My previous full-build was over 4 years ago and featured a 4770K and 980Ti, which were pretty high-end for that time. In looking at this build, I knew I wanted to stay high-end, but I also knew I didn't need to pay for absolute bleeding-edge performance. The fact that I was able to get the 8086K for free (won it) helped jump start this project.
I initially started off with Gigabyte's Aorus Master Z390 motherboard, but I must have gotten a dud: it wouldn't POST with anything more than 1 memory DIMM. Even after RMA, it would BOS with anything more than 2 sticks of RAM and it failed to recognize my Crucial P1 NVME drive. After trying un-successfully for 3 weeks to trouble shoot the thing, I gave up and decided to look for a different motherboard option.
I decided to go with Asrock's Taichi Ultimate for 2 main reasons. First, the on-board Aquantia 10 Gigabit LAN helps insure that I can use the fastest fiber-connection possible in the future and second, it's a very well priced board right now, well below the $300+ price it debuted at. It's very complete feature-wise and I felt the VRM solution was very good, if not top-of-class as what the Aorus Master has. Once I swapped the Taichi Ultimate into the build, I was pleasantly surprised at how trouble-free things went...all four sticks of RAM (64 GB total) and all my M.2 drives (one SATA and one NVME) were recognized instantly after POSTing in the BIOS. I still think it was just bad luck that I couldn't get the Gigabyte board to work, so hopefully a second RMA/repair/replacement will prove that to be the case. However, I am very happy with my first Asrock experience!
Unlike the motherboard, the other Gigabyte component in my build has been trouble-free and has turned to be much better than expected. The Aorus RTX2070 Ultimate is a beast of a card! It's factory overclock settings make it faster than a stock 1080 and basically nips at the heels of a 1080Ti. At the time of purchase, it was much cheaper than a new 1080Ti and came with the peace-of-mind that a new card warranty carries. Additionally, the RGB lighting on this series of cards is the best out there in my opinion.
Cooling is handled by a compliment of Deepcool accessories. The 240 Captain AIO is well reviewed and documented, making it into my rig by virtue of coming in an all-white version to match my Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic case. Not that well-known are the Deepcool MF-120 fans. These fans have a very unique frame-less design and feature very striking RGB lighting. The three-pack I bought even came with both a 6-slot fan hub and 5-slot RGB controller that was compatible with the Asrock Polychrome RGB software.
The aforementioned Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic is the best case I have ever worked in! The fact that it is less than $140 bucks is CRAZY...the fit and finish along with the materials used are something you wouldn't expect at this price point. The design and details Lian Li put into the case are faultless...you can tell it was enthusiast-designed by Der 8auer. I added Lian Li's vertical GPU riser kit and am hugely impressed by the look it gives. The great thing about the Lian Li riser kit is that it moves the GPU away from the side-panel allowing for better cooling and ventilation. The included riser cable is very well made and I have encountered zero issues or errors from my RTX 2070.
Lastly, I am an audiophile and really put a priority on high-quality audio. To that end, I have the audio going out to Meridian's excellent Explorer2 DAC, then out via line-level connection to an Adcom preamplifier and stereo amplifier separates. Speakers are Martin Logan LX-16 bookshelfs with bass duties handled by a Martin Logan Dynamo 300 subwoofer. Games, movies...and especially music...are simply sublime through this set-up. Once you get serious and play your computer audio thru a high-end decoding, amplification and speaker/sub set-up...there's no way you can ever go back to typical "computer" audio.
Anyway, thanks for reading. Appreciate any feedback or suggestions