After seven years of daily use on a pretty big overclock, my old i7 system (https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nY8l) finally died. I had my i7 pushed to 4.2GHz but had gotten it stable as high as 4.5 in the past. It was a great daily driver and a bigger part of my life than I'd care to admit. A failed PSU caused a catastrophic overvolt that fried almost everything. My GPU, my mouse, and my Evo 860 are the only parts that didn't die. There is visible melting on a few PCBs, it was pretty bad. I was planning to upgrade in mid-2020, but I had some money saved and with some pretty good holiday sales this is a great time to buy.
This is mainly a gaming system, but I also do photo editing and stream a tiny bit so I wanted decent horsepower. And while I was ambivalent about RGB at first, once I got my first RGB component I definitely caught Unicorn Vomit Fever. I've been happy with Corsair in the past and I think they make some of the best-looking RGB components so I went pretty hard into that ecosystem with the understanding that I'm trading a tiny bit of performance/value for looks.
It is with the above in mind that I named this new system Bifröst, which is the rainbow bridge that goes from Earth to Valhalla. It will carry my valiant dead system to the halls of the gods, to fight and feast until Ragnarok.
If I had to do it all over again, the only thing I might change is possibly getting the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic instead of the Phanteks P400a. But even the regular 011 is a bit wide for my taste, and when I was researching this build I hadn't been able to test my old RAID array yet, so I was operating under the assumption that I would need to be able to mount at least three HDD. That means I'd have to get the PC-011 XL which was waaay bigger than I wanted. I kinda wish I had made room, both in my desk setup and my budget, but I'm still very very happy with the P400a and it's certainly much more affordable than the Lian Li.
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Fantastic value for a really great processor. Has some extra flex for workstation tasks without breaking the bank. Mine seems to PBO around 4.1 but scores well in benchmarking, I'm happy with it.
I used the original h100i for seven years, well past the intended working life of the part, and it held up great. It was a no-brainer to grab the newest version. Really great pump in the Platinum model, and the RGB on the pump block looks fantastic, especially when synced with the Corsair RAM.
My experience with this board has been a bit hit-or-miss, but definitely a lot more hits than misses. This board is definitely the best value in x570 boards as far as features and performance per dollar. The BIOS is a little wonky, but the most recent update made tons of improvements. Sometimes I have to redo my fan curves though. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if the chipset fan wasn't failing. But it doesn't need to be on if the chipset is under 70C, which it has not hit even under sustained system load in my experience. So I just keep it off under 70C and never hear it, but when the board loses my fan curves the chipset fan sounds pretty annoying until I fix the curves again. Even with all that, the sheer value of this board keeps my review at a low four stars.
Beatiful RAM, but the Hynix dies don't leave a ton of room for overclocking unfortunately. I've managed to get it stable at 3466 with no change to timings. I couldn't get it stable at 3200 with any sort of tightened timings, and I couldn't get it stable at 3600, but you get what you pay for, I could have shelled out for something rated for higher speeds. So I'm happy with it but wish I could have gotten a bit more of an overclock out of it.
Excellent drive. After you install Samsung Magician this thing rivals gen3 nvme m2 drives, as you can see from my benchmark.
I really dig this card. In fact this card started this whole build for me. I originally bought this GPU for my aging i7 system, but that rig fried, hence this new build. One star deducted for AMD driver issues. I have this card on the OC profile and have overclocked it with all sliders maxed in the Radeon software. My card tends to peak around 2050mhz with these settings, as you can see in the benchmark.
Really dig this case. Would love if it was 2-3cm bigger in every dimension. That would space the rear exhaust fan further from the IO shroud of the motherboard and create room for a top-mounted radiator. Besides that I will say that the metal is quite thin, but at this price point I'm not complaining too much. It's not an issue, just feels cheap when you work with it. Looks just fine once it's built and running, although fit and finish is far from perfect. There are a few places where plastic parts don't line up perfectly on my copy when they are meant to, but nothing you can really notice without getting up close and looking intentionally for imperfections.