The purpose of this build was to replace my laptop for Photo editing and some Video Editing. I also wanted it to be capable of playing games at 1440p with medium to high graphic settings. Since I am not a huge gamer it's wasn't super important to have the top of the line everything. My budget was around $1,000 USD for the system, not including monitor, which I stayed close to but not within haha. The AIO CPU cooler wasn't planed nor was the second set of ram. I had originally planned for the Ryzen 7 2700x chip but when I watch and read reviews comparing the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 chips I felt the Ryzen 7 3700x was the best bang for the buck for what I needed/ wanted.
I chose the Ryzen 7 3700x for its core and thread counts and price. Also having the ability to overclock it, it allows me to experiment with the chip and see what it can do.
The Cooler Master ML240R was a knee jerk buy as I had originally planned on just having this system air cooled. I had no experience in liquid cooling for systems as none of that existed when I first got into building PCs. It wasn't dificult to install but did take some time and figuring out where to plug each connection (pump/fan) into the motherboard. It seems to work well however the pump is very loud and has a constant humming sound. I am not sure if this is normal or just with this model and there are ones on the market that are more quiet. I have the fans set up to pull air through the radiator into the case. It seems to work well.
I chose the MSI X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI for its built in WiFi 6, on-board sound, and ability to grow as I upgrade in the future. The board seems solid and I've not had any issues with it to date. I am pleased with the looks and layout of the board.
The 32GB of DDR3200 ram was a mistake and I just stuck with it. I had ordered a set and then saw the same set specified for AMD processors so I ordered that set. Instead of returning the original set I just kept it since it worked and now have 32GB of ram. Total over kill but does help with video editing.
For the main OS HD I chose to go with a M.2 NVME SSD since they are faster than conventional SSD's and the price wasn't that much more. I house my main OS and programs on the M.2 drive and plan to expand my storage in the future with a 2TB SSD. The only data I keep on my main system are files I am actively working on. Once finished everything gets pushed over to a Server I have set up.
The GTX 1660 seemed to be a good middle of the road graphics card that could handle moderate gaming at 1440p with medium to high graphics setting depending on the game. Since I am not a huge gamer I didn't see the need to get an RTX card that was much more expensive at the time of purchase. The card seems to do its job and I've been able to run most of the games I play at 1440p with decent fps and graphics settings. It works .... haha
Choosing a case seemed to be the hardest part of the build. I am old school in that I like a simple case that isn't flashy or over the top. I wanted something with good ventilation and a decent look. I am not one for RGB and this is my first build with RGB in it. I'll admit it's cool but I can see where it can be gaudy and over the top. The side window panel is nice and I enjoy being able to see the components. It's a simple case that does the job I need it to do. I do with the I/O on the case was on the side apposed to the top but meh .... not that big a deal.
The Corsair RM750 is the same power supply I've had in my server for years and never had a problem with it. So, I just went with what I had experience and knew worked.
Windows ... that more is there to say haha.
The LG 34UC88 was another knee jerk buy. It was on sale when I got it and seemed like a decent monitor when I was playing with the. I do wish the refresh rate was a little quicker but I can't really see the difference while editing or playing games. I know a faster refresh rate would be better for gaming but against that wasn't the primary reason for the build.
Overall I am happy with the build, that's all that matters right haha. I haven't built a PC since the late 90's early 2000's and while the concept hasn't changed much the parts and involvement has. It's been simplified in some ways and not so much in others. It was a fun project and took longer than I expected to complete. I look forward to upgrading this system over the years to come and getting back into the PC building world.