This my first build ever. Using it mostly to game. I don't stream or do any work with photoshop and I'm probably not playing with VR anytime soon so for what it is, this PC pretty much handles all I do exceptionally well so far.
Future-proofed with the new Ryzen cpu socket so in the future I can upgrade the CPU and everything will still be good.
Installing the CPU cooler was the biggest hassle as I had to remove the stock backplate of the motherboard and it was glued on with some strong stuff. Had to use a blow dryer to heat the backplate up so it was easily removeable and switched it out with a separately ordered AM4 Deepcool mobo backplate.
Another thing with installation: To test out if the computer runs and if you have plugged everything in right, guides online say you just need to have the cpu and motherboard installed and connected to a monitor to see if it boots to bios. I sat there for hours looking for a reason why my computer wasn't starting and was thinking I had a faulty motherboard until I realized that Ryzen doesn't have the integrated graphics like the intel chips and APU's have. So you need to have the graphics card installed when you are giving your Ryzen build a test start. That was a major "oopsies" for me.
Don't regret purchasing this over Intel i5-7600k
At the moment this motherboard is relatively new so it has a few kinks it needs to work out so that it can be utilized to its full potential. In a few months from now I'm sure ASUS will send out the proper bios update to fix all the slight current issues.
I read somewhere online that these memory sticks are already optimized for my CPU but when I started my computer up, they did not run at 3200. Memory is memory though so it's fine I'm fine.
It's really good
Such an easy to use case. Looks amazing too
I suggest a mechanical keyboard to everyone. Doesn't have to be this one, just in general. If you are getting a keyboard for your build, make it mechanical!
Bought this a while back for my laptop for while I'm in college but I barely took the time and effort to get it out of my bag and use it over the laptop's trackpad. So now it's finally been put in a proper home where it truly belongs.