This is my first PC build.
I plan on using this machine mainly for Film/Video VFX/ Animation production. for use with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Substance Painter. Nuke, MODO, Mari, Maya, Clarisse, Vue, World Machine. Mudbox & Z-Brush.
I was all ready to build an i7 based PC for my first PC then at the very last minute a friend recommended looking into the new AMD Ryzen 7 series. this kinda delayed me for a few weeks but it was well worth the cost. once I had the build finished I was able to get this to overclock by 11% without much experience in OC. so far i'm happy with the performance. learning as I go. The Ryzen 1800x temurature seems to be misreported by most software monitoring apps except for the "Ryzen Master" software from AMD. hopefully other apps will update to properly read temps on the Ryzen 7 1800x chips soon.
Very easy to install and connect, although the LINK software seems to not see the cooler some of the time. seems to do the job of cooling the Ryzen 1800x well.
Lots of options on this MOBO. The LED's are like a fricken discotheque. It is nice to be able to set them to reflect CPU temps via color. useful.
NOTE: Only one USB 2.0 header on the board. so if you want to hookup your water cooler and your case front panels good luck. SOLUTION: I bought an NZXT internal USB 2.0 adapter which will give you three internal USB headers as well as two USB 2.0 ports.
These are not officially certified for Ryzen, but they work. no OC on them. I'm hoping they will eventually be certified. but if not, the price was not bad. Will see what happens with future BIOS-UEFI updates.
This is great for the price. highly recommended. make sure to install your system (Windows 10 pro for my machine) in UEFI and not the old BIOS mode to get the extra fast boot up. I'm astounded b y the boot-up speed. seems to be around four to six seconds after the BIOS-UEFI.
Easy to install. works great.
no complaints except the price.
I really like this case. it has allot of options. the fans are very quite. and it's east to take apart and adjust/configure.
I did have to get some replacement rubber post isolators for the glass side mount screws since they were damaged. BeQuiet send me replacement quickly, no hassles at all. great customer service
NOTE: I only have a few gripes. 1. The backside vent screws are very easily lost into a channel that runs along the back side of the chassis. unless you are careful this can cause a screw to fall into the channel/slot and you will have fun trying to get it out. since this case is full size and fairly heavy once its loaded, tumbling it to get a lost screw is no easy task. Just be mindful when using any screws on this case. take your time and you should be good. 2. The manual is kinda of an international mess (if you know what I mean). 3. It would be nice to have a shroud for the PSU and cables.