I have two main lighting themes themes set up right now: 1) "Ice, Snow, & Fire" | 2) Overwatch. "Fire lighting effect vid" https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kjQvDd2t3IDGWHIaA2EfH221MAZnHIja/view?usp=sharing
The original goal was to play Overwatch at 144fps, on a 24" 1080p monitor, at mid settings... Instead I ended up with a monster that can comfortable handle basically maxed settings, a consistent 144-153fps, on a 27" 2K monitor.
After a couple years of playing on a 'gaming' laptop, which I plugged into an external monitor and keyboard, I decided it was time for an upgrade. I am going to be a sophomore in college, so I want this to last me 1-2 years into adult (after college) life. Additionally, I wanted a vertical monitor for coding and general productivity and some decent multi-tasking capabilities.
I am pretty inept with tools and building, so the whole thing took 13 hours from unwrapping the motherboard to booting up the desktop screen (over 2 1/2 days).
While I haven't overclocked yet (CPU running at 4.8 Ghz out of the box!) I know I want to in the near future, that's why the CPU and GPU are AIO water cooled.
The prices listed are not necessarily indicative of what I payed for them. I waited for sales and bundles, and never paid full price for anything. For instance I am pretty sure I got the GPU and power supply bundled together for $605 (MSRP right now would be ~ $770). Also, I already owned the keyboard, mouse, and SSD. edit Got a new mouse, the Logitech G903 wireless (love it)
It should also be noted that I haven't played around with the LED lights or desktop backgrounds yet. I will upload more photos once I have personalized it!
So far, I am really happy with the build. I dont think there is anything I would have changed. I am looking forward to overclocking it :D