My two main goals with this build were to assemble excellent performing parts and achieve future compatibility. These are just my initial thoughts. I am still working on installing all of my programs and putting the hardware through its paces. More to follow.
I plan to use this machine for all my daily computing needs. This includes, but is not limited to: gaming, photo editing, productivity, programming, video editing, and virtual machines.
This build was very easy and straightforward. All the parts were compatible. I especially liked the slightly tinted and smaller window on the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 case. The tinted window design allowed just enough light to emit from red LED lights on the Corsair SP120 /AF140 fans and the red pulsating STRIX logo on the Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The window is also just big enough to show the cooling, graphics card, memory, motherboard, and processor, but small enough to hide the auxiliary, fan, and USB connections along the edges of the motherboard. This is nice since most of those connections are not uniformed in size or appearance.
The G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR-3200 memory will only run at 3000 Mhz with this motherboard and UEFI combination. I suspected this might be the case prior to my purchase. There were no 3200 Mhz memory listed on ASRock's compatibility list for this motherboard at the time. However, I am hoping a future UEFI update will resolve this limitation.
Although the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 case has provisions for a 140/120 mm fan on the bottom of the case, there is not enough clearance between the modular power cables going into the Corsair HX850i and the fan body.