Every 5 or 6 years I go all out and build a brand new PC from scratch. I was finally able to wrap this up with the arrival of the GTX 1080 this morning. I'll start tweaking/overclocking while waiting for the Oculus Rift to arrive.
-Built a custom "floating" desk and carefully routed every cable to keep them hidden underneath.
-Planning to swap out the 5820k for a a Broadwell-E once available.
-Also planning to sell the Founders Edition GTX 1080 and replace it with an EVGA Hybrid GTX 1080 once available.
-I recently posted a picture showing underneath the desk for those asking how I hid the cables.
-Recently reviewed on "Pimp my setup"
-Recently reviewed on "SetupWars"
Not too many compromises. This is a gaming setup primarily focused on high frame rates for VR headsets. A good gaming monitor (in this case, a Predator X-34) and a GTX 1080 were the most important purchases. I'll list some lessons learned on this build below...
A few things that went right on this build, in no particular order
NVMe is crazy fast. Its very much worth it to buy a smaller capacity one and put your OS and most frequently used games on it.
Acer Predator X34. If you can spare the money, get a high quality monitor. It doesn't have to be this one but the entire build is dragged down if you dont have a monitor that can take advantage of everything your PC is capable of putting out. I found that 3440x1440 resolution monitors are the perfect sweet spot for a GTX 1080. You can run almost everything at max settings and still get very high frame rates that rarely drop below 60 FPS. I found that 80-100 FPS is typical for most of the games that I play.
Not rushing through. I built this PC and desk over the course of about 6 months and by taking your time it will allow you to explore and carefully consider all the possibilities and obsess over the smaller details to get everything just right.
A few things to watch out for. I made a few mistakes below on this build so learn from me.
The premium price for 3200MHz RAM wasn't worth it. If you want to save some money, skip the high speed RAM.
The 1000 watt PSU was overkill. I only picked it up because I got a fairly good deal on it. Skip the 1000 watt PSU if you want to save some more money...
While its an amazing card, the Founders Edition 1080 is overpriced and under-powered in this build. Get one from another vendor if possible.
Thanks for the interest and kind words everyone! I honestly had no idea this was the first GTX 1080 build when I submitted it. I got luckier than expected. :)