For this build, I swapped out my 980 Ti and i3-8350k for a hybrid 1080 Ti and an i9-9900k.
I also did some extra cable management (a decent improvement from my previous attempt) and moved my radiator from my preferred top mount to a front mount. I was a bit worried about having heat from the 9900k hitting my GPU, but with the hybrid GPU, it's no issue. So everything worked out well in the end!
So far I've run into no real issues outside of the 9900k running hot under load (mid 80s at 5.0GHz @ 1.315v)
This thing has been blazing fast when it comes to both gaming and video rendering. I couldn't be happier! On top of that, I am finally getting the most from my 144Hz 1440p monitor, which I wasn't really able to before.
A side note about some of the prices: I took advantage of a Wells Fargo credit card. Spend $3k in 3 months and get $300 back on top of any other rewards earned. If anyone banks with them, I'd suggest looking into it!
I've got some comparisons up here against my OgreLord build in case anyone wanted to see the performance boost. All games were run using all maxed settings outside of Anti-Aliasing at 1440p. The only exception was the "High" preset for FFXV, which uses AA.
If anyone has any questions or comments, let me know!
If you're into both gaming and other CPU intensive tasks, this processor is fantastic. I would say if you're looking into strictly gaming, especially beyond 1080p, this CPU may not be for you with its high price-tag.
Quiet and powerful! Already overclocked by EVGA out of the box, but you can push it a few inches forward on the core, and I was able to boost the memory by 500MHz past stock.
The comfiest pair of headphones I've ever owned. Audio quality isn't the best, but for it's (original) price range, I can't give these headphones enough love.