About a year ago I bought an iMac and while I loved it, I started to miss PC gaming. I also have an Xbox One S which I enjoy but for games like CS/Siege PC really is superior. I also have a youtube channel where I do tech tutorials and reviews and I missed reviewing cool keyboards/monitors and other peripherals. I decided I wanted another gaming PC; a Ryzen build.
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CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700x I had heard a lot about what AMD was doing with Ryzen and I was very interested. This CPU has been excellent for video editing and gaming. Premiere timeline never stutters/lags and VM's perform incredibly. I also do a little work in some IDE's (intelliJ/Visual Studio 2019) and everything compiles a lot quicker which is nice.. thought that could also be in part to the NVMe Samsung SSD.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S I had always had a pleasant experience with Noctua fans/coolers. My first built (seen here used the NH-D15 cooler and to this day that was the best cooler I've used. I should have ordered it again, but I thought the u12s would be sufficient. I was wrong, at least somewhat, because while the temps are low (barely touches 70 after OCCT stress test) there's a VERY annoying hum/howl/whine at mid to high RPMs.. this annoys me as I purchased this cooler + the Noctua fans specifically for their quiet performance. It's not too bad, and usually if I'm doing anything too intensive I have headphones in (gaming/video editing) but I'm still slightly annoyed with Noctua -which is heartbreaking because I've never had an issue with any of their products before. (also I did set fan profile to silent in bios.. which helped a bit but definitely didn't solve the issue.)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard Great motherboard. Looks clean, there's a touch of RGB and every port/connector that I have used thus far has worked perfectly. Bios has some weird mouse lag but everything else is excellent and I would buy again in a heartbeat.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB Excellent RAM that performs great and looks absolutely stunning. No issues with being recognized. I considered a lot of options for RGB RAM and could not be happier that I chose these sticks. Will definitely increase to 32GB at some point in the future.
NVME SSD: Samsung 970 Evo (500gb) This is my first NVME SSD in a computer that ISN'T a Mac. Windows 10 boots super quick.. almost instantly and there's 0 wait time after logging in. I'm also a fan of the fact that there are no cables involved.
SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 1TB This storage device is essentially allocated to games. It's an excellent drive that performs well and is covered by a 5 year warranty.
GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 8GB SC2 Purchased this GPU off of a buddy from HS. It's an excellent GPU for my purposes. I did recently order a 4k monitor, but I'm happy to dial back the settings to 1080 when gaming so as to maintain good frames. The white LEDs go with the rest of the aesthetic too.
CASE: NZXT H50i This case is magnificent. It was super easy to build in and the cable management is stellar. I wanted SOME lighting which is why I opted for the 510i instead of the 510. The lighting is gorgeous and I definitely made a great choice when it comes to this case. Highly recommend it.
PSU: EVGA SuperNova G3 650W I always use EVGA power supplies. They're super reliable, cables are durable and very clean looking and I've never had any issues. I chose 650W because that is more than sufficient for my build's needs.
OS: Windows 10 Pro I hate Windows 10. I really do.
Here's why (if you're interested): ads in a paid OS horrible local/web search still uses too much network resource for telemetry purposes (again, absurd in a paid OS) lack of control regarding updates (both when to update and which ones) inconsistent settings interface (there's like four windows where I can adjust mouse settings..)
I much prefer MacOS or Linux for quite literally everything else EXCEPT gaming (obviously) so alas I purchased Windows 10. I bought the pro version because I use HyperV for my VMs.
The build went well. No parts were DOA, there were no unexpected turns and while I do feel as though my temps should be slightly lower, they're still very safe and I can't be bothered to reseat CPU cooler. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy these iPhone pictures lol