An upgrade was long due for more than a decade. Had been using Core 2 Duo E6400 with 4GB DDR2 RAM all along.
Started buying intended i9 9900K build components one by one by mid-2018. Everything then narrowed down to processor and motherboard. Processor was decided [i9 9900K], but motherboard was not.
Initially I thought of buying ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) as obvious choice, then I stumbled upon Hardware Unboxed and Gamers Nexus YouTube videos about best Z390 motherboards. Came to know Maximus XI Hero has 4+2 VRM, and Z390 Aorus Master has 12+2 proper high-quality VRM. Also, stripped M.2 screws on Maximus XI Hero was all over the internet; surely poor QC by Asus this time.
I decided to go with GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master; and I am very happy with my choice. It really stays cool due to proper VRM cooling; also everything in the motherboard speaks of really high-quality material. Great job GIGABYTE; for Z390 boards!
BlueBeast [i9 9900K]..
was built on December 13, 2018.
Long-due upgrade was finally done..
From Core 2 Duo E6400 to i9 9900K..
Monitor in the picture is Asus MX239H; which went dead just after few days of my new build; had to get new one; LG 24UD58 4K IPS.
[Monitor Upgrade: 4K 60Hz 24" IPS to 1440p(QHD) 144Hz 32" VA] Since, 24" was way too small for 4K, also just 60Hz.. I was looking for a 1440p 144Hz VA(for deep blacks, and better contrast than IPS) panel. Found one; LG 32GK650F-B. This is my first 144Hz experience on a huge 32" LG VA panel. So, far experience has been awesome!
From going Fast to Hyperdrive: Upgrade from SATA SSD (MX500 500GB) to.. NVMe SSD [Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB]
RTX 2080 Ti Arrived: ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC
Blazing fast! PC experience re-defined on Hyper-drive! Costly but Beastly..
So far, so good. Reliable performer as always!
Had been using WD Green 1 TB for storage which went haywire with terrible loud noise and violent vibration all over my PC case (typical HDD problems). Trashed that one.
Got back to Seagate again. WD was a mistake!
Costs a fortune, but 'the most powerful GPU' in the market for now.
Had my eyes on ASUS/MSI/Gigabyte RTX 2080 Ti flagship variants for a long while.
ASUS: Highest price tag for ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC. MSI: Lowest price tag for its Gaming X Trio. Gigabyte: Aorus RTX 2080 Ti XTREME is the most stunning design.
I was almost going for Gaming X Trio; then I learned that power-balancing circuit was missing in its PCB, which is not a good news for such high TDP cards.
I have a ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB variant from 2014 and it is still going strong without a single issue; this made me realize ASUS is the one I should buy for its high-quality components, reliability, and most importantly longevity.
Choice was clear, I went for ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC and boy this thing is BEASTLY and of course COSTLY (an entire PC can be build by its price tag) !!!
Expensive than others, but worth every penny. Top-notch quality from Corsair!