I originally built my first PC back in 2013 after graduating from university. I literally couldn't have been happier with how that computer worked out, however after 5-6 years it was starting to show its age... In particular the GTX 770 graphics card really struggled to make the transition from 1080p up to 1440p and I was begining to worry about how the aging Corsair H100i AIO was holding up.
This time I was in the fortunate position of having a larger and more flexible budget to work with. I wanted something that would handle modern 1440p gaming as well as heavy 3D work in programs like Blender plus very large file sizes in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I also wanted something that would potentially handle video-editing programs like After Effects and Premier in the future.
Altogether the build took about 10 hours with a successful boot first time! The Phanteks Evolve X case was a pleasure to work with and it looks absolutely stunning. In the end I opted for the Founders Edition Nvidia GTX 2080 Ti, the price (in the UK at least) was quite competitive with the AIB versions of the card, it has basically identical performance but came with 2 free games (Battlefield V and Anthem... make of those what you will) and looks fantastic at least in my opinion.
The only slight dissapointment was the Corsair AX860i... it's a premium PSU that operates at very high efficiency in complete silence (and the connection to Corsair Link is cute, if slightly unecessary). Unfortunately though I had mistakenly thought it came with braided cables. It does come with a braided shroud around the entire cable bundle, but they are not individually sleeved. This was my mistake, but in this price range it would be nice to see Corsair include one of their starter sets of individually sleeved cables. I will probably upgrade to individually sleeved cables at some point, although even with deep pockets £50 is quite a lot to justify just for a very minor aesthetic improvement.
Overall I've been really pleased with how this build turned out. The 2080 Ti, notwithstanding it's price, is an exceptional card especially paired with the 9900K. The Evolve X case has a stunning finish on it and the Corsair ML 140 fans are practically silent... indeed the entire system is essentially silent at idle and even under intense loads only makes the very faintest hum. Stock temperatures on the cores are 28 degrees at idle up to about 40-45 under load. The H150i Pro temperature doesn't easily go above 30. The 2080 Ti idles at about 35 and hits about 50 under load in games, with the fans on a balanced mode.