After long insurmountable hours spent trying to ship Black Ops 3 (as a user interface artist), I finally decided to upgrade an 8 year old Mac. Reasons are clear but what really convinced me was working on a beastly Treyarch build and later coming home to just to realize how much I hated Apple's increasingly bloated OS... Tired argument here but go ahead, I dare you to commit to a Mac Pro ($5,800 trash can) after pre-configuring it on the Apple site and commit to spending twice as much. Apple really needs to stop throwing the word 'Pro' around so much.
i7-6850k Not a Xeon but I'm really hoping GPU support improves for Adobe and other creative applications. For now, Redshift & Octane (3d renderer) look really promising and has prompted my decision to drop more investment on GPU's. Industry trend seems to be favoring this as multi-core is nearing a wall and pricing isn't reasonable for the majority.
OC 4.0 GHZ / 6 Cores 1.29V
ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme (x2) This was a tough one. Mainly because I was not going anywhere near fussing with water cooled solutions (due to price and maintenance). I won't be home when rendering 3D scenes and I'd like to avoid leak anxiety. The best alternative to this was a fast card (not the founders edition) with decent temps. A close contender was the EVGA FTW Hybrid but price and dual card setup limitations made it a deal breaker. I managed to find the ZOTAC Extreme for $650 and managed to convince myself that weight and size wasn't a deal breaker. Of course this quickly became an issue in the installation where I immediately noticed the dreadful 'GPU sag'. I had seen people use legos before so that became my solution but I needed something slightly thinner so it didn't interfere with the fan as much (not that it would matter much anyway).
ASUS X99 Rampage V Edition 10 Probably the hardest piece of hardware to commit to. Even after looking at workstation boards like the ASUS x99-e WS (old 2014 board) and the x99 Sabertooth (64gb max ram), I decided the Rampage was the best option for the dual GPU configuration. And I wasn't going to run the second card at x8 with other viable options just to get some breathing room. SafeSlot, safe boot and lane switches was a plus (GPU support brackets are available btw, albeit very bulky). Some boards also shared bandwidth with m.2 configurations (another deal breaker).
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 64GB 4x16GB sticks. The plan is to eventually max out to 128GB (if necessary).
Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 Lots of breathing room for the dual GPU setup. Although laying the motherboard flat (no glass of course) would have made more sense in a case this big. Seriously, is the market really that big for those who want a mobile workstation? After a week with this case I did notice some fan noise so I plan on investing in Quiet editions soon. Temperatures are great on this case so I can get away with lower RPMs.
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD It's small, fast and free's up a SATA port. Not using one would be a waste. 1TB sounds good but will upgrade once prices drop.
Kraken X52 GPU Cooler It's a very minimal improvement over the X51 but looks way better (imo). X62 wasn't avilable at the time and will upgrade in the future. Being able to turn off the NZXT logo is a plus.