After building pre-builts for a majority of my teen years and having a gaming laptop after moving overseas, I figured it was time to build my first proper PC. My biggest intent with this build was to play new AAA titles at 1440p/144fps - and it does! I know the budget is a bit iffy, but I wanted an aesthetic little box centered around the D15 Chromax. Overall had a great time building. Took a bit of planning to wire up things around the Noctua, but I got there in the end!
This was meant to be the centerpiece of my build. I really wanted air cooling after having AIOs in my other two towers. The bulkiness took some planning to work around, but after doing my research, I knew to pre-route and plug in wires before I put the Mobo inside the case. It really does the job well, my CPU has been nice and cool during all tests and gaming sessions thusfar. No issues fitting it in my case or above the RAM.
MSI MPG Z390 EDGE AC Not much to say about this one, it does the job and MSI's BIOS interface is easy to navigate. LGA1151 ready. Tons of fan headers. Multiple USB 3.1's. Onboard wifi and bluetooth. Really easy to build on for a first time builder.
Mostly chose the style because it was low-profile to accommodate the NH-D15. It does the job and allows me to watch YouTube and open up Chrome in an instant! When gaming, XMP seems to give me about a 2-3fps boost. Minimal gains, but still a somewhat OK investment.
This is my boot drive. It was cheap at the time and does the job excellently.
This is where I store all my games. I might get an HDD later for some of the older titles I play. But for now my library is very small, so I could justify the 1TB. As far as performance, this is my first SSD and it is lightening quick. No regrets whatsoever.
Price per frame really drops off with the 2080 Super, but I just couldn't resist. Its done great on 3DMark and runs games beautifully. Biggest issue is that I got a defective version with a red LED, a known issue. I use EVGA Precision1 to completely turn off the LED; an aesthetic I much prefer. Still a beautiful card, which hasn't exceeded 82°.