This is my current rebuild of my gaming system. The parts were purchased over a period of 6 to 9 months, mostly on sale. I aimed to maximize my GPU performance while leaving room to upgrade to whatever the equivalent will be for the final run of AM4 processors, to the current 3900X chip. I didn't cable manage as well as I could've and that's the one thing I would change.
The audio levels of this setup are actually quite reasonable. I get asked about it all the time. The system sounds like a jet engine when booting, but I find that to be mildly hilarious. Fan curves are 10% to 40C, 30% to 50C, 60% to 60C, 80% to 80C. Very quiet under load.
This is an excellent value-per-dollar processor. I have had nothing but good experiences with mine. This is especially appealing if you are upgrading and live near a Micro Center. Make the drive and save yourself fifty bucks on the processor when you buy a motherboard, if you can. Otherwise, worth the 199.99 MSRP and more.
This is an excellently priced 360mm AIO. Took off one star because Fractal doesn't include the greatest fans with the unit, but that's easily replaced. Warranty void stickers on a product designed to be opened is a joke, and is now technically illegal in the United States. Otherwise, I would forgive the fans and give five stars. Can't get behind that though. Also, the fan hub is pretty worthless, given that most fan headers only provide about one amp worth of current, if you're considering doing a push-pull setup.
This is a decent motherboard. Lacks features that more expensive boards would have, but this does me just fine. 3 stars because I feel the heatsink implementation could've been more intelligently implemented (a-la the ASRock Pro series of motherboards), I don't like MSI's UEFI, and the lack of other features on more expensive boards like the ASUS Prime.
Certainly gets the job done though. Better than my last motherboard (Z170). Would recommend spending the extra 50-100 bucks and getting something nicer, though.
One nice-to-have about this board is the amount of fan, pump and RGB headers included. Lots of play-room.
This kit was perfect for Ryzen, but I'm underwhelmed by the RGB aspect. I didn't buy for RGB though. This was the cheapest CL 16 3600 kit I could get at the time of purchase. RAM is RAM. Minus one star for underwhelming RGB effects (set mine to static). Otherwise, this is great RAM.
Subpar application performance offset by class leading TBW endurance ratings. If you don't want to spend the money on a Samsung Evo drive, this is likely to be your next best bet. For application performance, stick with Intel 660p, but if you have things in mind other than application performance, this is among the best NVME drives you can buy. See the Tom's Hardware review for more info. 4 stars, minus one for poor application performance.
I purchased this as a secondary drive for my system, for around seventy dollars on sale. Since I'm not putting it through heavy use and intend on using it mostly for archiving and non-gaming related things, I think it will do just fine.
Wouldn't use this as a system drive, though, given that NVME is so cheap now.
This is an excellent card and the heat sink and fans all seem to be adequate. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about it. Comes with anti-sag brace and looks the part of a beast. Five stars. No complaints.
This is a great case. However, you will need to modify the dust filters with something more breathable, like the Pura PC Filter on Amazon, in order to get the full benefits of the case. For that, I must take off a star.
I purchased this on sale for under 80 dollars. Unlikely to ever be that cheap again, but I'd pay 100 for it, easily, and no more. Plenty of working space. Cable management is so easy that it's a joke.
One bad thing is how fat the case is.
One amazing thing is the ability to configure your fans in all possible orientations, which was the reason I selected this case to begin with.
One ironic thing is that this case does worse with air flow than the Dynamic (unmodded), making the Dynamic a better "airflow" case and this airflow oriented case a better stock "water cooling" case.
I chose this part because Corsair is known for high quality PSUs and it had ample power. This is a remnant from my last build. Paid 80$ at time of purchase. Zero complaints. Five stars.
Wireless Network Adapter
If this part was plug-and-play, it would get five stars from me. Instead, minus one, because it does it's job.