This is my first build since 2011 and boy did PC hardware come a long way since.
I'm no hardcore gamer so I didn't go too crazy on the GPU department. I plan on also running some VMs for specific labs for some more DevOps training I plan on doing so the extra threads on the i9 CPU will be nice to have.
I was a bit worried about using this Lian Li case as there's so much glass and everything is on show so it requires a bit of extra care to make it look presentable. I wasn't aware of how few cables you need these days, basically just mobo, cpu, fans and front panel which makes it easier to achieve a tidy setup.
I am planning on getting some more intake fans for the bottom of the case and some RGB strips for the top.
I have considered vertical mounting the GPU but I would lose the mounting for the bottom fans which I rather have. Function over form!
The next thing I'm investing in are nicer power cables for the Motherboard and GPU, will probably go with white cables and black connectors to complement the build colour. I now need to decide if the EVGA Powerlink is necessary or not as it makes the GPU way too tall for this case.
Best consumer CPU Intel makes at the moment (May/June 2019). I was going with an i7 but I managed to buy it in the US for the same price as the i7 in the UK so went for i9 instead.
Will I ever use all it's cores and thread? Probably not. I don't plan on overclocking either so can't comment on that.
Gigabyte has a confusing lineup for their Z390 chipset motherboards but their website has a table to help you decide. Having owned gigabyte motherboards in the past I was quite happy to go with them again after some recommendation from friends and reading horrible reviews on the Z390 Asus boards.
The card offers plenty of Overclocking possibilities and is said to have one of the best VRMs in the market.
3 M.2 slots with heatsinks is also great and looks great. I'm not a big fan of their RGB on the board, it just doesn't wow but maybe that's on purpose?
My only real complaint is that the applications that you need to install to manage the Fans, RGB, etc is horrible. Feels like a cheap unfinished software with loads of translation mistakes from chinese.
Loads of RAM. Probably will never need as much as 64GB but.... love the RGB on them.
The iCue software isn't the most intuitive in the world but it does the job.
Seems to be as fast as it gets for consumers! Recommended. Too bad the 1TB is so expensive!
Best bang for buck at the moment in my opinion. It's slight costlier than Intel's new 660p series which offers similar capacity but doing QLC which makes it a lot slower than the competition.
I always heard nice things about the EVGA cards, they seem to be the best factory overclocked cards out there so I went with them as they also offer a nice 3 year warranty.
The card has shown artifacts a few times under heavy load but after resetting everything to default that somehow made it all stop. I plan on stress testing it some more as RMA may be required here.
I specifically looked for the white version which is harder to find and it looks great but unfortunately the back place isn't white so you can't see see the front of it which makes it all a bit pointless. I like how you get the 3 LEDs on top which indicate the temperature for each component (Power, CPU and RAM).
I have also bought an EVGA Powerlink which is used to reroute the power cables to the bottom of the card. I was keen on trying that to keep the power cables hidden from sight. If you own a Lian Li case like this one and have the same GPU and is hoping to get the EVGA Powerlink bear in mind the case closes but you need to push down on the card slightly in order for the glass to slide in.
Looks like an aquarium.
Great to showcase your components to anyone entering the room, dual chamber helps hide all the unpleasant bits very easily. LOADS of room for expansion and you can take it apart pretty much with no tools.
The only thing to watch for here is the height clearance for the GPU as the PSU is behind the Motherboard and that cuts into the space available for the GPU if it's too tall (or if you use watercooling and have the pipes coming up from the GPU).
It's a PSU, it powers things. It's quiet and I don't know what else can be said about a PSU. Oh yes, it's in a cool white colour but that's not important as it's hidden (although you can see the white grill from behind the case).
Fully modular so very nice and easy to organise the cables.
Lovely fans but too expensive in my opinion. Not the quietest in the market but the only ones I could find that were full white and RGB.
The corsair iCue software is not the most intuitive thing in the world but ok.
An amazing screen! Ticks all the boxes I was looking for, high refresh rate, ultrawide, good contrast ratio, g-sync.
Ok, maybe the stand could be a bit smaller and a built in speaker would be a nice thing to have but still...