UPDATE 4/26/17 So, I caved in and decided to just go all out with this build. Returned the monitor and the GPU. Now running an EVGA 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 and an ACER X34 Predator ultrawide 3440x1440P 100Hz with GSYNC. Night and day difference between this monitor and the old one. And the graphics card is a beast. I did run into some bottlenecking issues though. I'm not sure where the bottlenecking is occurring, but in both BF1 and Ghost Recon Wildlands my CPU and GPU are both loaded at 100% and topping out around 50-60FPS. Obviously I was devastated by this. After messing with the internal rendering resolution in the game settings, I found that changing it from 1.00 to 0.97 pushed my FPS back up to between 90-100FPS. I'm not sure if the resolution of the ultrawide monitor is pushing the 1080 to its limits or if the CPU is the bottleneck. But, at 0.97 IRR I see no discernable difference in resolution. So it all works out I guess. I can run other games like Overwatch and DOOM at 100FPS and my CPU and GPU top out around 60% load. I must admit it was a little disheartening going from a 1070 with an ultrawide 1080P 75Hz monitor that ran everything perfect on ultra settings with no bottlenecking to my current bottlenecked setup. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know. Am I just pushing my GPU to the limits, or is my CPU the issue? I will also try to get pictures up to show the new setup and not the old one. *******************
I've been a hardcore console gamer since I was a kid. I've been on computers as well, but have always favored consoles. However, recently I have grown extremely tired of the BS associated with my Xbox one. Horrible frame rates, horrible hardware, horrible optical drive, etc...... So I decided it was time to abandon consoles and move on to bigger and better things. I'm an Electrical Engineer, so I figured building my own computer would come naturally to me. I currently work as an Automation Engineer, so the dynamics associated with computer building are easily relatable to my work.
Being accustomed to researching specs and verifying compatibility with components, after about a week of research I knew what I wanted to achieve from this build. Its main purpose is gaming. So first and foremost, it had to destroy the Xbox gaming experience. If it failed to do that, then it really wasn't worth it in the end. Other goals included being able to overclock and eventually run a 2K monitor. I originally set my budget at $1500 for everything. That budget didn't make it too long before being bumped up to $2000. So in the end my total cost including all peripherals was right around $2200.
Everything went together pretty smoothly. The only thing that really irritates me about the components used is the backplate for the I/Os on the motherboard. It is a piece of junk. A really nice board and then they cheap out on the backplate. Other than that, I am very happy with the build. And fortunately, everything powered up on the first try. Only issue I've had so far is when setting my RAM speed to 3000. It functions perfectly at 2933, but becomes unstable and refuses to POST at 3000. I'm sure this is a user error of some sort, and have not had the time to dig further into it. Other than that, I haven't really dug into overclocking yet and am only using the ASUS EZ overclocking feature. Right now it is overclocked 18% to 4.5GHz. Current CPU temps at idle are around 30deg. C and highest temps seen so far are 56deg C.
All in all, I consider this build a success. All games that I have currently have no issues on Ultra settings. And I must say, PC gaming is far superior to the consoles. I wish I would've converted sooner!