thanks to all of y'all for responding! I'll probably combine both of the lists here a bit for a good sweet spot build, so thank you, @NZgamer and @Herman Mcpootis! And the advice you gave is super helpful @Pesky Ngon. When I was first planning the current rig I have, SLI was still barely viable, a 256gig SSD was a solid hundred dollars, and the 980ti was released, and that was about the same year I started freshman year of high school. Be back in five years when I inevitably get behind again!
So it was about four years ago I first built my pc, and even though I upgraded the CPU a year ago, it's still running (brace yourself) a 750ti. Now that I've got some extra money saved up from work and don't have to worry about not having money right now, I've decided it's time to build a new system altogether. Only issue is I've been out of the loop with current tech for about three years now, so I'm here asking for help planning it. Current budget is $1200 to $1500 USD, absolute max $1600. I'll be using it to play games like AAA FPS games (preferably on high or ultra), simulation