These are the parts I hand picked. From the end of October to the end of November when I made the final purchase. IF, I had paid full retail + tax, these parts go for about $4,400 With patience, it saved myself $1,600 or 39%. Final cost: $2,867 After building systems for family, it was time for me to get what I wanted. I wanted to hop on the latest and greatest that started coming out in early September. I had been waiting for 6 months. I knew it was going to be a premium price, but every single purchase came with a discount, or stacked discount, rebate, free offer, gift card etc. I could not buy these parts any lower than what I paid at that time period.
This system will allow me to upgrade into the near future. Test out overclocking, buy additional video cards, RAM etc. I want to stress this system and see what it can do toward gaming, video editing, and a few other projects I have in mind.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I took as this project was just as fun as taking the snap shots :)
notes: I had experience with ASROCK motherboards in the past. I felt for the money, you get a load of features packed inside. When the "ASROCK X99 OC Formula" dropped in price AND a $50 rebate, I could not refuse. The only MB issue I need to fix is one of the USB3.0 MB headers is 2.0 :( Could be a BIOS setting for me to look at.
"5960X",..... drive to Micro Center, the prices can not be beat on the planet. I wanted full power for the future :)
"Thermaltake Chaser A71" I liked the side windows with fan and space. The only issue I have with this case is with a H105 CPU cooler with high RAM sticks, you will be touching the H105 fans. I must have re-done this setup of the H105 4-5 times. Was not happy until I installed 12mm fans. Now these "push" fans hardly even touch. I am not worried as the RAM temps don't even get warm. I have 2 additional fans on top of the H105.
"EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0". I liked what I heard and read of this video card. You just have to pay the premium price as the demand is so much greater than the supply. I was not happy paying the listed retail, but I did end up with a free $60 new game release. I got something that was free.
"EVGA 1000W Power supply" Same for above video card. Good brand, quality, upper end part.
"G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400" Similar to the video card, very few price drops on DDR4 RAM. I killed the deal on this purchase :) 1-$30 price drop match, 2-additional 10% off, 3-throw in a Military discount.
"Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" SSD" Newegg price drop to $259.99, bought 2.
The rest of the system came from existing parts, 2-3TB HD's, 2-2TB HD's, mouse, keyboard, triple monitors.
It is a complete joy to turn on my new system every morning. I have to thank Santa for this present to myself :)
July 2015 update
1-Added NZXT Hue LED controller for some led lighting
2-Added 16GB RAM for total of 32GB. Found a great price
In BIOS, created a XMP profile and bumped up to the next level.
3-Added Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 SSD. Fastest on the planet. It was meant to be.
Made 7 tweaks to this M.2 drive has it contains my OS.
Pictures 9 - 14 reflect the July additions
August 6th 2015 update
1-I did it again. Bought a second Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 drive
Newegg regular $399.99, purchase price with discounts $314.99
Fastest M.2 on the planet
August 19, 2015
When back to overclocking the processor. At 4.0Ghz seems very stable. When I do very heavy video editing, I see temps at 65C/149F under 100% usage. Stock speed of 3.2Ghz temps at , 48.8C/120F/100%. The real time difference is a video editing project went from 3hrs 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. I trimmed the time by 45mins with OC@4.0Ghz, but the extra heat comes with it
October 01, 2015
Delivery of my new 4K monitor: Dell 27 UltraHD 4K Monitor - P2715Q. Delivery, setup, connection went perfect. Only setting I changed was the ms to "fast 6ms" in the monitor settings. Impression "WOW". I use this center monitor for my gaming. Kept 2 of the 3 1080's for the side monitors of my triple monitor setup. I like it. Next up...Will consider in 2016 the new Nvidia Pascal video cards. Pascal is geared toward 4K monitors and will depart with my current 980 when the time comes.
August 03, 2016 In...MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X Hybrid. Out with the EVGA 980 ACX 2.0 video card. Sea Hawk X is sooo cold and sooo quiet. Boot 25.5C, gaming 31C at 1080 resolution, 41-43C at 4K resolution. One click of the "OC Mode" button and solid 2012MHz. The card is more than what I expected in performance.