So this is my first build. I use it mainly for gaming and occasionally for work. The only recommendation I have for this build would be to upgrade the motherboard to a Z97 gaming addition; Because if you use this motherboard with this CPU it won't boot until you use a Haswell CPU, and flash the bios drivers from the setup screen. It takes like 20 minutes, but you will end up paying 60$ for a Haswell Pentium CPU to flash it. Luckily for me I borrowed one from a local computer store, and returned it the next day for a full refund. Also instead of the 970GTX that only utilizes 3.5GB of DDR5 for gaming I would stick with a 960GTX, and when you want to SLI two 960GTXs they are 4GB of DDR5 anyway so it's a win, win. I would also spend the money and get a i7 quad core for the turbo boost for gaming. Other than that I love this build. It is an all around PC and the G sync feature is definitely a nice feature with this monitor. Most of you guys know this but Display Port is the only way to do anything on a monitor anymore, and is completely amazing but if you are looking toget a g sync monitor just remember that it will almost 100% of the time only take a display port because that is the only way to run G Sync right now. So any DVI, VGA, HDMI, Thunder Bolt pretty much any cable except Display Port will not work. Make sure if you get a monitor with G SYNC that your Nvidia GPU has a Display Port!
Anyway on to the good stuff.I have purchased a plethora of games for PC since I built my PC. All I can say is that stuff still catches my eye even if I play the same game a month later. The level of details in-game are just astounding, Water quality is amazing with a high end PC. My favorite time playing PC is when in game it is raining; because you can see the water droplets on the ground and the reflection of the sky from the puddles it's a lot to take in at first but it will give you chills every time you play a game or look at anything that is visually appealing.I have been playing consoles since my palms could fit on a controller. Starting with the first PlayStation then the Xbox, Xbox 360, and finally the Xbox One. Going from that to PC gaming is like taking a man that was once blind to an Electric Daisy Carnival concert. That man is going to be like "Holy Balls! This is amazing!"
There are some games that run great with this build and some that do not. Here are the list of games that I think would be decent to play on ultra settings without drops in frame rate. First off: Skyrim, Dishonored, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Minecraft(duh), Homeworld Remastered, Left 4 Dead, Star Craft 2, and Counter Strike Global Offensive. These next ones are newer games that you will have to run somethings on Ultra and somethings on High settings. Here they are: GTA V, Elder Scrolls Online, Tomb Raider, Titan Fall, Battle Field 4, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. These are just games that I run on my PC. I am sure almost any game you purchase it will run 60 frames per second if all settings are on high. I used to spend hours dialing in my games to get the perfect frame rate and nicest quality but I think Optimizing your games through Nvidia Geforce Experience is the best way to. I have notice that it really helps and it has a Dial that you can adjust for quality or performance.
Bottom line whether you build a 4,000$ PC or a 400$ PC you will notice a better gaming experience than consoles. One thing that I have noticed is that on consoles you have a way different crowd of people than on PC. PC seems to weed out most of the 10 year old kids on GTA V. Giving it a more mature feeling, but with that being said most PC Gamers don't use mics and I am not saying that for all of you because I know some do, but to me it's just way to quiet. When I game I like to laugh at stupid jokes and get ridiculed for messing up or praised for being clutch. Counter Strike seems to have a lot of people who talk and have fun but GTA not so much. Also I have two friends that I know who have gaming PCs and one I am trying to persuade into this cult. Don't be surprised if you end up at Reddit's GamerPals Thread looking for a PC friend to play similar games with; like a 40 year old on a matchmaking website. Well I have wrote this 3 months after it's been up and running. So I hope I helped some of you with deciding whether or not you want to go through with it. All and all if I could do it all over again I would do it again, and again, and again. It was Completely worth it and was fun to put together.