Background: This was my first build ever. I needed a computer that had a productivity and multitasking backbone with enough guts for decent 1080p gaming. My laptop I used for Adobe Lightroom/ Photoshop/ Premiere was WAY too slow and ran super hot. Started looking into pre-built machines but my research lead me to building my own - I caught the bug!
Will be upgrading my monitor when I can afford something like a 1080p 144hz FreeSync (hopefully a IPS or VA).
EDIT: I have purchased an LG 24MP59G-P 23.8" 1920x1080 75Hz IPS FreeSync Monitor.
EDIT: I've received two more Corsair fans. Added a picture at the end.
Overclocking: Achieved a stable overclock of 3.85GHz with 1.38V. Bench testing using Cinebench R15 (1272 cb) followed by an AIDA64 Extreme stress test. GPU stats are stock and temps are gauged after gaming for about an hour.
EDIT: After running my computer at 3.85GHz at 1.38V, I decided I was happier with a cooler and quieter system. I have since brought my voltage back down to stock (1.2V) and was able to achieve stability at 3.70GHz.
Lessons Learned: Don't build at 3 in the morning no matter how excited you are. You'll end up plugging the PLED into the PW header and end up worrying that you'd fried your motherboard. Other than that, no real issues. Took advantage of some good Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals, mail-in rebates, and MemoryExpress's price beat guarantee. All prices include shipping and tax (Alberta, Canada).
Most reviews for this CPU demonstrate 'best-bang-for-buck' along with comparable performance with the 1600X series when overclocked. Six cores will help with productivity/ multitasking and the CPU comes with a decent stock cooler. However, that cooler is the loudest thing in my case at low speeds (still acceptable for now, may upgrade in the future). The cooler was very difficult to install. I had to push harder than I expected to get the screws to reach the motherboard's standoffs. Giving 5 stars for the CPU, would give 4 stars for the cooler.
Really well reviewed motherboard. I don't imagine I'll be needing to Crossfire/SLI in the future. Room for further expansion and has red colours/ RGB. Worried about temperatures with this board due to reviews. Has decent audio, dual bios, and lots of fan headers (still needed a splitter, though).
Needed at least 16GBs for productivity/ multitasking. Heard Ryzen scales well with faster memory, so opted for DDR4-3000 to hope to avoid motherboard compatibility issues. Currently running at 2933MHz after enabling XMP profile in BIOS. Still kind of wish I went for DDR4-3200, but I doubt I'd see an appreciable difference.
Needed a fast boot/app drive for productivity/ multitasking. Heard there wasn't an appreciable difference between the SATAIII and the NVMe SSDs. Went for the standard solution, will buy a high capacity HDD in the future. From cold start to login screen is about 15 seconds, after login screen everything is ready to go nearly instantly.
Should be more than enough for editing and high fps 1080p gaming, though I haven't really pushed this guy yet. Wanted to go for FreeSync in the near future. I liked that it comes with a backplate and good fan/cooling technology. Has dual-HDMI/ dual-DP/ DVI-D. Goes with the red/black theme.
Small enough to fit on my desk and looks badass. Love the tempered glass. Good cable management down the back and grommets in the front. Awesome airflow - comes with 2 fans and supports up to 7 fans, but I went with 2X140mm in the front and I didn't put one on the bottom. Magnetic dust traps have already caught lots of cat hair!
A tier 2 PSU with more than enough juice while keeping the heat/noise down. Semi-modular is good enough, it's not like you're going to remove the 24 pin. It's in eco-mode so the fan doesn't even turn on until it hits 40% load.
Just the basics for my day-to-day.
Wireless Network Adapter
Really handy being wireless and ability to use Bluetooth. Antenna has a magnet to attach to the case in the back. No problems.
1X ML120 for rear exhaust. Corsair moves high CFM and whisper quiet at normal speeds. Really pricey fans, though.
2X ML140 for front of the case. Will move the 2 fans the case came with the the top of the case. The Meshify case has dark tempered glass, so I wanted some LEDs to brighten it up (barely does though, pretty dark glass!).