"Money is no object."
- Silent (inspired by Silent PC Review's "Quiet SLI Gaming PC Build Guide": http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1445-page1.html)
- Optionally expandable to 8x + 8x SLI while still supporting 4x PCIe SSD
- GTX 980 Ti supports the first year or two of VR gaming
- 32 GB RAM for lots of headroom for multitasking while rendering
- Takes advantage of NVMe with Intel 750 series SSD. 1.2 TB capacity so there's less worry about ever running out of space.
- NO data redundancy: assumes you will use an external RAID for backup and mass storage/archive.
Current available hardware pain points:
- No 6-core 6th gen i7 is currently available. Too bad, 'cause the extra core might be really good for rendering.
- NVIDIA Pascal GPUs are expected half way through 2016. They will likely make this 980 Ti seem like a bit of a waste of money.
Other notes: ASRock mobo because I was unhappy with my old Asus P5WDH Deluxe, so I want to stay away from Asus. Also the flagship Z170 Gigabyte won't fit this silent tower. Maybe there's an MSI that would be a good alternative?
Front USB 3.1 bay included in mobo is throwaway. It's wasteful, but this mobo still seemed the best choice for future expansion. Maybe there's a way to mod it so the ports can be accessed through an expansion slot opening...
RAM could be faster/cheaper maybe? ASRock lists F4-3000C15Q-32GRK as compatible when using 4 slots; this RAM has the exact same specs, same price, but uses only 2 slots, so I went with it instead. ASRock does NOT list F4-3200C16Q-32GTZB has compatible, but would probably be a better choice if they did (cheaper and faster, but also 2mm taller... not sure if it will interfere with CPU heat sink).