Built this because I decided it was time to upgrade from my laptop about 4 months ago, could barely run any games, video editing was a disaster, and on top of that I had no space left on the hard drive.
This build is mainly used for music production, video editing, and gaming. Almost all the parts were bought in store at Canada Computers (would recommend, great customer service and all the employees know what they are doing), except for the SSD, PSU, and Peripherals.
Chose the 2700 over the 2700x for the simple reason of money, it has the same everything as the "x" version, and the clock speeds could be upped to around the same level by overclocking. The CPU is a beast, can handle almost any load with no problem.
The H110i pro was not my first choice for the cooler, wanted to go with the Kraken by NZXT, but it was 30 dollars off in store, and keeps the CPU cool enough at around 25- 30 degrees C at idle. Temps never go above 55 degrees under load. The Corsair stock fans are absolutely terrible though, they are loud even at 800 rpm, and sometimes cause an annoying rattling sound. Definitely should replace them with NZXT Aer fans in the near future.
The G.SKILL Trident Z RGB is great, lighting effects and all, but before registering a legit version of Windows caused ton of blue screens. Runs at advertised speeds with XMP enabled
Decided to go with the AORUS Ultra Gaming x470 for overclocking purposes, and as a bonus, it was 70 dollars off. BIOS is great and easy to use, but overclocking is horrendous. Either I'm doing something wrong, or the CPU was on the wrong side of the silicon lottery. It barely got up to 4000 MHz and even so would cause blue screens every hour or so. The RGB Fusion software is terrible, resets the profile every time you shut down the computer, and trips off easy anti-cheat when running games.
The Gigabyte RTX 2070 was a great purchase, got it on sale for about 80 dollars off. Decided to go with a 2070 because I wasn't looking to continuously upgrade the system in order to fit my needs. RGB is great, no coil whine, and runs at 30 - 35 degrees on idle and around 60 under load.
The WD Black 500 GB M.2 SSD is great, nothing else to say about it. Planning to get a hard drive in the near future though.
The HX 750 Platinum by Corsair is a bit overkill for the system, and the cables are the most annoying thing ever to plug in, especially the 6+2 pin connector. Took me forever to plug in, and almost touches the glass side panel. Should probably buy some CableMod cables in the future.
The H500i is a wonderful case to build in, cable management is amazing, and the included RGB strips are a nice touch. One downside is that there isn't a top radiator mount, front is the only solution for a 240 mm rad.
All the peripherals are great, although the battery life on the K63 is a bit short. The G560 speakers by Logitech are amazing, a bit loud though. Also the RGB is kind or buggy, it changes colors when you open certain applications, and sometimes just randomly turn the lights off. Sound quality is great.
The Samsung monitor has the best color reproduction I've ever seen, and runs smoothly at 144hz on HDMI 2.0. Also couldn't find a DisplayPort connection, probably just me being blind. Took some getting used to the huge screen, but otherwise is amazing. Apparently it now has G-SYNC support, I'm gonna test that out soon to see if it makes a difference.
wonderful time building it. Did everything right the first time I put it together, but the motherboard doesn't have it's own power switch, and I forgot to plug in the front panel connectors. I actually tried putting them in the fan headers 3 times and a USB 2.0 port twice. I tried turning it on, and nothing happened. Took out all the cables, plugged them back in, still nothing. I took out the ram and the CPU cooler, put them back in and tried again, still nothing. I then disassembled the entire thing, and did a test on the PSU to check if it worked, and it did. I put it back together, and watched like 30 videos on putting together a PC, finally to realize I did everything right except plug in the power button.
Side note: A few weeks after putting it together and installing windows, a large red number 1 appeared in the middle of my screen and it wouldn't go away until I completely reset windows. Any possible answers as to why that could have happened are more than welcome. I also got a lot of blue screens with a different stop code every time, from memory to drive error, driver errors, at one point I also got a display error. Somehow this all went away when I registered windows, but still was confusing.