Greeting fellow PC Building enthusiasts!
Originally this build started out as a simple upgrade to my old build Decidedly Last Gen but it soon turned into a completely new build that was revised about 3-4 times. If you're a big fan of long descriptions then stick around, if not then I'll put a TL;DR at the bottom lol
At first I just wanted to swap out my 770's for a beefy 3 slot 980ti, something like the Zotac 980ti AMP! Extreme edition. After searching for a bit on eBay I found one that had the option of giving a "Best Offer", so I offered what I saw other 980ti's were going for at the time (about $380 two months ago). Almost two days go by and I never got a counteroffer (but my offer was still waiting) so I started looking for other cards because I figured the seller was just going to let my offer expire. I found the same model (Zotac 980ti AMP! Extreme) that had about an hour left in bidding, I jumped on it. The bids go to $390 but I won the card! I immediately paid the seller and then to my horror I saw a notification pop up in my browser... The seller of the ORIGINAL 980ti that I had sent an offer to accepted it, with not counter offer! insert panic and profuse sweating here
So here I am a few days later with 2 monster sized 980ti's at a loss for what to do. I decide that I'll keep one of them and sell the other one locally to get some extra cash maybe for a shiny new monitor. Before selling the extra card however I tried installing one of them inside my Air 240 so I could sell the 770's as well... No dice. The card fits length wise (even with a radiator) but is too wide for the power cables to be plugged in with the side panel on. So now I have 2 beefy 980ti's that I can't even use in my build (in it's current state). insert higher level of panic here
That day I decide to sell my Decidedly Last Gen build and make an entirely new build based off the 980ti's in SLI. I run through a few options and finally find a motherboard and case that would fit these two in SLI (the EVGA Z170 Classified and Air 540 were my choices) at which point I start buying parts. First I bought the 6600k, another SSD, the CPU cooler and some fans... I'm really lucky that I did these first because that SAME WEEK the new GTX 1070's released; they had performance that rivaled my 980ti's, had more VRAM, consumed less power and had some badass aftermarket coolers. insert frustration here
At this point I'm at a crossroads, do I keep the 980ti's and continue to build a monster of a computer or do I sell them and free up some funds for buying into the new 10XX series? After looking at dozens of benchmarks, asking around on multiple subreddits and forums I decided to sell the 980ti's. I'm not going to list ALL of the reasons that led me to this conclusion but I'm 85% sure it was the right choice, feel free to criticize me (constructively of course) if you want to in the comments. I quickly sold the 980ti's locally (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and used the extra money to buy a P279Q, some sweet sleeved cables and a PSU! I ordered the other parts online while deliberating over which 10XX series card to buy... The new EVGA ACX 3.0 shroud has been a point of contention for a lot of people lately but I actually really dig them; I thought they might look rad in SLI so I went ahead and bit the bullet on two of them from Best Buy, they price matched Amazon so it wasn't a bad deal... Now if I could only get a HB SLI Bridge from EVGA that would be STELLAR!
So that's pretty much it! Like I said before, I managed to score a P279Q off Craigslist and the difference between my old 1080p 60hz monitor is HUGE. Playing Overwatch, Doom and other fast paced games is like night and day. I went with a Steel Series keyboard because I don't like how loud mechanical keyboards are but I still wanted something that felt good to type on, got the mouse to match it. I used an SSD from one of my old builds Portable Gaming Box so I didn't need to buy a new Windows license. The desk was from Ikea, it's the MALM fold out desk with a rolling cabinet, great for storing screws/tools/computer parts!
TL;DR - After going through a bunch of revisions (one of which involved swapping my GPU choice after I had already bought 2) I landed on a 6600k, 1070 SLI setup that I'm more than happy with!
Any comments/questions are greatly appreciated!