This build replaced a 12 year old+(?) Win XP system that started showing signs of age by not booting properly once in a while. The new system was designed to not just allow us to play games, but hopefully last as long as our old WinXP system did. That meant it had to be near the bleeding edge for hardware now, so that even a few years out, it will still be able to run enough programs to remain relevant while having the capacity to upgrade to extend its useful life. Research here found that 3/4 of the parts could be found for the best price at my local MicroCenter, so off I went with tax refund in hand to get a full build on the spot. The system actually went together quite smoothly. The only problem came from not getting the CPU installed on the MB quite right and apparently shorting out a few pins on the new LGA1151 socket along the way. MicroCenter, though, came through like champs and allowed me to exchange the MB and CPU and not an hour later, everything booted up. It took a little bit to figure out exactly how to get the SSD formatted and partitioned as the boot drive, but the system had Win10 installed by the end of the evening. The new system now leaves enough space for more than doubling the RAM if needed, and for adding yet another GTX980Ti if needed. The use of the 950Pro SSD will mean it will probably fail before any other component, but by that time, it can be replaced with something better.
In the meantime, we get a screaming fast system capable rebooting in less than 30seconds and capable of maxing out many current games while being more energy efficient than our old quad-core Dell. Running the Unigine Valley benchmark with 4X anti-aliasing and Ultra detail settings at full 4k resolution, the system was able to pump out 31-36fps and produce incredible views. The 28" 4k monitor also makes it quite comfortable for the two of us to play Skyrim together comfortably (one runs the mouse, the other the keyboard) at 4k resolution with all the hi-res graphics mods available. To top it all off, the case provides a nice view to the interior while having 3 fans active for the case to supplement the Hyper212 EVO cooling system all illuminated by a set of red LED lights on the case and motherboard.
Overall, it was definitely more expensive than what I originally planned to get, but certainly does the trick now and should do the trick for quite a while to come.