This will be my second build. I made my original build I did over the summer of '17. I have since slowly been upgrading parts to the point where most of the parts have been upgraded other than the case. I still very much love this case and plan on continuing to use it for the foreseeable future. All of the parts were upgraded over the course of 2018 one at a time to save money. I am posting now because all the parts are assembled and I do not plan on upgrading anything any time soon.
CPU - Originally went with a Ryzen 1600 because at the time I was not familiar with pc building and if I screwed something up I did not want to spend a fortune replacing parts. I have since upgraded to Ryzen 3700x and never looked back. I had to update the motherboard's BIOS before I could run this processor which took some time. I wish I had a better cooler for the cpu but this one does the job. I have replaced the fan that came with the Deepcool cpu heatsink to a 120mm Corsair LL Series RGB fan and I love the aesthetic and looks that it gives off. It also gives me improved thermals and airflow.
Motherboard - I did not want to buy a x570 motherboard because they are very expensive and I do not really care for PCIE 4.0, which is the only new feature (to my knowledge) that the x570 boards have. I also do not like vrm fans that come on the x570 motherboards. I have read that those can be quite noisy and are prone to break. I was using a Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3 motherboard. I loved the BIOS on there, it was easy to navigate and install parts on when assembling. I loved the features that came on that motherboard for the price. (m.2 port, loads of extra cables and peripherals, and RGB for under $100 at the time) I went with MSI x470 Gaming Pro Carbon because GamersNexus mentioned that it was a great alternative to the x570 motherboard, and they were right because after the BIOS update everything is running smooth as can be!
Ram - Originally I had a Ripjaw variant memory that was blue (I cannot remember exact model name) Novice pc builder at the time ran my fingers along the contact points and likely shorted a contact on there. Few months later one of the sticks failed so I took the opportunity to upgrade both sticks without going through the RMA process and went with Trident Z 16 gb RGB 3200 sticks. Ryzen tends to do better with higher clocked memory sticks, I could of gone higher but I feel like this is the sweet spot for what I am doing.
Graphics Card - My first build had a Asus 1060 3gb card. I remember playing Wolfenstein The New Colossus and during the mech fighting sequence black boxes would appear all over the screen because it could not handle the explosions. I knew I had to either turn the settings down or upgrade my graphics card. So I did what any reasonable person would do, bought a GTX 1080ti. I love this card. I do not plan on upgrading for a few years because this card is still very relevant. Everything that I throw at it it handles beautifully. Ray Tracing is amazing but it tanks your fps.
Storage - My first build I reused one of the first Samsun SSD's I had ever purchased. (8+ years old at the time) It was 256 gb and I am still very proud of that. Many reads and writes were done on that drive. I replaced because of the heavy use I had already been doing on it from one laptop to my first build. I went with a m.2 WD blue 500gb ssd but then upgraded to the Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 500gb. I have not done any testing as of yet, but this drive is what I am putting my OS on for faster boots. I got a good deal on it for $90. I have one more storage device, the samsung 860 Evo 1Tb drive for gaming and mass storage. Its shocking how quickly it has filled up!
Case - NZXT S340 Elite is by far my favorite out of the whole build. This is the only original part from my previous build that stayed. I love the white and black contrast it gives off while making it very easy to build in. It is still the looker and great design that still (IMO) competes with the new cases today. I do wish the front intake had larger holes to intake air but everything else made it easy to build in.
Power Supply - I do wish I could switch out this power supply because when I play games there is a "buzzing" noise. I believe it to be a fan because at idle it is not audible. Could also be coil whine
Corsair - I had been looking at the Corsair LL Series fan for a long time. I love the way the lights disperse color throughout the build as well as gave me better thermals and cooling throughout the case. The S340 does not have the best intake for air but these fans hopefully make up for that. I also purchased the Commander Pro to better control the fans and customize different profiles.
Monitor - Asus makes some solid products and this monitor is no difference. It has a 165hz refresh rate, which gives me a slight edge while gaming. I previously has a low budget 60hz panel before and the difference is shocking how much of a difference there is. I am able to maintain tracking while playing mostly FPS games. I would not recommend though if you play any other types of games such as RPG’s and the like. The Sceptre 27’ 4k. I will admit it is not the best 4k panel out there, but at the time it was going for $200! I lucked out because my monitor did not ship with any dead pixels. After purchasing the monitor, I later found out that many of the panels were prone to have manufacture defects. I mainly game on my Asus panel and watch a ton of Youtube and movies on the Sceptre panel.
Thanks for checking out my project, it has changed drastically over the years as I have learned more and more about pc building and hardware. It is a simple air cooled machine and no where near amazing as some of the custom cooled water cooled pc’s on here, but its mine and I am proud that I built something like this. If you have any questions about parts let me know, I always respond!