My 14 year old son and I built this PC. He is an avid gamer but I really wanted him to learn how to build his own PC. We selected the components together but he assembled most of it on his own.
We purchased a Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition Graphic Card. My son installed it and everything appeared to work ok. However, we tried the default "OC" overclocked mode, that is guaranteed by the manufacturer to work, and it started producing BSOD and other rendering issues.
We tried everything we could think of for several weeks to get the card to work in the OC mode or in manual overclocking mode. Nothing would work and the BSOD seemed to appear more and more frequently even a couple of times under the default "Gaming" mode.
We finally decided that the card was just defective so we returned it to Amazon and purchased the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC 11GB Graphic Cards GV-N208TGAMING OC-11GC instead.
I understand it isn't necessarily the most economical card and the benefits over a 1080 TI may not be as significant as the price difference. However, the whole point of the machine was so that he could learn how to overclock and optimize the computer and graphics card.
Our 2080 TI was delayed until 10/18/2018 originally. However, it showed up from Amazon this morning(10/08/2018). I left it in the box at my son's request. He wanted to install it himself. As much as I wanted to play with it I let him do the honors.
I contacted Amazon support through chat and they instantly offered a 10%($120) discount because the card was delayed. At $1080 the 2080 TI starts to become a little bit more reasonable "dollar per fps" option.
The 2080 TI is installed now and working great. We did a mild overclock to 1800 MHz with a power target at 122. Everything seems stable so far. We are getting a solid 144 FPS now in virtually every game @ 1440p with all settings maxed out and with HDR enabled.
I am a big fan of HDR and I am trying to convince my son it is worth it. He played fortnight in HDR and he could definitely see the difference that Wide Color Gamut and 10 BITs offer.
Overall I think we have achieved our goal of 1440p @ 144 FPS solid in every game with HDR. It really was fun building the PC with my son. Even the 2 month wait for the graphics card gave us something to talk about every day. The whole experience has been well worth the money.
We still have to clean up the cable management a bit but at least we have a fully functional PC now. Let me know what you think about the components we have selected and the build we have done.