The next rig I build, I'll buy a good chip that's already binned, and buy MB from their QVL, and good ram off the MBs QVL list, put a decent AIO cooler, and see how that works out. My current rig was semi-budget, minus the 1080ti.
I got my 1080ti for $680 in December 2016. Between that, the motherboard, CPU, ram, cooler, SSD (reused the PSU and case), the total was around $1400. So that's pretty budget for a 1080ti rig in 2016. And it's still a good rig, just not a super good rig anymore.
In 2018, I spent $700 on a 1440p Gsynch monitor.
Last edited by chaosblade02; 12-05-2019 at 10:49 AM.