Introduction Michelle 2017:
I decided to wait for Ryzen to come out before I started this endeavor, from what I can tell - It was well worth the wait! I'm rocking the Ryzen 1700x, 32gb ram, 1tb M.2 & 1080. I wanted a machine that is VR ready and can handle any of the games I currently play but more importantly I wanted something that can handle my productivity workload without any problems. I've achieved this ;).
My biggest concern is Ryzen - There are a ton of bugs that I am finding and it does not support my virtualization needs with my MSI B350 motherboard, I was forced to go with a cheaper motherboard because it was the only AM4 motherboard that would fit in my case at the time of purchase. I'm going to have to just be patient for the bugs to work out.
This is my second build and I thought it would be appropriate to continue the "Michelle [Year|" pattern from my previous build in 2013. (which, was my first). I was able to take this a step further and get the glass etched with a logo that I designed and my signature on the bottom right. I feel this adds a uniqueness and aesthetic appeal that goes well with my office ambiance.
Biggest problem: CABLE MANAGEMENT
I absolutely can not stand cables, It took me 6 hours and 25 minutes to achieve the cable management solution that I wanted. The most challenging part was to make it look like there were no cables connecting the monitor to the case. My countertop is a 10ft long piece of Glass and I can't just cut the glass without cracking it and it was too much of a hassle to bring it to a shop. So I went to Home Depot and bought some PVC plumbing and went through the wall and back out under the desk. Unfortunately, I had to buy cable extenders for ALL of my accessories and monitor for it to reach the hidden battery backup, under the desk.
I took this a step further and build a cabinet door that will go directly under the desk, this hides all of the cables when looking below. I was able to hide my air purification system, battery backup & all cables securely behind the right-hand side drawers, I cut holes in the back of the drawers to make sure the airflow was adequate
The Monitor: Asus ROG PG348Q Black 34", Curved
This was a big leap of faith for me, I previously had three Asus 27" monitors and I loved it! But, I felt my productivity was severely lacking because of just how easy it was to get distracted. Unfortunately, there was only one, Tripple, 27" monitor mount on the market when I built my desk and purchased my monitors so I was forced to drill a huge hole right in the middle of my desk and since downgrading (or upgrading?) to this single 34", I no longer need the hole for the mount, so.. I have this big hole in the middle of my desk haha.
The Keyboard: Logitech G710+; Mechanical
I feel that I have to mention my Logitech keyboard in this, I have been using this keyword since Linus reviewed it in 2013, this keyboard is truly amazing, I have been using it for 5-15 hours/day for 4 years now and it's like, it's never aged! Logitech has really outdone themselves (It's about time) on this keywboard. I can not say enough about it.
The Mouse(sssss): SteelSeries Rival 300, Logitech MX Master, Razer DeathAdder, VicTsing MM057
As mentioned above "I absolutely can not stand cables" I decided to remove my wired mouse and test, the wireless platform. If you notice on my purchase list, I have multiple mouses. Unfortunately, I could not find any wireless mouse that has the same performance as my wired, I ended up going back to wired and I'm in the process of ordering and testing others. If you have any suggestions - Let me know!