I'm a motion designer and I was frustrated with the inability to upgrade my iMac and also the limited options, price and hardware, of the current Mac Pros. So the time finally came and I decided to build a PC.
I wanted a machine that had decent CPU and GPU power so I could render my Octane scenes relatively quickly as well as handle After Effects rendering. While I had a decent budget of around $3,000 I couldn't afford to go all out and get dual 980Ti's with full water cooling etc so I had to compromise and stick with one dedicated Octane GPU, the 980, and fan cooling.
I ended up getting an additional GTX 750Ti that isn't listed in the parts so that I could use it for my display and that way the GTX980Ti is solely reserved for rendering Octane scenes out of Cinema 4D.
I was nervous about the install but it went very smoothly thanks to my brother-in-law who kindly did 80% of the work while I sat there and obsessed over cable management.
The only hiccups we encountered were since I had 2 GPU's my wireless adaptor couldn't fit into the motherboard so for now I am running ethernet until I find a solution.
Been using it for a week pretty heavily and so far so good! While rendering AE scenes I keep checking to make sure the fans are doing their thing because it's soooooo quiet. I was worried about it being a noisy machine but I'm super impressed with how quiet it's staying.
Excited to see what this thing can do when I get more comfortable with Windows and learn how to optimize the GPU more.