I actually got the GTX 980 ti for right at $438 at B&H right before they went out of stock. I did consider the 1070, but at the time, the prices were fluctuating so much that I wasn't sure how much I'd end up spending. But, when the 980 ti popped up on B&H at that low of a price, I went for it.
As for going with EVGA over Asus, there's not a real answer there. I'm still so new to this that I was sweating what the best companies were for each of these parts. I read review after review trying to suss out which parts to go for and I was considering making changes the day before the last part shipped. I did know I needed to go with parts from well known companies and EVGA seemed to have the best reputation. Then again, I know it's a case by case basis kinda thing.
Thanks for the recommendation on the fans. Noctua seemed to be the best brand of high quality fans during my research and I'll definitely go with your suggestion when it's time for an upgrade. Although, and this is just me, I kinda like the beige and brown color scheme they got going. With all the slick blacks and grays and green in computer parts, those earthy tones are so unique.
Thank you for your suggestion and glad to be part of the Glorious PC Master Race!
PRAISE BE HIS NAME!
Thanks, much appreciated.
And after the system posted for the first time, I started doing the Daniel Bryan "YES! YES! YES!" chant. I'm serious! XD
Peace be upon you brother! My your own frame rates and anti aliasing be splendid! LOL
Overall, I see it equal parts gaming and content creation. But when I was doing some freelance work last year, a lot of my production time gotten eaten up by render times. I know for a fact I could have tightened up and improved even some of my smaller projects if my hands weren't tied down, waiting for Media Encoder to finish.
The 100R, in my opinion, is a very good basic case. Cable management was a little bit of a headache, but the 850hxi has flat cables so that helped. Plus I'm not running any SATA drives... yet.
Also, "Sleeper" hmm... I have been looking for a name for this little guy