Here's a "gaming server" concept build with a $1100 budget. Since this is a server that can run games, it's very similar to a traditional gaming build. The difference is that this build is far more energy-efficient, with components like a Platinum rated power supply.
Since you don't have to worry about leaving it on all the time, this is a great build for running your Steam server through Steam Link. The other great thing about this build is that it's highly upgradable in case you want to add a more powerful GPU in the future.
The GTX 960 SSC 4GB powers this build in the graphics department, providing enough juice for 1080p gaming demands. The GPU is only about 20% of the total cost for this build, which leaves money in your pocket for a future GPU upgrade later this year.
The i5-6500 was selected due to its great performance-per-watt, and at around $200 it's also a great deal.
Components like the Seasonic Snow Silent power supply, the Noctua fans, and the Samsung Pro boot drive make this build cool, quiet, and reliable.
This is my first custom build, and I would love to hear if you fellow builders have any comments. Thanks!
I do recommend adding a Samsung Evo 500GB for additional storage once the boot drive fills up.
Geekbench Score (64-bit): 4042 single core / 11875 multi core
Good value, with better performance-per-watt than i5-6600K.
Went with this over the base S340 because I wanted the flush rear I/O plate. I dig the green lights, and the tinted window has a mirrored finish that looks quite nice.
Ended up being my favorite component. Runs completely silent at under about 1/3 load, or 250W.