I built this 3 months ago system when I've just sold my Maximus Hero VII. I was debating between going forward with a Skylake build or staying with Z97 when I chanced upon a Z97 FTW for sale. It was a brand new unit sold by a EVGA Mod on the classifieds for 150CAD (around 110USD). So, I figured that I will stick with Z97 for a little longer and give the EVGA mobo a try - it was my first EVGA mobo.
Some of these parts were transferred over from my previous build, including a Zotac 980 Ti Amp! Extreme. After Nvidia annouced the 1080 and 1070, I traded the 980 Ti + 500 cash and a MSI 390x (which is why some photos had the 980 ti and some have the 390x) becase I feared that 980ti's would plummet in price.
This system is currently my back up, and honestly, I miss Windows 7. With the predator, this system is extremely fast. In fact, this system is noticeably faster and smoother than my Skylake (6700k+950 Pro).
This was my primary system before my Skylake build. I'm currently running a 6700k, 950 Pro, Maximus Formula VIII system.
Some component reviews:
NZXT S340 Pro - inexpensive, decent looking, excellent cable management and case interior design. Con - Acrylic scratches easy, limited radiator space
HyperX Predator Pro - friggin fast, uses PCIE allowing so that Haswell/older systems can feel young again Con - expensive, takes up a PCIE slot
Deepcool Captain 240 Pro - fans are great! honestly, these stock fans are surprisingly good built quality and purrformance. rare white colour, comes with a sexy 4 slot pwn fan hub Con - very disappointing lighting, which you can't control at all | light brightness 2/10