I have never built a computer before because I was so afraid of damaging hardware and incurring a huge cost. That is until I started taking Computer Systems and Service classes and found I really enjoy building computers. This build originally started as a pre-built Cyberpower gaming computer. All that remains now is the processor, two of the drives and the GPU. I wasn't incredibly satisfied with the stock build, but when I initially purchased it I was using a Gateway FX6480 with an i7 870 from 2010 and was in a rush for an upgrade. This is really my first time coming up with a build. Thankfully, there is a great deal of information out now to help with picking parts and assist with planning. I chose to stick with the 2700x because it is quite fast (even though it is a bit hot) and the RTX 2070 because it is powerful enough to really take on anything so far.
I chose the cooler because it was one of the few tower coolers that would fit in my old case and the black/white theme stuck. The original cooler was a branded Cooler Master, but it looked just like a hunk of aluminum with a fan on top. The MSI B450 Tomahawk board really stood out to me because I wanted an ATX size board without paying for the bells and whistles of the X470 boards. Originally it had come with a Gigabyte GA-AX370M-DS3H motherboard that seemed particularly lacking in any customization. Initially, the RAM that came with the system was 16gb of C17 (Yes, 17) Geil Evo Potenza 2400mhz. The Team Dark Pro really stood out to me aesthetically and for the speed. Speaking of the speed, it was like night and day so the added cost was worth it. Right now I use the 860 Evo as my boot drive and the 970 Evo Plus as my game drive. I know that sounds a little backwards but I will say that the load times in games is practically non-existent. The other two drives are hold-overs from the initial build and are completely empty right now. To be honest, I was fine using the stock +80 Bronze 600w power supply (that didn't have a name) and even the Corsair 750w CX750M that I had tried out for just beyond the return period (Oops). However, with the constraints the case had with PSU size I decided on a smaller Seasonic fully modular power supply. Gold would have been fine, but I wanted white lettering. The case had caught my interest because of the airflow and how clean it looked. It went well with my cooler and the fans that I like. I think I may get into Noctua's cooling solutions with the release of more black hardware. I don't really like LED fans, but I wanted lighting. I installed 2 LED strips on the top and rear of the case to light up the inside and connected it to the motherboard 12v RGB. Simple, but quite effective and achieved the lighting I want.
For the most part this has been a learning experience and a great deal of fun.