I've tinkered with computers all my life, but in 2013 I did my first build from scratch. That had obviously aged, though still held up well. But I wanted the bleeding edge (within reason). Still planning on pushing 2560x1440 with my preexisting ROG Swift so I went with a 2080 rather than the ti, neither of which I could really afford anyway!
It took a long time to put together as I had to raise funds, unlike last time when I was working in the oil patch. So it took about 6 months or more for me to buy all the parts, which was painful. But now that its all done, it feels amazing. I got into Apex on gfs xbox while I was waiting to finish this, and I've gone into instant beast mode now that I'm back with the sweet sweet m&kb.
I went all ASUS last time, but wasn't overly impressed with some of the build quality. I like that EVGA only does Intel & Nvidia, and I heard so much good about them and their warranty so thats who I went with this time.