I built this system in stages, changing parts out over the last 3 years. I had the SSD, CPU, motherboard and RAM the longest and RMA'd my 7 year old Corsair HX750 80+ silver PSU and got a new HX750i in return.
I bought an Open Box GTX 970 for $289.99 a month or so after it's release. I was able to get a GTX 980 EVGA SSC for $254.99, then step that up to a GTX 980 Ti ACX 2.0 for the difference, which was $41 (+$25 shipping) and sell off the GTX 970 for $265.
The GPU musical chairs and the three Thermaltake Riing fans were the last changes I made to the PC (as seen in the pics). I painted my motherboard heat sinks, RAM and radiator white.
In the last 20 months or so I've seen everybody and every manufacturer get on board the black/white train, so naturally my build feels boring now. Black and red was still the thing when I got most of these parts, the main parts were black and red :).
Anyway, I'm finally posting this now because I've never been enthused to post a build for something I had long before I joined the site. However, I frequently get asked as to why I haven't posted any of my builds, so I thought I'd start with this one.
I hope you all enjoy it!