This is a remix and change on my build that I've already posted but I figured it needed a redux.
I use this PC for producing and mastering of electronic dance music and also for gaming. I had an old dual core Celeron that I've been using for years that was able to handle most of my needs but it had a GT 630 and 6 gb of ddr2 so outdated was an understatement. On top of that it could hardly handle 720p let alone 1080 at low settings so gaming was laggy and not inspiring. As far as production went, quality was decent and it never needed more than two cores to handle new tracks but the ram and the bandwidth provided definitely bottlenecked my creativity. Too many layers or effects and the playback and even the recording would get choppy... a change had to be made.
I looked at x99, bleeding edge was beautiful but using that many threads isn't quite necessary... yet...
z87 and z97; now those are parts for the people! The working man's computer! Z170 was on the way but I had no way of knowing exactly what first launch boards would have for me nor the prices so even though I want ddr4, I can wait a couple years. z87 called to me as there weren't enough differences that would directly effect me in a way that justified the price difference. I also love customizing everything so I bought the Gryphon so that I could paint the armor and make everything clean. I wanted a smaller footprint as to give me more desk space so mATX was my option of choice soon could think about sli later if I wanted. Now the PC hardly shrugs while producing tracks and is able to be easily moved if I am to produce elsewhere or if I take it to a venue to both DJ/VJ.
I originally purchased a GALAX GTX 970 EXOC for 1080p gaming and was so happy with the difference. The card is monster and plays everything at 60fps without issue and boosts like crazy. I decided though, to take the plunge and buy a 50in 4k tv so the 970 didn't quite cut it and even though I had it for a month it was time to upgrade. The choice was an easy one so I bought an ASUS GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum so I can hybrid watercool it later as well as the fact that it is cherry picked to be a great OC card. All games can play at 1440p with all of the bells and whistles as well as older games in 4k maxed and that is perfect to me. Currently the 970 is going for sale for $280.
Reviews for parts are on previous build
Faster than a Titan X and is very quiet compared to others. Has water cooling built in so that I can plug and play vs buying a block down the road and already boosts to 1520 without touching voltage so I'm happy.