The original objective for this build was to create the most budget-friendly, high end intel build possible, though somewhere along the line I got carried away. The "budget friendly" part of the build comes from bargain shopping the GPU, CPU, and case. Additionally, Asrock's Taichi is an amazing bargain, with power phases competitive with some of the Maximus boards, a subtle asthetic, and $65 lower cost compared to the Hero and $135 lower cost compared to the Code at the time of purchase. That's not even considering the roughly $40 available in rebate and review from Asrock.
I managed to pick up the GPU with only two weeks of use on it and practically full warranty available for about $650. The CPU was also snagged at a bargain as Amazon prematurely listed the 9900k for $30 below MSRP, and customer service was able to credit my account significantly for the back-order, yielding a final price of $475. I managed to pick up the case used locally for only $115 locally, and my magnetic levitation fans were also picked up with light use for $15 a piece. Everything else in the build was purchased new.
The build is typically a monochrome white, indicated by the white RAM, cables/sleeves, cable bar, and ML fans, but to commemorate build completion, I figured I would try some rainbow vomit.
The GPU backplate cover was created by JMMODS, and the custom AIO sleeves are from CABLEMODS.