This is an update to my previous February 2015 build :)
Since then I have added a mechanical keyboard in the form of a Corsair Vengance K65 mechanical keyboard (which is absolutely lovely!)
I have also upgraded my graphics card and changed my aging monitor, which was around 11 years old, only supported 900p and only a VGA connection - old school stuff ;)
The new graphics card is a Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming - I had fancied a move to team green for a while. I did consider a GTX 980 my couldn't justify the premium - I plan on getting another 970 in a few months time and SLI them, which will blow a single 980 away.
Changing my monitor made me think that I should consider nailing my flag to the GSYNC or Freesync masts. In the end, I read around and decided that GSYNC was the slightly better technology, so I went with that.
I really wanted a 1440p, 144hz, GSYNC capable monitor - which left me very little choice apart from the ROG Swift. I don't think we are ready for 4k gaming and personally, I wanted to move away from 60hz, not get a 4k 60hz monitor. I'd rather game etc and a fantasticly smooth, with details maxed out 1440p than make sacrifices for 4k - I don't think cards and monitors are quite ready for mainstream 4k just yet, IMHO.
Before the upgrade I ran the Unigine Valley benchmark. The results in some respects are entirely fair - the updated build is constrained by the fact I am running it at 900p - the best resolution I could get from my old setup; but running both tests the same are at least fair. The tests were also performed with the NVidia drivers out of the box, so may improve even more!
Tests were run with ultra settings, x8 AA, ful screen 1600x900 and using DX 11. I was impressed by the result - the GTX 970 returns a score double that of the 980x, a card showing its age a bit:
R9 280x best scores: 1061, min FPS 16, max FPS 48.2. GTX 970 best scores: 2353, min FPS 30.8, max FPS 63.9.