Description

I use this build for gaming, browsing, and occasional content creation. Purchasing parts had some hiccups but assembly went smoothly.

CPU For a CPU, I chose the Ryzen 7 3700X. It is an excellent 8c/16t processor which I would recommend to anyone.

CPU Cooler I was debating whether to get a liquid cooler or air cooler, and decided to get air in the end. It is more reliable, cheaper, and suits my needs better. A friend recommended the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi, so I purchased it. I had to get it for 68 dollars on amazon, and it shipped from Italy to America. Some of the clips for the top of the tower were broken, so I secured the top with zip ties. It is an excellent cooler in terms of performance and looks, but it certainly is not worth 100-120 dollars as it is listed on many sites.

Motherboard For the motherboard, I decided to spend just a bit more to get a X570 board and avoid the bios update required for X470 and B450 boards. The Gigabyte Aorus Elite is a good balance of looks, performance, and price. I did run out of USB 2.0 headers though, so I will have to connect a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter to it for my front panel headers.

Memory For RAM, I chose the G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3200 16 GB kit. It looks great and works great.

Storage I moved my SSD and HDD from a previous pc to this one, keeping software and OS.

Video Card I chose the EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming for its high boost clock and lighting. EVGA is a very trustworthy brand and the card performs well, looks good, and has a good price. EVGA's Precision X1 software is a bit hard to use at first, but it works.

Case For a case, I chose the NZXT S340 Elite. I bought the case a year ago when it was last in stock at newegg and amazon. It is a great case which allows you to show off your hardware, especially your SSD and provides a lot of points and clips for cable management. It's a shame NZXT seems to no longer produce it.

Power Supply The EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W was the perfect power supply for this build. It has a fully modular design for easier cable management and sufficient wattage.

Case Fan I swapped out the case fans that came with the S340 Elite with Aer RGB 2 120mm fans for lighting. I have ordered two more 140mm fans by Noctua for the front of the case, and I will install them when they arrive. Because the motherboard only has two system fan headers, I will use two splitter cables.

Monitor The Acer XF270HU is a great 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor for a good price, which I picked up at Micro Center for 370 dollars. The panel came with no dead pixels, and colors were good out of the box.

Keyboard As an upgrade from my old gel keyboard, I bought Corsair's K68 RGB Gaming mechanical keyboard when it was on sale on Prime Day for 70 dollars. The Cherry MX Red switches feel and sound better, and lighting makes the whole thing better.

Headphones I bought the Steelseries Arctis 3 renewed on amazon as a relatively cheap upgrade for my old Stereo headset. It has excellent sound quality and is very comfortable, even for a Ray-Ban style glasses wearer.

Lighting Controller I bought NZXT's HUE 2 for all my RGB needs. It works perfectly.

I will update this once the front panel headers and front fans are installed.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent 8c/16t processor with a lower price than Intel alternatives. For budget performance though, I would recommend a Ryzen 5 3600.

CPU Cooler

Great looking and well performing cooler. I would like it if the top was held on more securely, because mine had broken clips due to shipping. It's a shame Cryorig seemingly stopped producing them.

Motherboard

A great looking well priced motherboard. I had no trouble with the installation and boot. Placement of one of the fan headers is a bit inconvenient for cable management, but it's doable.

Memory

Looks great, performs well, and not overpriced.

Storage

Really nice solid state drive with a high enough capacity for everything I need. Fast boot speeds. Low cost.

Storage

Came with a prebuilt I purchased a while ago. It acts like a normal 3 TB drive but gets a bit loud under load.

Video Card

A good graphics card from evga with good value and performance. Also looks great. Excellent card for 1440p.

Case

A great case which allows you to show off your hardware, especially your SSD. Takes a lot of the pain out of cable management with clips and tie down points. Comes with zip ties, a sata power extension cable for the front SSD, and a cable management puck too. It's a shame they are so hard to find now.

Power Supply

Great PSU with modular design to help cable management. There's also eco mode, but I don't really use that.

Case Fan

Good looking RGB fan which isn't too bright. The connector cables it comes with can be a bit short though.

Monitor

Great value for a 1440p144 IPS Monitor. Got it from Micro Center for 370 dollars and it has no dead pixels or anything. Speakers are bad, but I really don't use them.

Keyboard

A good Cherry MX Red keyboard with nice lighting. Also has some features like volume and video control, along with a windows key lock, which can be handy sometimes.

Headphones

Good audio and build quality for a slightly high price.

Custom

A great lighting controller with LED strips that are a bit bright in my opinion. Regardless of what other people say, CAM software is pretty good.

Comments

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

Great build. As you said its a shame Cryorig stopped producing this cooler, its my favorite and in my opinion, its the best looking air cooler out there, also it performs very well. Some custom sleeve cables for your build maybe white will take it to another level. just my opinion :-D

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will definitely consider adding custom sleeves, but I think I will hold off on it for now.

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

In the future would you consider upgrading to a gen4 SSD?