If you can believe it a few weeks ago I was still using an ageing LGA775 CPU (Q9650) & GTX460 as my main desktop. Video-editing & gaming had been a little painful for a while. The last few months saw a series of great products came to market and I finally stopped waiting for the 'next thing' and jumped for an upgrade. I wanted a great gaming (1440p @ 144hz) and video editing PC.
Case: I was lucky enough to win a Silent Base 600 in a competition via the beautiful folks at bit-tech and be quiet! Super grateful. It's a great case which is quiet, spacious and well-set out. Easy to build in.
The Maximus VIII Hero/6700k combo work really well. I can overclock easily and performance during video editing is unbelievable.
The 980Ti would normally be overkill for 1440p, but I was looking for a high refresh rate monitor. The combo with the PG279Q is great. Super smooth (144hz w G Sync) hi-res graphics (1440p IPS) leads to fabulous-looking gaming. I was stung a little with the GPU price though. I guess that's what happens when you walk in to a bricks-and-mortar store rather than ordering online like I did with the rest. The fan noise on the 980Ti is inaudible most of the time, though there are some flare ups at certain points in some games. I'm not troubled by it though.
After some research I found that the Dark Rock Pro might offer me a quieter computing experience with performance enough to rival certain AIO coolers. It copes easily with the mild overclock I'm running and I like the simplicity of air cooling.
I have a NAS for bulk storage of photos, videos etc. However I wasn't convinced that the 512GB capacity on the 950 Pro would be sufficient on its own over the longer-term; hence the two drives. The performance of the 950 Pro is outrageous as a system/boot drive.
Conclusion: I've left it a good while between upgrades & I certainly noticed! It may not be the best value-for-money build I've done but performance-wise it's in a different league.