Desperately needed an upgrade in anticipation for new games like Cyberpunk (delayed unfortunately). In addition, I needed a little extra juice for the occasional stream and workstation tasks. For aesthetics, I wanted a Gator blue and orange color scheme without too much pizazz and I think I nailed it. Overall the build went great - got some great Black Friday deals, I had to wait a while to start as the Lancool ii was on pre-order, and had some issues with RAM but other than that everything worked out.
Case: was originally going with the Meshify C. However the Lancool ii caught my eye, so I pre-ordered and I'm very happy with it. Great cable management and airflow. I am currently running 6 fans in the chassis.
CPU: previous build had an i5-3570k which carried me a long way; times have changed. Got a Ryzen 7 3800x for the price of a 3700x. The Wraith Prism honestly wasn't as hard to get in as everyone says it is.
GPU: absolutely loved my Sapphire card in my old build, so I stuck with them and got the 5700 XT Nitro+... VERY PLEASED WITH THIS DECISION!
RAM: I ordered a non-Bdie 32GB TridentZ NEO kit on sale from Newegg for like $140. Both sticks were massively screwed up on arrival, with BSOD's and Memtest86 spitting out thousands of errors within a few seconds of running. I didn't want to wait a month to get my replacement (which also might not work) so I ended up ordering a B-die kit instead, with way better timings, for another $100. Works amazingly. Lesson learned: just get B-die from the start...
Mobo: was going to go with the tomahawk but I wanted pci-e 4.0 and two NVMe slots, The Aorus Elite fit these criteria and it was on sale. Had some issues with flashing bios but it worked itself out.
Storage: for money reasons I got a standard Samsung SATA SSD, for now.
PSU: went with a 650w Super Flower OEM PSU from Rosewill. No issues here.
Misc: custom power sleeve cables for the aesthetic, some decent rgb case fans, a fan hub for the all fans.
Definitely need (well... want) 2x NVMe SSD's. Probably going to upgrade to a Zen3 chip when they come out. I may also end up upgrading to an RTX 3080 depending on the truth to these rumors, although I am very happy with the Nitro+ so far. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! This is pretty much a higher binned 3700x that demolishes any task I throw at it. On sale? Get it. If not, just stick with the 3700x to save a few doll-hairs. You won't be disappointed either way.
Under-rated board for the price. x570, 2x NVMe, plenty of rear USB ports and a USB-C header, decent audio, etc. This board is perfect for the average build.
It's B-die. It does what it's supposed to and more, unlike my original SK Hynix kit. And it looks pretty.
There's a reason I have a Samsung fridge. You better bet anything they make is good, and this is no exception.
Can't say enough good things about the Nitro+ and Sapphire in general. I run it in conjunction with a 1440p 155hz monitor and it runs most games on ultra at 155+ fps. For more demanding AAA titles you may need to turn the visuals down to high, otherwise you're spending at least a few hundred more on a Nvidia card just to get a few more frames.
Great tower with lots of features. Super-duper easy to build in and route your cables. Great airflow too, I run a 3/3 config but it can fit up to 8 120mm fans. Easy to clean and access your storage devices.
Great PSU from Rosewill that performs its job admirably, for a good price. It's a Super Flower OEM which has a great reputation, so here's to no explosions.
I am in shock that this monitor sells for $275. It's easily one of the nicest displays I have laid my eyes on, and it's a TN panel. I tuned it fairly easily in the settings to 155hz and Freesync works great with my Nitro+. Make sure to use a decent DP cable if you overclock the refresh rate.
Standard RGB case fans. For the price, they are very good. Surprisingly high build quality and decent airflow. RGB looks a little dull compared to the rest of my build, but it's not too bad.
Can't believe I got this for $20. One of the best mouses I have ever owned.
Worked very well for my needs. Very stiff, which is a double-edged sword. You need to work it to bend the way you want. But once you have it in place, it will never move on it's own.