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
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!
I choose the H100i RGB Platinum SE due to having solid performance, matching up with the theme, and for aesthetically being the easiest choice.
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.
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 :(
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.
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!
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!
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.
Performs well and I've had zero issues during/after installation.
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.
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!
Cable extension kit which helped a lot in keeping true to a clean, white, RGB build!