I wanted a real play and work horse and got this. It was a year of planning and impatience building up the money for this. Should I have waited for Navi and Ryzen 3000? Absolutely. Do I regret going ahead and doing this? Absolutely not. I love this thing to bits. It's my first ever build and it's a massive beast. There are a few things I could have done different, like the NVME and the CPU cooler. With me attempting some form of video and audio production, this'll hold me steady for a long long time. Got bit in the *** with the motherboard, I didn't trust gigglebyte enough after hearing about their X470 BIOS pulls and their dual BIOS switching issues. So it was the CH7 Wifi for me. Got bit in the *** in price. Sure it was 20 dollars more than I would have wanted to pay for it, but there has been so many features on this that have saved me a lot of trouble. Sturdy as hell board too. Feel like I can run that 3900X on here no problems.
The GPU is my main focus on this build, I've always heard about Vega and how weird it is. I personally wanted a taste and to tame the beast myself, see it's secrets. Boy OH BOY does it please. Sapphire nailed this card. 39°C at O RPM? 28.4°C at Idling fan? Rarely touches 70 ON AIR FOR A VEGA? Hoowee. It's cuz of that EXTRA THICC cooler. There is one thing on this that was a pain. The coil whine. At first, anything above 70 FPS gave horrific coil whine, loud enough to be heard on phone calls and drive my Borderlands 2 Co-Op buddy nuts. Over time it "burned in" I guess and the coil whine is completely gone. 10/10 faith restored. Good job Sapphire. I love this GPU, all time favorite cooler design and look. Did an undervolt and a little bit of an OC. Lowered to 1000mV and it's running at 1552mhz on State 6 and 1667mhz right now on State 7. Memory clocked to 1100mhz at 980mhz. Holding this pretty well. I cant hear at all over the CPU fan or the case fans
The case was a tremendous joy to work in, ample room and a really nice fan hub. Love the look of it. Dark TG adds that sleek sleeper look to it until I press the power button and BAM! No one in the room expects it. Great fans too. Dead silent system. Loudest piece is the stock cooler. The case fans are a low hum you'd have to purposely pay attention to if you wanna hear them at idle. At a bigger load their a bigger whooshing hum and that CPU fan is a ROCKET. Its not a terrible noise tbh, sounds meaty all together. With some good cans I dont hear it at all. Doesnt kick up that loud during games either. Just workloads.
I love this as my first, could I have done better in terms of budgeting and parts choice? Yeah. But I picked things I specificially wanted to use to see for myself how they performed and things I wanted to have fun tweeking. Overall she's a clean gal. At some point I'll do a year later update and upgrade to her.