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What I Use This Computer For

  • This computer was built for mainly gaming, along with plans for future photo/video editing and streaming down the road.

Build Hiccups

  • I had very few issues which were easily sorted out, impressed all of the people who have came over and saw it, done wonders for me. Only things that were overseen was the fan extension cable for one of the Noctua fans on the bottom wasn't long enough (not like it would've mattered anyways since I didn't have enough fan headers to begin with) so I had to use the auxiliary fan header on the back of my video card (Thanks EVGA). And I did not have enough USB 2.0 headers for me to be able to use the interactive power measuring feature of the HX1000i, this doesn't affect anything though. So a USB/Fan header hub might be on the cards to produce a slightly cleaner build.

Other Build Notes

  • This is the first computer I've fully built, and I'm very happy with the way it came out. I had a laptop (Asus GL502VT) that I had used for the two and a half/three years before this, and I wanted to build something that would make me jump as far away as possible from that performance level. It looks like I did well with achieving that goal. It took me much longer than it should've taken to build this computer (spent all of Christmas Day working on it) but I just wanted to make sure I got everything right. Since I didn't want to skimp on any component in this build, I ran into the misfortune of being dead out of money when I still needed a monitor. As a result, I get to use a TV (Samsung N5300, 32 inch 1080p 20ms refresh) until I can afford a monitor, should be sometime after COVID calms down (June/July).

OC And Other Miscellaneous Specs

  • Left CPU at stock for single core turbos in games + instability when all core oc'ing on Zen 2
  • Got the memory timing down to 16-16-16-36, can't be asked to try and push farther
  • GPU OC is +110 on core with +250 on the memory (memory was kind of a dud at oc'ing unfortunately)
  • Bought the K70 Rapidfire and Cloud 2's back in February of 2018
  • Bought the G Pro Wireless back in April/May of 2019
  • Fan situation is 5 intake (3 front, 2 bottom) and 3 exhaust (2 top, 1 back)

April 2020 Update

  • Updated build list to be more in line with what I currently have. Changes include, addition of the Z-Line L-Shaped desk to main while the Origami desk is a secondary. Addition of the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee's. Addition of the HyperX Quadcast + Neweer Boom Mic Arm. And the addition of the Logitech Powerplay mousepad which I had sitting in my closet for three-quarters of a year. I haven't had a single complaint about the computer since I built it. Everything's been running fine.

  • Powerplay mousepad was sitting in my closet because I had a bad experience with a G903 and a different Powerplay mousepad where it chewed the mouse feet off of the G903 after two and a half weeks during normal use. Tried it with the G Pro Wireless and it did the exact same thing but after 20 minutes. That prompted me to get replacement mouse feet but from a third party. Third party mouse feet (Hyperslides) have been doing fine with the Powerplay mousepad and no issues between the two this far.

Part Reviews

CPU

Absolutely flawless. 12 cores is EXTREMELY overkill for what I do but at the time of purchase the 3700x was only $100 cheaper. So I decided to spend that extra $100 for the Ryzen 9 nameplate that I could put on my build.

CPU Cooler

Was an absolute pain to install, but other than that its kept my 3900x very cool. Tops out at 76c after an hour stress testing.

Motherboard

Fantastic motherboard with fantastic looks. Unfortunately was one USB 2.0 and one fan header short for me (my own fault for not realizing) but doesn't create any performance issues. One of the best motherboards for Ryzen 9, but for anything like a 3800x, you'll be better off saving money on something like a msi gaming carbon board.

Memory

Was able to tighten the timings to 16-16-16-36 from the standard 17-18-18-38 and they look damn good while doing it.

Storage

Lightning fast, with Samsung reliability. Yes, it might be more expensive than comparable Gen 4 PCIe NVME drives, but reliability > getting a slight speed bump that doesn't affect day to day tasks.

Video Card

Absolutely stomps everything I throw at it. Ultra settings with RTX On in Modern Warfare at 180fps no problem. And the fan header on the back of the video card means that the fan which didn't have a fan header to use (or one on the motherboard to reach even if there was another one) can now be used instead of sitting dormant in my case.

Case

Fantastic looking case which was relatively easy to build in. The separate back section meant that my shoddy cable management could be easily hidden for no one to know, unless you read that last sentence.

Power Supply

Extremely quiet PSU with reliability branded into the length of the warranty.

Case Fan

Great looking Noctua fans which do the job just as intended. The included extension cables are a bit short and I can definitely see people who use these in full tower cases having to buy a fan hub to actually be able to use the fans they bought.

Keyboard

First mechanical keyboard I had ever used and has served me well for the past 2 years. Never had any complaints with it, except maybe the wrist rest being a little annoying to clean and not being some sort of soft or plush material like with the K95 Platinum XT, but that keyboard came out 2 years after this did.

Mouse

Battery usually lasts me more than a week on a single charge, feels great, light, fantastic mouse. Only gripes are the scroll wheel, which I wish had the same tactility as the G903, and the G Hub being a non-perfect software to use (game profiles always overriding desktop profile).

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