3700x + 5700xt all amd build.
This served to upgrade my outdated 2500k build with 560ti in SLI. Which 3 years ago had it's motherboard die and the only replacement that could accept an 2500k was a basic mini-itx board which reduced my system to a non-overclocked 2500k and a single 560ti.
Went all in on AMD this time around and don't regret it. The 3700x is pure overkill. 32GB of ram are actually utilized (22GB on modded cities skylines for example. I play a variety of modded games).
Noteworthy is that the graphics card almost did NOT fit since the top plate actually makes contact with the ram socket. When i first tried to seat the GPU it wouldnt go in until i realized what was happening and i had to apply slight pressure down (cringe) to seat the GPU. If i had to rebuild the system i would get a slightly slimmer GPU and/or a better motherboard.
RGB - My lessons learned... First things first, I don't have it throw up RGB in my face. I just like being able to go from a red to a green build or have a couple of colors represented.
Should have gone for a different motherboard. Should have gotten a different 5700xt.
I was a complete beginner to RGB anything when i built this PC. Plus I LOVE the h510 case design. With that I figured let me go with NZXT since their software seems okay. I listened to GamersNexus and didn't opt for the "i" version of the case. I feel like that was a good choice
So, the RAM is great, the NZXT software is great, and the stock 3700x fan is RGB as well and that works great. What isn't great is the ASROCK motherboard RGB software. It's absolute trash (crashes/freezes and has barely any customization options, didn't control/detect my ram properly). Usually your motherboard software may be able to control all your RGB components in a synced manner. If that's something you really want DO NOT GET ASROCK...
To control my RGB, i have software installed for my ram, i have software installed for the CPU cooler and I have software installed for the NZXT fans/LED strips. Not ideal. Granted once I set the RGB, I can close out of it all and I opt to have NZXT CAM running. But to be fair, all the other features NZXT CAM (system monitoring etc) can be done through the Graphics Card software suite (AMD Radeon) Fan curves for me are set and forget.
What I would do differently: I'd dig into which motherboard manufacturers make good RGB software that can control my RAM and Stock Cooler. (Note, the ryzen stock cooler software is actually coolermaster software). I may have gone with a full Corsair RGB build to fully customize everything, maybe even tried to get mouse/keyboards that sync with that (but I do love logitech). Since I didn't opt for an h510i case I don't think having an NZXT case would've made any difference....
The 5700xt has SAPPHIRE text lit up in red. I haven't gotten around to unplugging that led connector. Their Nitro version would have cost about 20 more at the time and would have had RGB compatibility.
Performance 5700XT - YES, great bang for the buck. Easy overclock to 2100MHZ. On a 144hz 1080p screen I get 120FPS on absolute maxed out settings in APEX legends and other games go beyond that. Forza Horizon 4 plays at 85% gpu utilization on maxed settings on my 4k TV at 60 fps. 3700x - Overkill. I knew this going in and I wanted that anyway. Even with the stock cooler it boosts to 4.2mhz on average while maintaining >70C.
If people would like to see more pictures, i'll be happy to post, including my entire desk. I got done building this a week ago and with a fulltime job plus online classes I haven't really had the time to cable manage and really clean my desk the way i want it.