First time building although I've been PC gaming for a few years now, I decided that I would invest in a new rig before I go off to university in September. I'm mainly going to use it for gaming other than browsing the internet and Word etc. I actually finished building this PC around late June. I turned it on and tried installing windows and it kept freezing and shutting down. I swapped out all the parts and still no success. I took it a PC specialist and after hours of testing he found that it was actually a faulty CPU. Its apparently super rare and he hadn't even seen it happen in 20 years he's been fixing computers. Thankfully I eventually got it refunded by Intel so in early September it's all complete. Went with an orange/black theme and I want to get some ambient lighting in there at some point to finish off the look. For now though, super happy with how its eventually turned out and the parts I chose.
Anyway here's the part list and why I went with what I bought:
CPU - Intel Core i7-9700K @5.0GHz After receiving my functional CPU, I've overclocked it to 5GHz without any problems and it hits 80c on a couple cores in a Cinebench run, and stays around the 60c mark when playing games. I went with the 9700K because the lack of SMT actually suited me since I'm not going to be using it for workloads and temperatures are slightly better.
CPU Cooler - NZXT Kraken X62 Nicest looking AIO on the market for me personally, keeps my 9700K running at decent temperatures even at 5GHz. Went with this one over Corsair ones for example just based on aesthetics and 280mm since I wanted to fill out the front of the case with 3 140mm fans.
Motherboard - Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO ATX Good price, Z390, good overclocking capabilities, BIOS was really easy to work through personally and looks great with the rest of the build.
RAM - G.Skill Trident Z RGB 2x8GB 3200MHz My favorite looking RAM, enabled XMP, running at rated frequency now. Thought 16GB would be enough for my needs and if I find I'm wanting more down the line I can always upgrade to 32GB.
Storage Had these 2 SSDs from my previous PC, had to clean install OS as Windows 10 messes up with fundamental hardware changes.
GPU - MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Built this PC before the release of all the "super" cards, but since I was already at the limit of how much I wanted to spend I probably would have gone with this again anyway. Decided on a 2070 over a 2080 as I felt like its perfect for high framerates at 1080p 144Hz, and should still be great for when I do eventually upgrade to 1440p in the future.
Case - be quiet! Silent Base 801 ATX Mid Tower Probably the hardest part to choose because of the amount of options around this price point. Also for some reason there's really little marketing for this case from be quiet!, very few reviews online and even hardly any builds with it on this website. Aesthetically its a perfect case for me, its pretty big and looks powerful which is what I was after. even if I put the fans at 1000RPM/2000RPM it sounds like how most computers sound under a little bit of load, so even though acoustics wasn't a huge priority for me its a nice bonus. Although there are better cases for airflow, my CPU and GPU have seen decent temps when overclocked and fan settings on medium so not a huge compromise for the acoustics that it delivers. My only real complaint is that that there isn't a lot of room to work with on the cable management side so I could only use one of my custom sleeved cables, one of the reasons why the Corsair Crystal Series 680X and the Lian Li 011 Dynamic are great cases as they have separate cable management compartments. All in all highly recommend the case unless your only criteria is high airflow.
Power Supply - Corsair RMx 750W 80+ Gold Fully Modular ATX Suited my power requirements, fully modular makes things so much less of a headache and always reliable products from Corsair.