Alright, I am now on my third revision of my gaming build, and am utterly confused. Money is not an enormous object but I don't want to waste it. I am planning on keeping this system for around 3-4 years and it will be used primarily for gaming. I realize that short of creating a bottleneck, the CPU isn't all that important for gaming as long as it has/more than 2-4 cores, so in a way the CPU I was going to get was a byproduct of the board I was going to choose.
My first idea was LGA 1150 Z87 Asus Maximus Extreme IV/i7 4770k (O.C above 4 GHz)/500GB Samsung EVO 840 SSD/WD Velociraptor 10k 1TB/WD 7200rpm 4TB/16GB of 2x8 1866MHz RAM/2x GTX 780 Ti in SLI, 1000/1200W PSU (either Seasonic Platinum or Corsair ATX12V) and then a Corsair H100i cooler as the bare bones
My second idea was LGA 2011 X79 Asus Rampage IV Extreme/i7 4930k (O.C. above 4 GHz), and then the rest would be the same. The RAM would be some form of G.Skill, either Ripjaws X or Z or Trident, whichever was appropriate for the socket, CAS anywhere from 8-9.
I liked the first setup because it cost less, and I liked the second setup because it seemed to maximize performance, the X79 board having at least two x16 PCIe slots for my dual GPU setup, quad channel memory to take better advantage of the 16GB I was planning on, and unfortunately it cost more. The CPU I didn't mind because the 4930k got good reviews and seemed to be a price sweetspot at the higher end, and it overclocks better than the Haswell.
However, none of the reviews I have seen recommend the second setup for gaming, and yet at the same time the reviews for Haswell, especially for O.C. which I plan on, haven't been great.
So my question is, for primarily gaming on a single monitor, what is the best quality build I should go for?
'Waste of money' and 'LGA 2011' go hand in hand unless you're looking to break world records, or you need it in a professional environment. I like your first build a whole lot better.
GPUs, as of now, don't need 16x lanes.
As for monitor, it highly depends on what your preference is, and what games you play. If you play FPS games a lot, you'll benefit more from a 144Hz monitor, but if you like better looking graphics, and play other games more often, you'll probably enjoy a 1440p monitor a whole lot more. But assuming budget is not an issue, why not go with a 4k resolution monitor?