Hello there! Glad you could stop by to take a look at my first PC!
I have wanted to build a PC for quite some time now and now that dream has came true. After spending an unhealthy amount of time on tomshardware.com and youtube, I have created this monster of a PC.
CPU: The 3700x was a no brainer. 8 cores and 16 threads for a great price of $294.63 on Amazon. I originally chose the 3800x but changed my mind when I realized the only difference was the clock speeds for 30 bucks more. This CPU absolutely shreds through everything I throw at it. I can have a game downloading, Spotify playing, NZXT Cam and Discord running as well as writing this completed build right now.
Motherboard: The Aorus Elite was my choice because of relatively cheap price for X570 and it checked all the boxes - X570 chipset (for futureproofing), PCIe Gen 4.0 support, and a not super expensive price. As I picked it up for $199.99 on Amazon, I am happy with the purchase. My only complaint is that the BIOS is buggy. Maybe its just me but I had problems trying to boot off my USB-C flash drive when it would sometimes boot into the installer and sometimes it wouldn't.
Ram: Its G.Skill. Not much to say other than how awesome the RGB looks and I also prioritized getting 3600 speed sticks because of how Ryzens love to eat fast speeds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
SSD: I also prioritized getting an SSD. Pretty obvious reasons why. From power button to desktop it takes 3-4 seconds. Samsung hit it out of the park with the 970 Evo.
HD: $50 for 2TB of storage!! YES PLEASE!!
Video Card: I wanted to get a 2080 Super but after calculating the increase in price and performance over the 2070 Super, I deemed the latter option the smarter one as I can overclock it to 2080 performance. Extremely well performing card, the Fire Strike score is in one of the pictures. It slipped my mind to take a screenshot of the Time Spy score.
Case: The H510(i) is one of the best mid range cases in my opinion. One of the smaller mid towers that NZXT makes but it was very pleasant to build inside the H510i. Plenty of little places to hide wires and the included RGB strips are extremely vibrant. My only gripe is that some of the front IO cables that go into the motherboard and the power cable for the Smart Device V2 are ketchup and mustard.
PSU: A 650w power supply is necessary if I want to upgrade anything in the future. A fully modular design, 80+ Gold rating, and its compact 150mm chassis makes it very easy in manuever in the case.
Case Fans: The LL Series fans from Corsair are the sexiest RGB fans on the market hands down. I have yet to setup the RGB because I don't have the Lightning Node Pro, but that will eventually come. The white chassis is very pleasing and the RGB from the Wraith Prism, ram and RGB strips reflects nicely off the white. (Does anyone know if I can plug the RGB cables for the LL's into the LED ports on the mobo?? Please comment if you ave any suggestions)
If you made it this far, I thank you for your attention and feel free to comment/criticize (I could have done a better job cable managing lol). Special thanks to CannonBall and everyone who has helped me from The Bears Den. I couldn't have done it without you.
PLEASE NOTE: All prices shown on the left are the prices I paid, they are not the current prices of the product.
P.S.: Can you guess why its called The Melting Pot? Look at the parts list carefully... No one part is the same brand (excluding the fans ;) )
EDIT 3/18/20: I have been messing with overclocking on my GPU and I currently have a stable overclock of +50 on the core and +700 on the memory. I plan to push it further but for now this is good :)
EDIT 3/19/20: Clocks now at +85 on the core and +735 on the memory.
EDIT 3/28/20: If you look at the 9th picture, I rerouted the front intake fans cables into the little slots that I didn't see when I first built it. Looks a lot better!
Extremely well performing processor. 8 cores and 16 threads of pure performance. Would definetely recommend.
One of the cheaper X570 boards but had everything I needed. My only gripe is that BIOS is a little buggy. Maybe its just me but it didn't want to boot of my USB-C flash drive. Sometimes it would boot into the installer and sometimes it wouldn't.
My 3700x eats 3600 speed for breakfast. Very fast and look great. XMP is enabled.
This thing is FASSTTT. Takes 8-9 seconds to boot.
Low price. Lots of storage. Not much else to say here.
Best mid-high range cards available. Have not overclocked yet but can be overclocked to 2080 performance.
Very well engineered case. Easy to build in and the included RGB strips are vibrant.
Perfect for what I needed and you can't go wrong with EVGA.
Best looking fans on the market.