Description

Hello all! To start things off I'll be going over the inspiration and requirements for this build. For the past few years I've been gaming exclusively on a ASUS ROG laptop (i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz 8c/GTX 1060 6GB) getting pretty solid frames on 1080p. This set up worked for so long because I was always travelling for work and moved around a few times every year. Now that my life has slowed down a bit I'm finally ready to move into a more powerful, stationary rig pushing the limits of my gaming experience even further! I plan on working on streaming more often, starting up a YouTube channel, and doing some professional video/music production! I will be gaming at max settings in 1440p.

It meant a lot to see that my build was in the top 5th percentile of all registered builds being I had to save up for quite a while to get here! :)

3DMark Results: http://www.3dmark.com/spy/9460143

Part Reviews

CPU

Ultimately, I picked this processor over the higher end AMD products and the 9700k solely due to the higher core clocks and hyper threading. Was it a financially-conscious choice? No. Do I care? Not at all! With a bit of tweaking, I managed to get to 5.0GHz with ease!

CPU Cooler

I choose the H100i RGB Platinum SE due to having solid performance, matching up with the theme, and for aesthetically being the easiest choice.

Motherboard

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA was an easy choice keeping in mind that I would be overclocking my 9900k and did not want to take any risk with a basic mobo. Solid VRMs, thick PCB, and very effective heat spreaders were the largest selling points.

Memory

Meets advertised specs and they look gorgeous with my white theme! RGB responds a good bit slower to new settings than the other components though :(

Storage

Super fast, reliable, and modern. Not much else to say about this decision. Windows boots in about five seconds but I'm sure by this time next year that will be slow.

Storage

Price-to-performance was the best part about choosing the 860 QVO 2TB from Samsung. Functions well and will serve as storage for my games!

Video Card

Great performance and overall a gorgeous card. I've been having an interesting time fiddling with Afterburner and I settled with +100 core clock and +1100 memory clock for the best performance!

Case

The 680X in a lot of ways is a phenomenal case which makes my glad that I choose it over some competitors like Lian-Li. The dual chamber setup helped a ton with cable management and the grommets made running cables through the front a breeze.

Power Supply

Performs well and I've had zero issues during/after installation.

Case Fan

This is the only part that made me question whether or not it was worth the price. Sure, there are better products for pushing out more CFM and some different variations on RGB, but the LL120's we the smartest choice in the end for a nice common ground on performance-to-visual appeal.

Monitor

I am so infinitesimally pleased with this purchase! Compared to every other 1ms, 144hz, FreeSync/GSYNC, 1440p Ultrawide, this LG model smashes them to bits. Perfect color quality, GSYNC works perfectly, and the stand and rear ports are so clean looking!

Custom

Cable extension kit which helped a lot in keeping true to a clean, white, RGB build!

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

What's my dream build you ask? this.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's such a dream come true for me too! I never really thought I would actually treat myself and purchase all of the parts but here we are :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear you are happy. It's ok to treat oneself and get what you want. It'll last many years...

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Mate this came out incredible! cable situation at the back looked like a nightmare though lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was awful! It took four hours to zip tie into conformity but I would say that it was time we spent! All of the "mess" you see at the end is just the PSU cables connected to the extension kit that I have for looks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you say that the AIO can keep the i9 at 5GHz under load?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah! About 55-60°C

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for replying! I have been hoping to get a fully custom pc for myself for video editing and gaming. I wanted to use this cooler for my theme and looks like it works pretty well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Love how clean this looks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It runs like a gem and it helps that it's easy on the eyes 😉

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks like a dream come true I'm actually planning to build the same one you did here with the same gpu.

Did you have any trouble fitting the graphics card into the case right beside the front panel fans? I had my eye on this specific card for a while but I'm not sure if it will be the right choice.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The gpu fits with about 5mm of room in between. It peaks at around 55-60°C at Ultra 1440p, too :)