So this beast came to be as I'm sure many can relate to on here; the desire to upgrade a few components of an existing rig leads to the inevitable desire to go "all in" and pretty much do an entire new build.
My previous rig was a Haf X case wrapped around a phenomenal Sandy Bridge 2600k. The CPU had been overclocked from day one to 5ghz, and in the more recent year or so down to 4.9ghz. No particular reason mind you just felt at the time like easing off it a little.
I had already been sprucing this system up and got the 980Ti at launch, followed by the ROG Swift and a 500GB Samsung Evo 850 for my games. These components were what came with me for the new build, everything else was purchased new.
Besides my trusty keyboard and mouse. I was gonna upgrade them, but tbh, I love my mouse and keyboard just fine, and despite not being a mechanical board which seem to be all the rage I've always enjoyed my keyboard for function and aesthetic value just fine.
Put a lot of thought into this configuration, was really agonising over x99 or Skylake, 6700k vs 5820k. Obviously there is immediate benefits for video rendering etc to the hexacore, and then there is the potential future gaming gains. But in the end after a tonne of research I saw the latest Digital Foundry i7 faceoff video and that pretty much sealed it for 6700k. In the right here and now, with its superior IPC it offers the better gaming performance, and that's what I use my PC for 95% of the time.
Have already played a tonne of games, performance is lovely, as to be expected. But then, my SB system was almost equally lovely and tbh it is hard to tell a difference most of the time. GTA V is a notable exception as that game clearly has higher minimum fps, which is great cause I love the game to death.
To be clear though, this wasn't a build done out of necessity, more because I just wanted a change; a sleek new look, a new platform and some measure of future proofing.
I'm using the 950 PRO for OS, one 850 EVO for Steam, one 850 EVO for the others eg Origin/GOG/Uplay and a 3TB WD Black for mass storage; pics/videos etc.
Not a whole lot more to say really. Yes the PSU is massive overkill, sue me lol. I like a big beefy looking power supply and this one has ridiculously good review ratings and is wonderfully efficient. Dual Pascal may be in the future and although it will still be overkill it will be less so then I suppose. Tbh though I do like having a powerful single card as opposed to 2 weaker ones. I have dealt with many issues previously with two card configurations and when it's performance is sub optimal it stings how much it cost to buy. A single 1080Ti should suffice :-P
Both CPU and GPU have healthy stable overclocks applied and I'm very happy with thermals.
Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks for looking at my build!