Madame Rouge will be used for everything I do on a computer- VM's, development work, weather forecast modeling, (I was also in the Air Force/Air National Guard as a Weather Forecaster) and yes WQHD gaming.
This build came about because back in September I got a killer deal on a 21:9 WQHD monitor ($585, and no it wasn't stolen) and I didn't have a computer that could utilize it. I have a Broadwell based XPS 13 Ultrabook and while it can get the 3440x1440 resolution, it can't do much more than that especially gaming- even the graphic intensive 'Zombie Bowl-o-Rama' couldn't open. :-P
I'll try to keep the parts section as brief as I can, but knowing me, it might not happen.
PROCESSOR - i7 6700K I waited for quite a while before purchasing this, as it was WAY overpriced from Intel's MSRP especially around the Holidays. I chose this because I wanted the processor power for my Weather Modeling Software, VM's, and gaming, which I plan on getting back into. Since this is the first time I ever OC'd a processor I stayed with MSI's Game Boost which is 4.4GHz, at least until I get comfortable with messing with multipliers, etc.
CPU COOLER - DeepCool Captain 240 To be honest, I don't see a lot of builds on here using this cooler and that kind of concerned me. After using it for a while I can say that it's pretty decent. Idle temp for my CPU is 28, and that's with an OC to 4.4 GHz. I haven't yet run a stress test of it, but for now it gets the job done nicely. I have to admit though that the Steampunk look is kind of cool, and it matches my build theme rather well. An upgrade path would be to attempt liquid cooling, and that might be something to try once I get more research on it.
MOTHERBOARD - MSI Z170A G45 Gaming This is not the motherboard I initially wanted to go with, but when I was looking on Amazon and saw it on sale for $95, (originally $179 at the time I bought it) I couldn't pass it up. Overall I'm really happy with this mobo. I like the header/connector placements, plenty of room for AIO brackets/hardware, and the general aesthetics. It does have a couple of quirks however: A funky m.2 configuration when used in conjunction with the SATA ports/PCI-E slots (see manual for details); Only two of the three PCI-E slots are 'reinforced'.
MEMORY - G.SKILL Ripjaw (2400) DDR4 I did some research regarding RAM compatibility with the motherboard and this was on the list, plus it was a steal for $115 for 32GB of RAM. Yes, it's probably overkill, but having the headroom for work-related development/VM's as well as keeping up my skills in Weather guessing will be nice.
STORAGE - Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 & WD Black Series 1TB HDD After reading about the MVNE M.2 drives, and getting a little sale on it, I decided to see for myself just how nice they are. Overall I'm very happy with its performance. I honestly didn't need the WD 1TB drive, as I have a 12TB RAID 5 server for all of my storage needs, but it does give me some wiggle room for storing VM's etc. PROTIP Ignore your OCD tendencies when trying to get the M.2 Samsung label (which faces upside down on the mobo) to face in the right direction- It doesn't work. :-P
GPU - MSI Nvidia GTX 980Ti Probably the hardest purchasing decision of the entire build for me. I haven't had a desktop in over 12 years, with the last one being a P4-based Dell 'Dementia' (:-P) with an ATI Radeon X700 GPU, so spending $600+ on a GPU was a hard pill to swallow. I thought about getting a GTX 970 and waiting for Pascal to come out later this year, but having the extra horsepower of the 980Ti matches well with the 21:9 WQHD monitor I've got, so I went with my buddy's adage: "Buy once, cry once".
CASE - NZXT Noctis 450 Not having a desktop for over a decade, I forgot that there are SO many cases on the market to choose from! With the Noctis 450, I liked the layout as well as it reminding me of the F-117 Stealth Fighters from my active duty USAF days. It's 'blingy' without being excessive, cable management is pretty good, the PWM fan hub is a blessing, and I like the PSU shroud with the red-lit logo.
PSU - EVGA G2 750 Watt 80+ Gold A friend of mine recommended that I look at Seasonic or EVGA PSU's and the ratings/reviews of this one convinced me that it's the one for me.
WIFI CARD - ASUS PCE 68 AC1900 Unfortunately, I can't have a wired connection. I wasn't going to get this one initially but since I have the ASUS RT AC 68U WiFi router it pairs nicely.
PSU EXTENSIONS I'm really impressed with quality of these custom sleeved extensions. I could almost repel down the side of my work building they're that solid. Yes, they're expensive and not necessary, but they add a touch of personalization to mark the system as mine. I had to route the PCI-E extensions in the opposite direction due to the way they were curved- Trying to reshape them in the direction of the case cutout doesn't work since the inside wires are shorter in order to maintain their curve. Still, I like the look.
MONITOR - Samsung S34E790C What can I say? It's 21:9 3440x1440 goodness. No, it's not the bada$$ 100Hz Acer Predator X34, but for a 60Hz WQHD monitor it's pretty darn awesome. Media looks great, the subtle curve makes me feel immersed in the action. I've not had a lot of time to try gaming on it yet, but once I finish a build for my Dad for his B-Day, that will change.
There you have it, my long-winded synopsis of my desktop that I'm REALLY happy with. If you've read this far, thanks for stopping by!