Speaking of that EVGA, I got some new parts in on some early sales including a pricing error on a configurator buried in the bowels of newegg. Or let's not tell anybody that.
Here's the partslist (not all new of course), which is not exactly beastly but does what I need it to:
Intel Core i7-6700K
Asus Z170I Pro Gaming
Corsair 2x8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz Vengeance LPXEVGA GTX 960 SC 2 GB
[that's the short, stubby one]
Crucial MX200 500 GB
Crucial M500 240 GB
Toshiba 1 TB 5400 rpm 2.5"
EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GS
My cell phone front camera produces that purple tint on basically everything, and the selfie cam (3rd pic) is awful, so apologies for the potato pics. If anybody wants to see better pictures and maybe the lid popped I think I could go borrow at least some kind of half-passable point-and-shoot.
I was considering the 380/X as well (though at the 380X price, you're getting a bit close to the next performance tier), but the performance/watt is lower and for whatever reason most Nvidia cards are quieter at a given performance level. Well, part of the reason is the power consumption difference, I suppose. I'd heard that the Asus mini cards with the weirdo hybrid fan create more turbulent airflow that has a less appealing sonic character. My main focus was on noise levels, except for saving like $30 on the EVGA SC instead of the Asus Strix, which would have also fit. I think the Strix is probably a little quieter on load, though the EVGA is not bad.
I haven't spent time tuning fan profiles and clocks much yet, but everything stays under 1000 rpm on combined CPU+GPU stress tests.