This is my first gaming build in around 15 or so years (I might be in denial, my last build used 2x Monster 3D II cards). I've used pre-build machines and gaming laptops in between now and then. I had the understanding going into this that a single GPU will not be ideal for 4K gaming, I'm happy to say that this machine can handle it just fine. I play most games in 4k resolution with details maxed. FPS range from 40's to 60's depending on game, obviously much higher in 1440p or 1080p. I didn't plan on the Red/Black color scheme but most parts fall in place that way and I think it turned out pretty good.
Parts break down:
CPU: I choose the I7 over the I5 because I simply for better performance with other applications such as video editing as well as future proofing. Added an Corsair H60 cooler because it seemed to offer plenty of cooling, may upgrade later if I end up overclocking the CPU more.
Motherboard: Second most difficult part to choose. I tried to balance between features and price. Finally settled on this because from all the reviews, made overclocking easier via the bios and I've always liked ASUS motherboards. Probably could have added a lower end Z-170 mobo, but I felt this was the one part where I would regret going cheap.
GPU: This particular GTX 980Ti from Asus comes overclocked and with an excellent cooling solution out of the box. Well worth the extra money.
Storage: Decided on the .M2 SSD from Samsung simply for the easier installation. I would have preferred to get a SSD that uses the PCIE lane on the MOBO but had to cut that due to Budget. Of course I also added a 1TB SATA HD for storage and less demanding games. Keep in mind that this configuration eats up 2x SATA slots even though it's an .M2 SSD.
Case: the NZXT H440 received excellent reviews on various hardware sites. I didn't need room for DVD/BD drives and wanted a case that is easy to work in and offers enough room for future upgrades. The case looks and performs great. I had to remove some drive bays to make room for the GPU though.
Power Supply: I felt 750W would be plenty and allowed room for SLI options on the future. Decided on the EVGA because they seemed very solid from everything I've read during my research.
RAM: Mostly picked this to fit with the color scheme of the build. XMP compatible and easy to overclock via bios.
Monitor: This was by far the most difficult item to decide on. I was torn between a 1440p and a 4k display. I finally found one that fit my budget. I've had ZERO issues with this display. It runs at 60Hz and has a 2ms response time. I play FPS games like Rainbow 6: Siege etc and have noticed no lag issues from the screen. The picture is crisp and the stock mount for this monitor is actually pretty good. There better monitors out there, but this one seemed like a good compromise.
Others: Keyboard and mouse are all personal preference. I didn't feel the need for some of the fancier gaming keyboards like the new Logitech because I never really use most of the features they come with. I've owned the Headset before I finished this build. Also had a TrackIR5 for some of the sim games I play.
Build: No issues. Took me about 4 hours from start to finish and with interruptions. The hardest part was the CPU cooler, I had to change the initial location to make it all fit the way I wanted it. I've also added some fans to pull air out of the case. Right now the case has 4 fans for intake, 1 fan for the CPU cooler and 2 exhaust fans.
Okay. So this was my first gaming build in 15 or so years. Let me know what you think or have any questions.
PS: That desk is temporary!!!!!!