First Build in over a decade! Due to current PC Component prices, I really had to hunt to get everything at a reasonable price. I started buying parts in early February(started with GTX 1070 FE) so I was frequently on r/buildpcsales.
I built my first PC in 2007 but she's been long dead. The PC component world has changed ten-fold. (I had 4 sticks of 1GB DDR2 @800 MHZ)
First and foremost I love all things tech. I'd consider myself a hobbyist and had some friends build PCs back in January so I got very jealous and took the plunge. (May have intentionally one-upped them!)
PLEX Currently, I run a Plex server with 8TBs off a mac-mini that can transcode 4K on a good day but typically just 1080p. So I wanted to beef it up a bit. Ryzen 2700x with 8 cores enticed me.
Gaming Been console forever(PS4 Pro) and probably still for exclusives but cheaper prices, a bigger selection, and more friends on PC it felt like the right move.
Video Editing Have terabytes upon terabytes of unused GoPro footage. Never really had a computer that could hand 4K video editing.
Multitasking I want a 24/7 Plex server. The Ryzen line enticed me because of its performance in multi-threading. I want to be able to transcode 3-4 Plex streams and still be able to game.
I always get anxious with thermal paste. The Prism cooler comes with it pre-applied but I still wanted to get it right the first attempt. I did not! The first attempt I could not get the damn hooks on the prism to lock onto the motherboard and ended up getting frustrated and pulling it back off. This led to thermal paste dripping down the edges of the CPU so I cleaned it up and re-attempted. Turns out the Prism's tension lever for locking it down was in the wrong position first attempt.
Everything else was smooth sailing!
I bought a CPU Cooler before I had the CPU! I intended to use the Hyper 212x Dual Fan cooler but once I got the 2700x I just loved the Prism Cooler too damn much! Once I break in the new machine I may explore better overclocking and swap in the 212x.
All prices are tax included
Stores Used Microcenter(MOBO,CPU), Best Buy(Monitor, GPU, keyboard,mouse,headset) Amazon(PSU, fans, NVMe, OS), NewEgg(SSD, RAM, Case, 212x)