This build is still in progress- I planned my upgrade from 1150 to newer chipset for a while and ended up with X99 in mITX for factor. Theoretically X99 isn't much newer than 1150 was, but, it features many more future proof technologies than 1150 (Z97) and is slightly better-more powerful than current mainstream flagship Z170 too.
This was first part I purchased for my new build. Initial plans were to keep my 980 Ti and add few more, so 5820K or 5930K was a logical choice for me as I also wanted M.2 drive which takes 4x extra PCI lines, 5820K was a minimum for that with it's 28 lanes but I won eBay auction for brand new & sealed 5930K for the price of 5820K, so, that's why there is a bit of an overkill CPU.
Very difficult choice for me as initially I planned to go for an ATX board and oh my, there are so many nice boards around, couldn't decide between better looking or more functional one... while googling around I accidentally found my final choice- the World's only mITX X99 board from ASRock, didn't know it actually exists.
This board features less X99 distinct advantages like quad channel RAM or SLI, but it is still very powerful board with loads of features out of the box. Also cable connector layout is very nice and suits my Corsair 250D case much better compared to my previous MSI board. It is many times better a way more logical, only 24pin cable goes over the board while all other are managed around the edges where on most mITX boards, everything is located somewhere around the top of the board on you end up covering whole board with cable here and there. Especially liked SATA connectors- just like on the ATX boards, they are located on the edge of the board facing sideways, very pleased to see that on mITX, where in many cases you see them chaotically placed and facing upwards on those little boards.
Been a little bit sceptic about ASRock branded items before, but this one proved that ASRock is very competitive alternative to more expensive names, package design and finish is slightly outdated as is their website too, but actual product- motherboard- is on par with MSI and Asus, and the fact that this is the only X99 mITX board makes... what can I say MSI & Asus- shame on you, ASRock team made impossible - possible and I'm very thankful for that!
UPDATE After few weeks of testing, I realised that Noctua is not enough for my needs and I went for basic AIO water cooling from Cooler Master- Seidon 120 v.2. Nothing too sophisticated or so, but it lowered temperatures for at least 10'C on idle and 20'C when fully loaded, now I can easily clock CPU to 4.6GHz and pass burn test without failure, before temps went up to 90'C and test failed. I'll update parts list and pictures soon.
Also, what's more important, I can keep my silent profile on fans and CPU when clocked to the same 4.1GHz as before, never really exceeds 55-60'C, very positive- when I do large renderings, my PC is still almost silent.
Currently I have Noctua NH U9DX i4, it is probably the most powerful air cooling solution for X99 mITX build, it's perfect fit in my chassis and keeps temperatures at low overclocking up to Intel's recommended. My stable clock is 4.12Ghz and 1.6V, that's probably the golden way for now- is much faster than base clock (3.5GHz at 1.5V) , and also not overheating much, couldn't get stable 4.2 with same the voltage, so not pushing it any further for now.
My Titan X Pascal was a bit of an impulse purchase, I was looking towards SLI, either 3 way 980 Ti or 2way 1070, or maybe 1080s... but ended up with single Titan X Pascal. Why? Well, I considered other options mostly because I didn't expect nVidia will release flagship card this soon after 1080, but it happened, and because I found this mITX board for my CPU, I thought, why not making my pretty beefy mITX build even more??! So I ordered Titan card, then new motherboard and other parts...
I know I could get more performance out of 2x 1080x, or even 2x 1070 in some applications, but the idea about beefy mITX was very seductive and my mind's crazy side won at the end. Also, let's not forget, that single flagship GPU, is generally better choice than multi GPU setup. I see from some benchmarks now that DX12 games scales quite badly on SLI and this is where Titan X's mighty power comes in handy- stable 60fps on 4K Ultra is possible with this card, if not out of the box, then definitely after some OC.
This is where I spent a lot of money on this build. Your system is as fast as your slowest part, and since very early days of PCs, storage was always the slowest part of any build, so I made no compromises on this and opted for almost the fastest consumer drives on the market now- 950 Pro 512GB for system and 850 Pro 1TB for games/software. Added HDD for file handling, they're still much more reliable when it comes to important date storage solutions and in case it fails- it is much easier to recover files from HDD than from SSD.
Speeds are as advertised and M.2 Ultra drive is really a dream piece, before I had my Windows installed on 850 Evo and it always felt slightly sluggish at some point when compared to similarly spec'd system with M.2. Z97 really lost my interest of incompatibility of handling M.2 Ultra connection, only X99 or Z170 can do this at the moment. Windows literally flies now, all software opens and operates at incredible speed and game loading times are at absolute minimum. It is strange as I had my games installed on SSDs before too, but with M.2 on system, loading times are 3-4 times faster. Also Adobe runs much faster. 950 pro is crazy expensive for what it is- about 2.5x more, but it is well worth in system like mine is.
Mistakenly bought underpowered PSU when built my old computer, rushed and ordered what was in stock, and 550 watts was the only back then... If it was at least 650 or 750, would leave that in place, but yeah, ended up with ordering new one now. Saved a little here now- refurbished Corsair was fairly priced and so got that, it's just 12 months warranty but hopefully it will last me some time after that too.
32GB in my case isn't overkill, running Adobe Premiere and Adobe Aftereffects easily eats up almost all of this, on previous 16GB machine I regularly ran out of RAM.
Stayed with my old 250D here, still in good shape and thanks to intake filters- nice and clean inside, also one of the rare mITX which is capable of custom water cooling loop inside - something I'm planning in near future now as temps are pretty high and limits my OC quite a bit.
Got this monitor for good price from my friend, wasn't sure if I need a 4K screen at first, but since the price was very reasonable and I ended up paying less than 100£ for this upgrade I thought why not. Compared to old Samsung screen, which was 27" HD res or 1080p, this 28" is much nicer, even though I rescale it in Windows to 150%, pixel density is what makes it much better, nice and clean and that's what was biggest downside of the old screen where pixels were big and quite noticeable and screen looked like on 5y old super big screen phone.
I think this is probably the most affordable 4K all rounder, there are more tech packed gaming specific screens and also much more precise visual editing panels, but all of them cost a way more with some examples hitting 1k mark or more, so this screen is like sweet spot- does everything on average level and cost just a portion of those best in class.
That's about all for now, thanks for taking time reading this all, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions- feel free leaving comment and I'll answer as best as I can!