My previous build (The ZX11) had been very good to me and has lasted me the past 5.5 years--only changes I made were to replace my two 580s with a 780ti Classified and switch from the two 120GB SSDs in RAID to a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO as my boot drive. I also added a third monitor a few years ago when the Korean 1440p IPS monitors hit Ebay (I snagged an Achieva Shimian QH270-LITE for $300).
However, about a month ago my oldest monitor blew it's power supply after over 10 years of usage. I replaced it with a new 4K Dell which is a great monitor, but it has started to show the weakness of the 780ti in 4K. I can play what I've tried at 4K, but I do notice some slowdowns (like when fighting 10+ enemies in Shadow Warrior 2). This got me looking into just replacing the GPU, but after researching the new parts that are out now, I got bit by the bug. I really wanted an m.2 SSD. I wanted USB 3.1. And also, I wanted to slim down.
The Case Labs TH10 was great to build in and offered me tons of space for my rads, but since I removed my SLI setup (and don't plan on doing SLI again--too many hassles with game support and the like) I no longer needed so much rad space. Also, the case is huge and not easy to move.
So, upgrade time!
The new build so far destroys everything I throw at it. Currently stable at 4.8GHz at 1.3V (can run 5GHz but needs 1.4V) on the CPU and hit +150/+500 on the GPU easy (just haven't tested higher). DOOM completely maxed at 4K/60fps at Vulkan Nightmare settings. GTAV maxed (except AA) at 4K/60. And the build is barely a whisper when running (fans go only from 20% to 40%) with the only lights inside being the two character display on the mobo being lit.
It met (and exceeded) my expectations. Now I have to consider whether to possibly get a Vive...
Full build log here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1620415/build-log-the-zx17-blackout