My Pleasure Palace has been going through constant changes and improvement since I first built her back in September. What started as a modest $2k build has snowballed into a shamefully expensive pink and white box.
Here's what has changed:
GPU: I previously had SLI 970s inside of her, but an unfortunate accident left one of the cards crippled. After a couple of months of unreliability, I decided to cut my losses and sell my working 970 while putting the money towards some flagship 980s. I then thought "Hey, if I'm getting 980s, I might as well get some that are friggin' baller." I settled on the Galax Hall of Fame series 980s on the basis of insane stock clocks and cooling (right up there with the Classified cards), as well as aesthetics that compliment my case. I haven't had a whole lot of time to test them, but they are incredibly solid thus far. My only real issue is that they are such fatasses that I couldn't fit my AC wifi card in the bottom most PCIe slot. The top slot would be a perfect location for that card, but it is unusable thanks to my next addition...
SSD: I wanted a way of getting RAID 0 like boot speeds without the inherent risk of running a volatile RAID array as my OS drive. YNotMDot? A 256 GB Plextor M.2 drive fit into my system perfectly and has made my OS run at blistering speeds. Moving my OS to a PCIe SSD also freed up my 840 Pros for a RAID 0 drive to hold all of my games and major programs. The only real issue there is that, due to the architecture of the Z97 chipset, using the M.2 slot overrides and deactivates the top 3 PCIe x4 and x8 slots, which leaves the bottom x8 slot as the only usuable non-GPU-occupied. My AC adapter was sitting there, but the addition of the HoF cards has taken away that option. I'm now forced to use a USB adapter until I can figure out a better solution.
Monitor: Previously, I was hugely wasting the potential of SLI 970s by running them into a 1080p 60Hz monitor. I fixed that by building a PC for my sister and trading it in a banging deal for an ASUS ROG Swift. My cards seem to have no trouble hitting the 144Hz fps cap on the monitor, and after a month or so of using it, I can no longer play on 60Hz screens without getting a headache. It's a blessing and a curse.
Anyway, I'd love to hear what the PCPP community has to say this time around. Cheers.