This is an update to my Blade Dragon build. I've actually made a few updates since my last post but haven't gotten around to posting anything due to school and gaming taking up all my time :P So here are some of the upgrades I made and why:
-850 evo ssd: I purchased this to enable more cache use by the SSD, as on the 840 it was capped around 2gbs, and I have a ton of ram I'm not using as much for VM's anymore. I put the older 840 into a media box I have in my living room.
-R9 Fury Nano: I was really tempted to purchase the fury x, but reading reviews and looking at performance differences, I couldn't justify the 120 dollar increase in cost for less than 10% performance increase. This card runs quiet and blows through all of my games maxed out. Currently playing Dark Souls 3 and Black Desert Online maxed out and they look great on my other new part! :D
-LG 34UM67-P: I've been eyeing 4k monitors and Large Format monitors for quite a while now, and finally got to see a 21:9 ultrawide in person. It was exactly what I wanted in the end and would fit not only my desk, but the size that I was looking for while being a reasonable resolution so I could push my games a bit further. Freesync is great on it, and the color reproductions are awesome. The speakers on it are really good too, and as I wallmounted it above my soundbar on a long arm, I can turn it to face the bed for SlingTV or Netflix off of a Nexus Player.
-Sony HT-CT80 Soundbar: My Creative speakers finally died after having them almost 8 years, and I had some spare Pioneers sitting around from an old surround sound set, so I swapped over to those and had a massive space loss on my desk for a while. Eventually(like 2 months) the old receiver I had with them started to die as well :( and rather than purchase another receiver, I wanted to gain some desk space back. So I shopped around and settled on the Sony soundbar, as I currently have an older larger Sony HT150 in my living room and know that they work great. I wall mounted it just above my desk so I can run cabling, then wall mounted the monitor above it, just high enough so I can have my Surface pro 2 and dock fit underneath. This gave me my two monitor setup I need for research needs and gaming, while giving me all of my desk space back. The soundbar supports bluetooth, optical, usb, and 3.5mm inputs, so I currently use the optical to my desktop, and the bluetooth to the surface and nexus player. Works great to just play music while reading, or while watching shows.
All in All, I'm really happy with how it came out and getting ready for Zen for my next set of upgrades :) I may have a friend buying this desktop minus the Fury Nano so I can make an ultra small desktop as my next build :D