This is a 2020 refresh of my previous build (https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ReIIek/saved/jBXbXL).
The upgrades are a case swap to the NZXT H510 Elite, an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra, an Elgato HD60 (for console streaming), and an additional 500GB m.2.
I was never happy with my NZXT S340. It was a great choice for my budget build, but not having the clean tempered glass of higher quality cases bothered me everytime I looked at the plastic window. One word to describe the NZXT H510 Elite: CLASSY. Another word? CLEAN. I can't speak on how the case looks for a full RGB build, but I can conclude it's a excellent choice for a pure black and white LED build.
Nvidia's RTX SUPER cards bring a nice bump to performance, as one would expect, but the real upgrades this time around are not just all about the benching numbers. There were two big reasons that I felt justified in jumping from an EVGA GTX 1080 OC2 to the EVGA 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra. Memes aside, Ray Tracing looks INSANE on my 27" 1440p 144hz IPS Acer Predator. I cannot wait to see what games like Cyberpunk will do with the technology. The second reason is the newest iteration of Nvidia's NvEnc video encoder. Used for video/streaming, it takes a lot of the burden off of the CPU and transfers it to the GPU, freeing up precious CPU resources for other intensive tasks. Leaning on H.264 through OBS is a thing of the past. This technology removes the need to run a second streaming PC in order to maintain a high quality stream. When I tested a live stream on Twitch, it was immediately noticeable that my CPU wasn't being bottlenecked like it once had.
Super happy with this round of upgrades. I'm looking to drop in some faster memory here soon. When I do, I'll add another update. Thanks all!
My build's original description below (written January 2018)...
Started out as a budget build with an i5-6700K/GTX970 last November, now exists as the much more streamlined system you see listed here. I was not shooting for something that would break the benchmark leaderboard. I just wanted a solid Gaming PC that would last me for a good many years while keeping the need to upgrade to a minimum. All while looking good doing it. The i5 was good but fell just short of what I was looking for from a CPU: the ability to maintain high graphic settings running 1440p@144hz, while streaming to Twitch@720p every now and then. I first installed the GTX1080 in the list, and while I was getting the FPS I wanted, while streaming the CPU was bottlenecking my ability to not experience hang-ups. Tossed in an i7, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. If you're looking for a solid machine that can drive two monitors while handling a fair amount of multi-tasking, this is the machine I would recommend.