What do I use this for?
This thing is gnarly and I use it to primarily feel better about myself. I was sort of pushed into building this, someone made me an offer on my "old" rig so I sold it and began assembling this.
What worked well?
Everything. Starting with the Ryzen 7 2700x.... Once successfully tamed this CPU shreds. HWMonitor, Ryzen Master, and CPUZ all report single core boosts upwards of 5GHz when the cooling headroom is available (first few minutes of gaming). Typically XFR2 boosts to around 4.5GHz Max when I limit CPU temp to not exceed 65°C (Stock Cooler!). This scenario is ideal as the CPU will use every bit of cooling headroom to push clocks as high as possible. The Royal RAM looks cool, hella shiny. Bumped the RAM to 3334MHz, even if CL16 is "high latency" I don't see it. Going to RTX2060 from GTX1070 was actually a huge improvement, I did not expect that. The card has a much faster chip and RAM. Playing Battlefield V on ultra at 110-144 FPS (1080p), Ray Tracing is real and holy crap is it pretty. Apex Legends and Black Ops4 run at solid 144 FPS on high/ultra. The case is beautiful, I highly recommend and the fans too. Not much more to say, the system speaks for itself. It wants to go fast and I let it. Seasonic PSU is my first from them, I expect it to be of premium quality. Couple of SSDs, what is a Hard Drive? Monitor was one of the chosen few to become officially official G-Sync compatible (40-144hz?), good value, good color for TN panel.
HA! A 9 year old could have put this together. If I recommend anything to make the build/tune go smoother it is this:
As many others have noted, the windows balanced power plan really let's XFR2 do it's thing.
I set CPU fan to a static value of 86% (anything over 86% makes the fan/led combo seizure-inducing but does look cool/distracting). Doing this rather than let it follow a curve gives the chip more room to boost, it is still quiet, GPU fans are the loudest, AND your chip will never go above the value you set in BIOS regardless of cooling. Hopefully most 4XX series BIOS allow this, if not buy this mobo, It has lights!
Update: I took the bottom "legs" of the case (more like feet) up about an inch and a half. As you can see, GPU sits almost on the bottom of the case, damn thing is a triple-slot beast! Anyway, it gets much better airflow now. Also you may notice the 40S&W round if you look closely, it is perfect height to hold up the very heavy GPU.
Added combed white cable extensions and went with white light and bam! even sexier.