My first PC build. Needed a machine for editing, VR and game development. This build proved a fun challenge. A couple months ago, I had never heard of thermal paste or Noctua. I must have bought, and returned unopened, enough parts for 1.5 systems. This was entirely due to a cross between my learning curve flattening and new technology releasing into the marketplace simultaneously just prior to my starting the build. Specifically, the new Intel CPU's and the GTX 10XX cards. Once I heard about the GTX 1080, I decided to return the 980 Ti and wait for the 1080. Same happened upon hearing of the Intel 68xx CPU's, which then called for exchanging the motherboard, then PSU, etc. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride. I finally got all of the parts and built, taking my time over a few days as is the advice of bearded Houston during his live builds, which he streams on Twitch on Fridays from Puget Systems.
3-min video of this Waffle Butter build: https://youtu.be/rP8zvAa5tIs
Was considering 2-way SLI with 1080's, but changed my mind. Kept the 1200 PSU. Yes, yes, overkill, but it will hardly ever stress itself past 60%, so the fan will never kick on at a high rate, resulting in a quieter system. Also, I still have SLI options with this PSU.
I found the PC build community to be wonderful in their support and passionate about the hobby. Was great to discover the many YouTube creators who both help and entertain the community. Props to Barnacules Nerdgasm, JayzTwoCents, LinusTechTips, and HardwareCanucks. Also, thanks to the pcpartpicker.com community. Can't wait to do it again.