Started planning this build during October, and began purchasing parts early November. Took advantage of as many Black Friday deals as I could, and purchased a GPU secondhand. It's being used as a gaming and a workstation/development rig.
This is my first build for myself. I've been able to build some other machines for friends, but have never had the opportunity to build my own. I saw the Lian-Li Dynamic someone on the internet, and had to go with it. Despite being a case for watercooling builds, I knew I wanted to go air. There's something about the retro feel of a big fat heatsink I just love. Haven't seen to many air-cooled Dynamics, but hopefully some more pop up in the future, I'd love to see some other ideas with this case.
League of Legends, maxed settings @ 1080p: 144fps, no serious drops/spikes
Destiny 2, maxed settings @ 1080p: 144fps with short drops to ~120, ran for ~90 minutes
Overwatch, Ultra settings @ 1080p: 144fps with occasional drops to ~125, ran for ~120 minutes. Highest GPU temp so far at 62c.
Cinebench (ran at stock 3.4 GHz): 1259cb for CPU, 126.93 FPS for OpenGL.
I'm going to overclock a bit more in the future, but I'm sitting at 3.6GHz currently.
I ended up spending $1,304.64 (a solid $4 over-budget) for everything including monitor, keyboard, and mouse. That also includes tax and shipping where applicable.
Will update once I OC more, but all is good so far at 3.6 GHz!
Fits beautifully inside the Dynamic. Being one of the few coolers inside the 155mm clearance range, and sitting at 149mm, looks awesome and fits great. I'll really test out the cooling capabilities once I OC further, currently idling at 30c, haven't passed 42c under load. My only gripe is the difficulty of the installation of the fan in the middle. I don't have a better solution honestly, but the current one is a bit irritating and tricky to work with.
One of the few motherboards that offered USB 3.0 Type-C front panel support. Got it for under $100 bundled with the Ryzen 2600 at Microcenter. The orange accents weren't my favorite at first, but ended up going with the RGB color I went with (for now) nicely.
Once I enabled XMP, it ran at advertised speeds. I was wary about this RAM looking a little gaudy, but I'm pleasantly surprised after all is said and done. I wish the timings were a bit better, but...$120 for 16gigs of 3200? Hard to beat.
Got it off eBay for like $50. 3 second boot times? Sounds good to me.
Picked this baby up for $200 local, was mined on briefly (underclocked, undervolted, yada, yada) but hasn't shown me any issues so far. Looks great, runs great.
Looks exceptional, really shows off some of the components in the build. Build quality of the case is amazing, all metal and glass construction really feels sturdy, and despite being a watercooling case, seems to be geting a good amount of airflow. The dust filters are "meh" at best, I've head about replacing them with some SuperFine mesh filters, which I'll probably do in the future for better cleaning and airflow.
PSU was the bane of my existence for this build. Purchased my first one off Reddit's HardwareSwap, sadly the guy never shipped it and I had to follow up with a PayPal dispute. Followed up ordering from B&H, where the package got damaged in transit. They told me they'd process the claim and overnight me a new one (I'm on the east coast), but after taking 3 days to process the claim, issued me a refund.
Ordered directly from EVGA, and had no issues, thing runs beautifully.
Ordered these guys before realizing I needed 3-pin RGB, but as my CPU LED slot on my motherboard is 4-pin, and there's plenty of additional mounting hardware (splitters, daisy chain, etc), I was able to branch all 3 fans off that one header. Works well, even at full load are fairly quiet, and move a decent amount of air.
Ordered these after I realized I needed 3-pin RGB. Work just as well as the RF120s. Nice and quiet, move a decent amount of air, and look good!
Purchased at Microcenter on sale for about $150. Quality item for the price. The colors on the monitor originally are very washed out, but with a little tweaking looks great.
Purchased for $100 refurb at Microcenter. Great keyboard, super high actuation point feels incredibly responsive. Took a bit to get used to it, a few bad keystrokes here and there as it's my first mechanical in years.
Had my eye on this guy for a while. I like the simplicity of the mouse as opposed to some shark-teeth laden, 16 million DPI, 18-led mice that seem to be flooding the market. Just wanted something that looked simple, functions well, and is comfortable. There's a ridge on the outside that holds my ring and pinky fingers very well. I have medium-large hands, and generally play palm.