NOTE: Prices are what I paid for them new plus tax (some even gouged that I bought right after release).
So I have been putting this beast together over the last several months (Starting early August 2016). Started out with a 3770K and an MSI MPower Z77 board with the stock cooler and barely overclocked along with Patriot signature 8GB 1600MHz RAM. The 650 Ti was quickly replaced with the (then) pride of my build... My Zotac AMP! Extreme 1080 (Late August 2016) as well as starting out with the basic Acer G257HU. After about another month I upgraded the CPU, RAM and MB, with significant increase in performance despite what anyones says about them being so close as not to warrant an upgrade. In CPU intensive games such as WoW and Battlefield it made a HUGE difference. Over time I have upgraded and added every part of my starter build found here; https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BL8GxY .
In January 2017 added the X34 and started gaming in 21:9 (with the G257HU now a side monitor) and quickly set the X34 to 100Hz mode, very easy to do. The setup is fantastic but some games do not really work well in Windowed mode so it doesn't help in every situation having dual monitors, but the X34 and the 1080 I had at the time are a great combo. The 6700K @4.6GHz has no trouble running anything (that's well optimized) and stays at a cool 55C or so under gaming loads.
Now onto the 1080 Ti. Not only is the card fast, but it is MUCH quieter than the 1080 AND much cooler. The stock fan profile is perfectly fine as far as cooling goes and my card tops out about 65C. The stock clock speed hits and stays at 2000MHz under load (out of the box) and will occasionally hit up to 2012-2025MHz no problem. From everything I have seen this card also has plenty of OC headroom and will overclock up to an additional 5-10 fps. The LED's are hands down the best of any rig out there. They are similar to the ones on my Corsair MM800 Polaris Mouse pad, and are BRIGHT. They also can be tuned to any color on the RGB spectrum, can be set to a rainbow color wave, or a color cycle. Other than that you are limited to simple breathing and static one-color solutions. However you can also change the LED's based on the card being in idle mode or active mode. So once the card boots up proper, it will change to whatever option you program it to. Pretty awesome even if limited.
The only thing wonky with this card is the fan profile. Booting in and out of its "idle/active" modes for the first few times gives a massive rev of the fans, but after a day or two it stops. Furthermore is the very easy to miss option to turn the stop fan profile off. And there are two fan profiles running together basically. Under "Spectra" (for whatever reason) there is a down arrow on the side of the middle panel which reveals a hidden option to turn the stop fan tech off. This allows you to use manual, advanced, or any custom profile without issue.
This card definitely needs to be "broken in" a little (weird right?) Firstly the CD is utterly useless, it has an old version of Firestorm which renders the LED's unusable, and the driver is not up to date either. So you definitely need to get those from the internet (Zotac's website and GeForce Experience, respectively). Once I did that the LED's were completely unresponsive at first but as soon as I started messing with them they loosened up (seriously weird) Now they work perfectly. The other issue,as mentioned, was the fans. They were completely unresponsive when I first got the card. MSI: AB simply would not work. Changing the fan speed in Firestorm also would not work. So I decided to fire up the one game I knew would test the card; Battlefield 1. As soon as the game fires up the fans spin up to a crazy 120% speed and make this massive VOOOOM noise. And then proceeded to work perfectly fine. Quit BF1, fired up WoW, as soon as I get to the login screen same thing, VOOOOM, then back down. It did it about 3-4 times over the first few days and has not done it since (COMPLETELY WEIRD).
Gaming is great, in Tomb Raider (2013) benchmark test on Ultra settings min 98fps, avg, 136fps, max 158fps. Battlefield 1 is a slightly different story. The game is quite intensive but is still not much of a match for the mighty 1080 Ti. Settings are maxed (Ultra, 100% Render Scale) On "The Runner" mission it will drop as low as 60fps but will stay pretty stable around 80. On the "Avanti Savoia" mission it will drop just above 90fps but will stay stable as high as 110fps, which would also be similar to the multiplayer matches. Every other game in my arsenal with the exception of WoW (and Fallout 4 due to being unlocked (screwing with my CPU) is rock solid at 100fps or whatever it's locked to. In any case, the GPU can handle anything I throw it, the CPU, not so much, but not because it is a bad CPU, rather it is not enough to power through bad optimizations of games.
I do prefer playing with V-sync on as it does 2 things. 1) it prevents the game from tearing, which it will still do with only G-sync. and 2) It will prevent the card from overworking needlessly.
I mentioned preferring V-sync still but some people are confused as to why. With V-sync (or G-sync because the drastic changes in frames) by itself the game is much less smooth, it almost looks like a lower refresh rate is being used. G-sync makes the game buttery smooth but will still tear if going over the refresh rate. Which is why I opt to use both. Try playing with G-sync for a while then turning it off. You will notice it looks a little clunkier and not at all as smooth as with it on.
I do plan on upgrading the side monitor to another Predator, the XB271HU bmiprz. Don't really need it for gaming I just would like to have it for the slightly larger screen and the same Predator quality I have come to love with my X34. But that is quite a bit to spend for a gaming monitor that will not be used for gaming. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if I really want to go that route. In addition I plan on adding another Samsung 850 Pro (a 1TB this time) as I am getting a bit full and want to keep the fantastic speeds of these SSDs intact.
Very cool and completely quiet, no pump noise whatsoever, possibly the best AIO cooler available.
One of the highest performance tested thermal compounds commonly available.
Great board, easy overclocking, very easy to use BIOS, LED's could use some work.
Good quality and reliable RAM.
Super fast SATA SSD, probably the best SATA SSD available. Affordable. CON: not much better than the EVO, longer warranty offsets that.
Blazing fast, amazing SSD all around.
Absolutely Incredible, easily the best 1080 Ti on the market. Cool, super quiet, and FAST. Oh, and drop dead gorgeous!
Fantastic case, not too big, good airflow, plenty of room for upgrades/cooling loop.
Fantastic PSU, dead quiet, solid performance.
Awesome fan, very noisy at high RPM's but very very quiet up to 900RPM, can go to 1000RPM easily at ambient noise level. Decent airflow at quiet level. Decent fan for the price, there are much better fans out there, but none that look as good in a rig.
Probably the best $250 monitor in existence. I love this thing. Very clear, and color accurate for the price, IPS glow is kinda bad but you get used to it.
Simply amazing monitor. Has a bit of IPS glow, but nothing horrible. Easily overclocks to 100Hz, G-sync is awesome, UW is definitely a standard for me now, I will never not have an UW monitor again. LED under lights are awesome, I didn't even know about them when I bought the monitor, added bonus. The UI kinda sucks but I am used to it thanks to my other Acer monitor and you really only need to use it once. I will be interested in seeing what the X34P has to offer when it comes out.
Great keyboard, LED effects are very fun to play around with. Macro buttons come in very handy for MMO's. Corsair Utility Engine is very easy to use and set up.
Great minimalist style mouse, with added RGB's it's a great mouse to pair up with any Corsair peripherals.
Decent headphones for the price, occasionally have audio glitches such as noise/popping, the sound is great though, the microphone is also very good for communicating with your raid/team. A great addition to the Corsair Peripheral lineup.
Surprisingly amazing speakers for the price. They sound really great, and the bass comes through very well. I was utterly shocked with the quality of sound these little speakers produced. Very highly recommended for someone who doesn't use speakers that often but still wants them.