I'm planning a new build. This will be my first build from scratch, my current PC is a pre-built I got in 2010, with a few upgrades. I only intend to upgrade once, so i'm trying to perfect this as much as possible before purchasing anything. I'm open to ideas or suggestions to improve it without significantly ballooning the budget. I have been reading reviews for a lot of the parts I've considered. And I've been trying to keep my budget around $2200 (tax would add roughly another $180). I'm making this to play at 1440p 144Hz, preferably with G-sync/Freesync. 4K 144Hz wont be out for a while longer (I'm assuming), and when it is out, it'll be first gen and way too expensive. 1440p144 will be a big upgrade from 1080p60. I intend to overclock both the CPU and GPU. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zpxzgL Manual prices are Microcenter prices. CPU: AMD Ryzen 1700X - $270 MC has a special offer (For 1700X and 1800X) now that saves you $100 when getting a CPU/Mobo bundle. The Ryzen 1700 bundle only saves you $50. This essentially makes the Ryzen 1700 and 1700X the same price, so I opted for 1700X. One of the staff members at MC said the 1700X comes with a stock cooler (I'm assuming its the Wraith Max). I've searched online a bit and some people said they've managed to OC to 3.7/3.8 while maintaining under 70 Celsius with the stock cooler. If temps are too high when I attempt an OC, then I will look to get a 240mm AIO water cooler. Given the bundle, Intel (i.e 7700k) would be more expensive and it wouldn't be much better, if at all. Ryzen also seems to have much smoother gameplay than Intel CPUs. Mobo: Asrock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 - $105 Went with this one because MC has it and its cheap. Read some reviews about it on Newegg and it doesn't seem that bad. Choosing the Mobo was probably the hardest to pick. I'd honestly prefer an M-atx board but there arent many good options, especially at MC. I know its not the best option but other mobos cost significantly more. MC has an open-box Asus ROG Crosshair 6 hero at $195 x2, MSI Pro Carbon at $143, and Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 5 at $145. But I'm not sure if the bundle offer would still apply to open box mobos. If bundle applies to Open-box Mobos, which one should I pick? http://www.microcenter.com/product/476088/ROG_CROSSHAIR_VI_HERO_X370_AM4_ATX_AMD_Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/product/476043/X370_Gaming_Pro_Carbon_AM4_ATX_AMD_Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/product/476020/AORUS_GA-AX370-Gaming_5_AM4_ATX_AMD_Motherboard RAM: G.Skill Trident Z 16Gb (2X8) DDR4-3600 - $190 I picked this one primarily because it is said to be Samsung B-Die Ram. B-Die ram is said to be much better at achieving 3200Mhz+ speeds with Ryzen, and only B-die ram has been able to do 3600Mhz. And I picked high speeds because Ryzen has been proven to perform better with faster Ram. Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD - $150 I would've preferred the 850 Evo, but its $180+. According to the specs, this Sandisk SSD is very close to the 850 Evo. MC says they can match the prices, so I will try getting it there first before going online. PSU: EVGA Supernova P2 850W Platinum - $130-150 MC rep suggested the 750W version, but the 850W is only an extra $7 in online pricing. I will try to get MC to match this price as well, but I dont know if they match mail-in rebates (meaning, would they match $130 or $150?) Case: Corsair Carbide Series Spec-02 - $58 Cheap case, has future expand-ability for 240mm (for AIO water coolers) at the front, 120mm at the back, and fits some 240mm at the top depending on mobo and ram height, according to a YT review. OS: Windows 10 - $80 I have a laptop with Windows 10, and dont like it. Current PC is windows 7, and I never used that free windows 10 upgrade. Dont know if its possible to get W10 free through upgrade, but on the new SSD. GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Aorus - $715 There's 2 Aorus (This one and Aorus Xtreme Edition) cards and from what I've seen the only difference between them are stock clocks and maybe the warranty. I've seen some reviews and it seems that the Zotac AMP extreme and the Aorus are the best of the bunch, but I chose this one because its cheaper (AMP extreme is $760) and Gigabyte is a bigger brand. Would choose factory water cooled card at similar prices (Seahawk, Hybrid, or Gigabyte Water force) if they existed. I know EVGA sells the hybrid coolers for $170, but you have to apply it yourself. This most likely voids warranty, and its only for the reference models. Which leads to my next part of the build that is linked to the GPU choice. Monitor: Dell S2716DG 27" 2560x1440 144Hz G-Sync - $500 http://www.microcenter.com/product/458837/S2716DG_27_LED_G-Sync_Gaming_Monitor Its the cheapest I can find for G-sync 1440p144. There were some 165Hz monitors for same price, but were 23.8". My biggest question is, when will AMD's Vega GPU come out? And will they have any GPU on par (or better/close to it) with the 1080Ti? I'd imagine the AMD version would be cheaper, and If i got AMD then I can completely change my monitor choice to this http://www.microcenter.com/product/450964/MG279Q_27_LED_Gaming_FreeSync_Monitor Asus 27" 1440p 144Hz free-sync IPS for $530. Basically I get an IPS monitor for an extra $30 over the G-sync variant. I would not mind waiting a month or two for AMD's vega if it turns out as good. The other option is to get the free-sync IPS monitor and 1080Ti anyway, but look to sidegrade or upgrade (Via selling used 1080Ti) to AMD in the future if there's little cost. Thanks for reading this far. Sorry if this is long but this is a big investment for me and I want to make sure I make this right. So thoughts? changes or suggestions?