The 3rd gen Ryzen release pushed me over the edge and tempted me to start getting serious about an (admittedly overindulgent) upgrade from a i5-8400/1060 3gb. Most of these parts I picked up on sale over the course of a few months, except for the CPU (which I got pretty close to release) and the GPU (which I got a discount on due to a mix up with an originally ordered Strix-2070 Super).
Overall quite happy but I am still trying to squeeze every last bit of performance out of it. Naturally it crushes most games at 1080p Max settings, the enigma that is RDR2 not-withstanding.
Here are some notes:
Great case to build in
Castle 240 water-cooler didn't fit, naturally the NZXT x62 fits perfectly
Having trouble maintaining decent boost clocks, could be BIOS version, BIOS settings, the MOBO, or my lack of knowledge. Any suggestions here are greatly appreciated, as there is little consensus on the best potential for the 3700x/x470 combo, especially with recent updates.
SPECTRIX D41 (@ 3200mhz 16-18-18) RAM looks nice, but gives pretty poor scores in every memory benchmark i've used. Would like to upgrade at some point, but still dont know what the best value/performance is here. RAM RGB is also tricky to get to do what you want, but I have had issues with AURA all-around. The memory looks cool when its on rainbow, but it changes out of order (1-3-2-4) and adjusting manually is a pain since there are 4 lighting zones per stick and 4 sticks, all of which can't be re-named or grouped AFAIK.
S11 Pro 1TB NVME drops to about half speed when over half capacity, which is still decent for the price.
Claymore isn't that great to be honest. Weird shape prevents wrist-rest, the sound is more key-against-metal-frame than clicky MX Brown. The removable and side-switchable num-pad is cool and useful though. Plus It was on sale for 50% off so whatever. Headset was also on sale so the value is still there, but they require a good ammount of tinkering to sound right. There's some good guides on reddit.
Max-OC so far is 4.2ghz stable on all cores without much tinkering, but generally leave it at base to enable the 4.4 boost. Certain PBO options that were marginally increasing cinebench scores where DRASTICALLY increasing temps.
Oh and any general help with setting up a nice lighting configuration without it sometimes eating up seemingly unreasonably amounts of CPU/memory would really make me a happy dude.