I've been tinkering around forums and newegg for a while and have a wishlist put together but nothing finalized yet. I looked at the corsair case you used and loved the simple elegance of it but didn't know how the airflow would be. I don't need to build something immediately so I'll probably wait until the 300 series releases. Worst case scenario the 200 series cards will drop in price. Mind if I drop you a line when I get the parts put together to get your opinion? I'm taking my 850w psu and my solid state drives and HDD's from my current desktop so that saves a few hundo already.
I saw in one of your comments that you don't use any programs that utilize your CUDA cores. Do you not use GPU acceleration when working in after effects or premiere? I am about to embark on a build for both editing and some occasional gaming and keep going back and forth between the 290x and the gtx980. Adobe CC will utilize both cards so I was wondering what kind of performance increase you got out of premiere with that processor coupled with the 980.