So my friend Jon has been gaming on an old PC with a Sandy Bridge i7 and a Quadro 4000 GPU. He was running Rocket League on lowest settings possible at 1080, and he couldn't even run a couple games that he wanted to such as the Battlefront Beta and Star Citizen. So, he started talking about doing an upgrade. I suggested that he just get a new video card, perhaps a GTX 970, GTX 980, or 980Ti. But no, Jon wanted to go all the way to start playing games at 4k and money was no object. He was planning to buy a 4k TV and game from his couch. So the part selection process started with him picking a case that would fit into his media center, and then just buy the best of everything that will fit into the case. Ultimately it was the case that gave us problems, as neither of us could find a maximum PSU length listed anywhere. It turns out the EVGA 1000W P2 was too long, and wouldn't fit into the case because of the non-removable hard drive bays. I think we were both heartbroken when we found that the PSU wouldn't fit the case. I started talking about whether we should return the case or the PSU, but instead Jon pulled out his drill, drilled out the rivets, and moved the hard drive bay out of the way. So for now there is no HDD, but he's planning to 3d print a solution. I got less and less consistent at taking pictures as the build went on, so there's no pictures of the cooler mounted, and no pictures post-cable management. They will come. There also hasn't been an OC yet on the CPU or GPU, but there honestly isn't a need yet either as he has yet to get the 4K TV and is gaming at 1080p, which this computer destroys without breaking a sweat.
The hard drive bay temporary modification can be seen in several of the pictures.
The SLI bridge was added, just not shown in pictures.
Cable management was done, again not pictured.
The optical drive seen in the final image was there only to install the OS and LAN driver.
Much easier to install than expected. Is so far keeping the CPU extremely cool, and expect that it will after overclocking as well.
Extremely full featured mATX board, as well as one of the nicest looking motherboards I've ever laid eyes on. The HOTS box is a little bit gimmicky though.
Fast, low latency, and a gorgeous heat spreader.
Amazing how fast this little guy is. Super easy to install, insanely fast.
The 980 Ti is a beast of a card, EVGA is an amazing company, and Nvidia has put together a beautiful and quiet reference cooler that has an obvious feel of quality.
Nice looking case, seems to have good build quality. Unfortunately a maximum PSU length was not listed anywhere, and because of that we bought a power supply that was too large for the case which interfered with the non-removable hard drive cage.
Everything about this power supply is amazing, right down to the quality of the packaging and accessories included in the box.
Dead quiet, looks good, and I can definitely feel it moving a lot of air.