First PC Build, Could Use Advice/Recommendations

Hey Everyone,
I haven't had a desktop in well over 6 years, My goal is to have a build mainly for playing video games and basic web surfing/writing when I get home from a long day at work; looking to stick around the 1700-2k range. Listed below are the parts that I have chosen based on reviews. The one hiccup that I had for the build below was choosing between the 4 DDR3 memory options listed below. (interested if DDR4 would be a better option?)

List of Parts Linked Above:
CPU- Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler- NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Mobo- Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Considered MSI)
Memory- 16 GB of (4 DDR3 Options Listed above @ PCpartpicker; Or should I DDR4?)
Storage- Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (To Run OS)
Storage2- Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (Eventual SL; Considered Many 980s, are their reasonably priced better options?)
Power S- EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Case- NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case

Discovering that sky lake products have come out drives me a tad bit nuts, but I just want something that will really kick some butt for the next few years in the virtual world. Any recommendations/information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read & respond.
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    Your plan looks very solid. Couldn't see one thing that rang a false note.
    I have much the same system with the Rog Hero board and the 4790K.

    For RAM take the combo deal for $8 off :) The 1866 is good enough.

    A skylake version needs a different CPU, MB and DDR4 RAM. It will be about the same price or a little more.
    The performance difference, 10-15%. Your doubling of the GPU in the future will make more of a difference.

    A good monitor should be in your sights if you don't already have one. I'd recommend a 27" or more.

    In daily operation you wouldn't notice the difference anyway. Have two browsers open, multi tabs, starcrat idling,
    my linux VM, with its own browser open and so on and I just whistle along.
  2. That is a great build but I think you could still have an awesome experience for hundreds of dollars less.

    Go for a core I5 4690 and a GTX970 and back off of that power supply by about 250 watts.

    Love the case

    Additional savings could be made going with 8GB instead of 16GB.

    The culmination of those would provide an amazing 1080P gaming experience.

    Look at the following video showcasing the difference between the GTX 960 / 970 / 980 in Battlefield.

    I am just not sure if the GTX980 is worth the extra money for about 8 more frames when both cards are flirting with about 100 frames per second. In most cases I don't think you will be able to see a difference.

    The savings could be reinvested into a larger SSD or a nicer monitor, gaming keyboard or what ever.

    Nothing wrong with what you picked what so ever. It is a very good build. However some of the suggestions above could provide more bang for your buck far as gaming.
  3. Thank you for responding. Two questions for f: is the ROG a better mobo? Also I definitely was leaning toward the 1866, but the Trident Ram is only 10$ more, so i figured that may be the better buy just based on reviews. and Rwayne I appreciate the video and info! Call me crazy but i'm still striving for those extra fps that the 980 provides only due to it being within my budget.
  4. Until you get up to the high end builds where everything is balanced to be uber fast you're not going
    to see much of a difference. Lower down more RAM beats faster RAM and the Asus ROG is just one of
    the middle tier offerings but as such it is a solid piece of kit.
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