"That's no VCR, that's a Battlestation!"
Yes you read that build name correctly; this isn't for 4K streaming, this is for 4K gaming!!!
Thank you to MSI for the giveaway and thank you for taking the time to view my build. I'm busy and I'm sure you are as well so I won't waste your time with a novel's worth of information. So without further ado:
Skylake i5-6600K. Arguably all you need for gaming, unlocked so you can overclock to squeeze out a bit more performance.
A wise man once said "the best air cooler is the biggest Noctua you can fit in your case." My selected case limits cooler clearance to 138mm so I went with the 125mm Noctua NH-U9S. Much better than stock cooling and will allow for light to moderate OC'ing.
Went with the MSI Z170A GAMING PRO. Chose this over the other mobo's in the series based on the lower cost. I prefer to prioritize my costs elsewhere in the build.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 CAS 15. 8GB is all you need for most use case but for a $2k build might as well go with 16 gigs
Standard fare. Samsung EVO 250GB SSD for boot drive and important programs, WD Caviar Blue 1TB for everything else.
Not one but two MSI R9 390s in crossfire. Would two 390X's have been better for 4K? Sure but not by terribly too much and would've pushed me over budget. What about the 980Ti? One of the main reasons I went with Team Red was for affordable Freesync panels; no way a 4K G-Sync monitor would've fit in budget.
The real star of the show IMHO. Similar to some others I was slightly disappointed that the contest guidelines restricted us to ATX and EATX form factors. But as one of the MSI reps strongly suggested, its pretty unwise to look a (potential) gift horse in the mouth so I set out to make the best of it. What I ended up with is the SilverStone Grandia GD09. At only 26.8 liters, this case is same size or smaller than many mATX cases and even some of the larger mITX cases. Technically an HTPC case, cooling may turn out to be an issue with all the hardware I'm planning to cram in but we'll throw Noctua fans at the bridge when we come to it.
AMD knows how to make some hungry cards, so I went with the XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular to feed the beast.
Windows 10 Home 64-bit so we can get hit the ground running and a Noctua NF-F12 PWM case fan to help with air flow.
The real kicker here though is the AOC U2879VF! 4K, 28", 1ms response, only $400!!!
Hope you enjoyed my build guide. I tried (and pretty sure I succeeded in) designing something differentiated from your standard mid-tower build that you would expect from an ATX form factor. If you think so too and you like what I've done here feel free to drop me a like and maybe we can see this become a reality. I'm open to any suggestions to make this better as well, drop a comment!