This is my fourth build ever, specified for the purpose to create a slick, compact itx-size machine. What I've learned from my past three builds: first build with mediocre parts, rainbow puke builds, large enclosures builds (Phantex Enthoo Evolv), to this flawless beauty.
I started the research narrowing down from the size of the computer, an ITX build. My considerations for itx-cases were: NZXT H200/H200i InWin A1 Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Phanteks Evolv Shift *NZXT H400/H400i
In the end, I settled for the H200 for its incredibly compact size and design. Although I could also settle for a similar H400 for its superior airflow, I just couldn't take my eyes off the small size of the h200 compromising airflow/case temperature.
The build process for this rig was pretty straightforward. I am glad for all the different site visits for specification research before purchasing parts. I made sure GPU length, slots, aesthetics matched and fitted the case. Because of the size of the case, I had to exclude a few great-looking GPU models (Gaming X Trio, Gigabyte Aorus, EVGA 2080ti Ultra).
I ended up with Dell's Alienware AW3418DW because of my sheer enjoyment for ultrawide monitors. The decision for a 34inch, 1440p monitor was really driven by the amazing specs of this monitor. I didn't go with dual 27inch, 1440p, 144hz monitors because a 2080ti is simply overkilling for 2560 x 1440p beyond 144fps.