selling on eBay and Amazon to FULLY fund my first PC build, as well as order an Oculus Rift, G29, T. Flight Thurstmaster Warthog HOTAS, and eventually even an Obutto Ozone. No funds were pulled from family income, which is the only reason I went through with everything.
I wanted something portable and eventually came down to a couple of the Lian Li cases and the Corsair 380T. The design of the Corsair was perfect, and it reminds me of a block engine - something I appreciate. It won my heart, and I built everything off of the case with an intent to eventually have a 980 Ti as its beating heart. As it turned out, I was one of the fortunate ones to snag a Rift early (May 2016) when they were sold from Microsoft. I was still saving for a graphics card so I only had about $300 to put toward one. I went to Best Buy and snagged an EVGA GTX 970. Everything worked great. The Rift was/is an incredible experience. Star Citizen did not steal the show running on a GTX 970, but it was better than what I previously had.
Then NVidia had to go and announce the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Crap. What a reasonable price they were at $379 and $599! Luckily, the GTX 970 I bought was an EVGA. EVGA has this fantastic thing called the Step-Up Program. I was within 90 days of purchase, and I was able to pay the difference. Again, I was still saving so I only had enough to support the Step-Up of a GTX 1070. I felt like hot **** then.
Of course, 2017: NVidia had to go and do it again with the GTX 1080 Ti - those brilliant jerks. Well, the best part of all of this was that I intrigued the PC builder in my wife. She built her first PC at the beginning of that year and bought an EVGA GTX 1070. She was sweet enough to use her Step-Up for a GTX 1080 Ti. Of course, she hooked me up upon delivery since she mainly plays Sims 4 and Overwatch.
Additionally, the original two storage devices were the Silicon Power (240GB) which I strictly use just for Windows 10, and the original 500GB HGST hard drive from my launch PS4. My most recent upgrade was adding one more hard drive: the ADATA M.2.
When I first built it, I pulled the white casing off of the frame, primed, and painted it to match my 2008 Mustang GT vert - Vista Blue Metallic. Even bought the "GT" badge to complete the look. My Star Citizen ship is the Consolidated Outland Mustang so...sort of fits the theme. Oh, and the 1080 Ti does the job for Star Citizen on 1080p. It's portability is outstanding; I have brought it to friends and family on numerous occasions to let them experience VR for the first time. Mission complete.
Most of it was done in about three days, but the grand total to get the graphics cards and hard drives proper was about a whole year. I personally love it.
I finally got around to posting this as a completed build. Thanks to PC Part Picker and those I reached out to on here for assistance - in particular: AudioFil3, SalehCoder, narendralm, pyrolo, SalehCoder, narendralm, pyrolo, mmdoran1, Lex, the_corinthian, jggorman, HawkOwl, and CDGpup007. This community is great for first-timers like me. In my local world, thanks to my buddy, AJ, for hooking me up with the original recommended parts list and answering my newbie questions.