I was looking to put together a new gaming pc and my original plans included an i5 9600K and a mid-range motherboard but (as I often do) I found myself wanting to go "all in" and I ended up getting a used 9900K for under $450 on ebay. With the change in CPU I wanted to find a motherboard that was up to the task thus I went with the Z390 Aorus Master and I could not be happier with my decision. I will say that I am not just using this pc for gaming but also for some video rendering (daily) so the extra power has been great. I won a nice Best Buy gift card from a work event so I decided to use it to buy the RTX 2080. I am paring this with my ASUS PG279Q. I was hesitant to go back to a silence focused case after completing my last couple of builds in the Meshify C which offers OUTSTANDING airflow but even with the this case I am getting some great CPU temps (28 at idle and <70 at full load) so I am very happy with the Define S2. At some point I might look at a custom loop but for now I am very happy with this build. Being a 35 year old man I am not overly interested in the RGB craze and I prefer a more clean look. The build quality of the Define S2 is outstanding!!
UPDATE: Today I ended up removing the 2nd (1TB) NVME SSD as heat was a real issue. The drive itself was installed in the top M.2 slot and was hitting 68 degrees C. This was also driving my CPU temps up from the previous load temp of 70 to 89 degrees C (yikes!). After removing the drive my normal temps have returned. I will look for a SATA drive for my additional storage needs
outstanding cpu for video rendering and gaming; if you can find it under $450 it is worth it!
For the price/performance ratio it is hard to beat the CLC 280. Gamer's Nexus did a nice review comparison including the EVGA coolers. I found it on sale for $89.99 and it is a steal at that price
outstanding motherboard; pricey but worth it for the 9900K
One of best cases that I have ever built in. Everything was very well thought out; yes it is very similar to the Define R6 but I no longer use 3.5in drives so I prefer this layout to the R6.