Update: She loves it! Added more cat pics, and the dust filters work great.
I've fallen on some hard times recently, both at work and family life, so I wanted to make something that made me happy.
I bought the parts over a few months with a basic idea in mind, watching prices and buying on sale. The final piece was the 2080 Super Founders edition, which should give me the 5-6% framerate increase over the previous gen that I need to get the edge in the competitive browser games I'm playing.
i9 Overclockability is awesome. The Asus board is designed for this chip, and the AI overclocking feature allowed me to hit a sustained 5.2 GHz if I maxed the front radiator fans.
You CAN overclock the 2080S FE if you crank all the fans, but it's summer here right now and with a front mounted rad temps are running around 80C at stock speeds and clocks.
Auxiliary cat unit does hurt my temps, but dramatically improves aesthetics.
Awesome overclockability, and the lack of integrated graphics shouldn't bother any enthusiast
I was worried this small of a rad wouldn't be able to keep up with my i9, but it seems to hold it in check enough to get a modest overclock.
AI overclocking works great, and there's an extra M.2 Slot for expandability or RAID if you want. Lighting works great and AURA software works well enough to deliver the effect you want.
The gold standard of RGB ram. Runs at advertised speeds.
Fast boots, instantaneous load times for most programs. Comparable speeds to the 970 evo, as this is the performance NVMe drive from WD.
Not a ton of room to work with, but it's sizable enough and the RGB looks great as an accent to your build. You won't fit a custom watercooling loop or anything, but for the price it's right on the money.
It's handling the insane load I'm throwing at it (probably should have opted for 1000W) and the strong warranty ensures I can torture test many more to come.
I like these because they have an even lighting around the blades and look great in operation. Loud, but they move a lot of air.
Some backlight bleed around the edges on a black screen, but you're not going to notice that while crushing demons in Quad HD at insane frame rates, are you?
I opted for the razer yellow switches (the non-clicky low actuation version) for the faster response times. There's very little pressure required to depress each switch, where sometimes you almost don't realize you're holding down a key. The lighting looks great, the wrist pad is comfy, and it feels nice to type on even without the tactile click.
I like this mouse because it's bigger and fits my longer fingers better while resting in my palm. The lighting looks nice, but software is meh.
Budget headset works ok. Mic quality is ok. I've had some trouble getting my computer to pick up the noise at the right level.
Cheap Netflix speakers!