This is my first ever PC build and I wanted to go all out, getting the best of the best. I hope that this machine will last me for several years without having to routinely upgrade. It will not only be used as a gaming machine, but also a production rig, though the original plan was to build purely a gaming computer. Some notes:
Z390 / i9 9900K
I went with Intel's Z390 platform and the i9 9900K (as opposed to my original plan of going with Z370 / 8700K) because I want to do some moderate production with this machine - game development, as well as photo and video editing. It will not be purely for gaming - I would have stuck with the 8700K if I was building purely a gaming rig.
I opted out of going the X299 / Threadripper route as the gains from those platforms would not be of much benefit for the level of production I plan on doing, plus would likely perform worse (or at best, the same level) whilst gaming, for a much higher cost.
64 GB of RAM
For the same reasons stated above, I opted to go with 64 GB of RAM. I had originally planned to go with 32, as 16 seems to be the "sweet spot" for gaming and I wanted to future proof myself to some degree. As I'm sure you all know, RAM gets eaten quickly when using Adobe software for rendering, so 64 GB just made the most sense to me. I went with the 3200 MHz variant, as the gains beyond 3000 MHz seem to be almost non-existent.
31 TB of onboard storage
It might seem like overkill for most, but I'm one of those people who always seems to be running out of storage. This is the way I have set up the drives:
1 TB Samsung 970 Pro - OS and applications 2 TB Samsung 970 Evo - Steam Library / other games / mods 2x 14 TB Segate Ironwolf Pro (running RAID-1) - mass storage for media, documents and system back ups
To put things in perspective, my lossless music collection is roughly 5-6 TB on it's own, so that storage will get eaten up pretty quickly, though 14 TB drives should mean I won't have to upgrade for awhile.
It might seem sacrilegious to most, but I decided NOT to go with a monitor for this machine and am instead using a 4K HDTV / surround sound system. I know monitors have higher refresh rates and are natively comparable with more resolutions, but you can't beat the sheer size of a big screen to me. Perhaps a Nvidia BFGD will be an option in the future - sadly they aren't available currently.
It wasn't too much trouble to put this beast together, but it was time consuming, particularly the cable management. Due to the fact that the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE is glass on both sides and the front, it meant that there was no room to be lazy with the cable management. It took a long time and it's still far from "professional grade", but for my first time build, I think it came out well. For anyone wondering, I replaced the Noctua fans from the Asus Ryujin with 3 of Corsair's LL120s. It works perfectly fine within Asus' Fan Xpert software.
The only issue that I had with the computer thus far is that when I originally booted it, I had a bright green line going down the right side of the OLED display on the AIO. I thought it was broken, but it was fixed when I updated the Asus software. This appears to be a common bug with these new Asus coolers with the OLED display. Any questions, feel free to ask. Please tell me what you think - hope you guys enjoy!
Video of it in action!