Its been five years since I built my last computer and it had been constantly plaguing me with issues for the past year, including a GPU replacement. So after shopping and planning for a while, I finally decided to build my new computer.
I went more for aesthetics this build since I had a bit of extra money to splurge. I really liked the design of NZXT's products so the case, CPU cooler, and RGB fans were sourced from them. For the graphics card, Gigabyte's Aorus design was, to me, the most visually pleasing graphics card design currently out there, and I also went ahead and got a matching motherboard from them. Then for the RAM I went with two sticks from Corsair and also got their filler sticks to complete the look. And of course, I had to get the vertical GPU mount to show off the graphics card.
Had a clearance issue with the top 120mm fan and 4-pin CPU power. I just snipped off the clips on the plugs and it was fine after.
Gigabyte's Aorus cards look awesome, but the controller software, RGB Fusion and Aorus Graphics Engine, are absolutely terrible in its current state. It has some sort of compatibility issue with Nvidia drivers, causes my computer to lag, and won't let me control the RGB on the graphics card. I had to find a workaround to get the RGB lighting to work on the card by using an older version of RGB Fusion, set the colors. Then used MSI afterburner to set the fan curve so the fans would be on all the time so I can look at the pretty lights. It's a shame that such a pretty card has such garbage software.See edit below.
Issues aside, I had a lot of fun putting together my new computer and am very pleased with it.
Turns out my graphics card died the second day I used it and had to RMA for a replacement. Explains some of the issues I had with the RGB Fusion. It works fine now, just have to make sure you get the right version of the Aorus Engine and download the RGB fusion through the program to sync up properly. Whatever.