Well, this was a journey. This is my first ever PC build, upgrading from an MSI PE60 6QE laptop (GTX 960M and a 6700HQ, 16gb RAM, 1tb SSD etc...), and is primarily a gaming and streaming machine, with light vid/photo editing on the side.
The whole point of this PC was to be an absolutely insane first build, and I think I achieved that. After years of watching JayzTwoCents, LTT and Bitwit, I felt I finally had the knowledge (and the money) to do this thing.
So, as for parts selections, sure you could go for a 9900k, and get the 8 extra threads, but with the price of that chip as of when I was buying my compnents, and the fact that those other threads will basically never get to stretch their legs for my use case, I'm happy with my CPU selection.
The 2tb SSD was a bargain on sale, as was the 32gb of RAM, otherwise, probably wouldn't recommend this route for a solely gaming PC.
The case is purely subjective, but I love the look of this particluar case. If I was to change anything, I think I would have used a slightly better PSU - but then 80+ Gold at 1000W is fine for me, I suppose. The monitor was one of the most challenging parts to decide on, but in the end, I went for the Dell AW3418DW, because of its outstanding build quality (I can confirm this), amazing looks (this also), and it's incredible 3440x1440 resolution, at 120Hz (overclocked), with a 4ms response time, all with G-Sync. I can't tell you how amazing this thing is, and honestly, for a gamer who values eye-candy over raw frames (unpopular opinion, I know), this is a real treat. It's also the perfect pairing for my 2080 Ti, which can push over 100 frames on average on basically ever game I've tried, with effectively maxed out settings. Metro: Last Light plays at over 130fps on average (completing the benchmark, at least, with 136fps), dropping to 75 with SSAA on.
Issues with the build:
As this was a first-time build, some things did go wrong, but overall, the build did go pretty smooth, if I'm honest. The only fearful part was mounting the CPU (as I've never done this before - I didn't know you had to put that much pressure on the lever). Oh, and there was one other problem, at fault of MSI and their MEG ACE board: the Frozr shielded M.2 SSD mount had a mounting screw made for 2260 sized SSDs, when the WD Black is a 2280. You'd think getting this out would be an easy matter - it wasn't. 40 minutes, pliers and having to take the actual M.2 mounting plate off of the motherboard later, and I finally had the screw off. Be warned about this, could have just been a bad batch, may not have been. It's not in any reviews, but like I said, just my experience. Another problem was the fact that my Reservoir I had upgraded to was just too large; I didn't want to use the smaller one (it would have looked COMICAL in this big of a case. So, I had to get creative, mounting the pump/base to a slider for on of the sliding cable-covers, and actually dremelling a hole in the top Rad Mounting bracket to route a fill port. Bit sketchy, but seems to have worked marvellously. An additional note for water cooling is I initially used the outlet on the CPU block as the inlet (I know right?), but that wasn't too much bother, as I was running the loop with distilled water at that point anyway, and had to disassemble the loop to fully drain it anyway. An easy fix, with only one more tube to bend. Finally, I did have a dodgy LED in one of the fans - this was replaced and now works perfectly. As luck had it, it was the rear exhaust, so was the easiest to remove.
I managed a stable 5.2GHz across the first four cores, with the other four at 5.1. I'm honestly not sure if that's too good, and any help/tips on overclocking would be greatly appreciated. This was achieved at 1.42V, with temperatures staying mid 80s at worst; around 76 average. For 24/7 I am using 5.0 OC at 1.31V. The previous numbers were for testing purposes only, with fans and pump at 100%. As for the GPU, though 2080 Ti's are notoriously sketchy overclockers, I did manage 2160MHz on the core, with a 8000MHz on the memory. That's +165 and +1000 respectively, for my particular card.
3D Mark Time Spy - 13,629 Graphics - 15,026 CPU - 8,945
Firestrike - 27,753 Graphics - 35,932 Physics - 20,736 Combined - 12,627
So that's it. All in all, I'm overjoyed with how well this came out. I'm completely in love with my new PC. It's the best gaming experience I've ever had, and I can't wait to build my next one in the future.
I will be substituing my Rival 500 for a Razer Mamba Elite (or Hyperflux - we'll see); I'm only using the Rival because I had it from my previous setup with my laptop.