I came to the realization that with the baby on the way, it's either get my computer into the condition I want it in for the next 5 years or get pissed as it craters out. The i7 I've got (4790) is 4.0Ghz on the clock. That combined with 16GBs of RAM should be more than enough hardware for the near future. The problem was a single GTX970 really can't handle 4K, nor can any single card solution. Maybe a Titan, but a single Titan is more than 2 970s. My original Mainboard also will not support multiple PCE-16x slots. So, I dug around newegg, found some good parts. Then decided to check Fry's since I needed a new monitor and some other stuff for the office. I found everything I wanted/needed at Frys and to be honest, the markup wasn't bad at all (the MSI 970 was $10 more at Fry's than on Newegg). Other parts were about the same. They have become very price competitive on PC parts.
Don't know about anything else.
My new build is as follows:
ASUS Z-97 Deluxe
Intel i7 4790K
2 MSI GTX970
1 120GB SSD for the OS
1 240GB SSD for games I want to run fast
1 1TB HDD for games I don't care about (and porn).
The install went incredibly well. No bad parts, no failures to boot (except me thinking A2 was an error code when it turns out my test monitor was set to HDMI rather than DVI, so I got no video). Windows 8 just picked up the new Mainboard and I was setting up SLI in no time. But... I had to build the damn thing first. I don't remember the model case I bought, I do know it's fucking huge though and has easy support for SSD (2.5") trays. You can click on the pictures for a bigger version.
First thing was pulling the back case fan off to make room for my liquid-cooler. They had a good price, like $50, and the recommended fan cooler was about the same. So I went with water.
I maybe should have put the board in first, but that water block is heavy and I really didn't want to flailing around waiting to smack the shit out of my new board.
i7 came out. Whoever did the grease job was amateur hour. From what I could read, the old pea sized dot still works, but you can get a bit better coverage by using a bit more. So, I had about double pea sized and everything went on ok.
Finding the right angle to install the block at was annoying. I remember when even high-end boards were just yellow/green circuit boards.
Old card and RAM went in with little issue. New card, same thing. Was going to put it down near the PSU (a new 1000W), but I decided against it (EDIT: Pretty sure that's the other 16x/8x slot. Swear I read the manual, whatever, check when I get home). Still don't if I should have mounted the PSU the way I did, but the fan's an intake. The case has a vent on the bottom, but these new bottom mounted PSU case weird me out. I might actually need to get another 1-2 fans for more inward airflow, since the CPU fans blow out. But I wanted to get this thing up and running first, worry about airflow later after I've checked temps under load.
FFXIV: Went from (at max everything 4K) 25FPS to 85FPS. Something about transparent lighting in that game craters my FPS. I don't know why, but it's the only thing disabled. I need to benchmark a few other games, but Jovial was on so we decided to rob banks in Payday2. I'm in about $2200 for the build now, that includes the old board, case, and PSU I don't know what to do with. Not cheap, but I think since I've gone back to PC this should keep me going for more than a few years. If push came to shove, I could even drop down to 2K. I'm considering benchmarking a few games at 1080p and 2K. I know my rig out of the box would do 90FPS at 2K. Or around there.
Oh well, it was fun and painless (except on the wallet), which is rare for a PC build. Guess hardware's come a long way since I poked at it with a magnetized screwdriver.