A build a couple of weeks in the making, I wanted to upgrade so I could drive 1440p 155hz gaming easily. Installation was pretty easy considering it was only my second time building a PC with more challenges this time.
I knew I wanted a Ryzen 3rd Gen build, but everything was chosen based off of being best bang for my buck (and of course that sweet RGB) If there was one thing I would've changed my mind for it was the AIO cooler, not getting the temps I wanted and was pretty difficult to install, but it certainly works and now the loudest thing I can hear in the system is the pump and certainly looks amazing. Dorian delayed it for a good while so I had to make due with the stock cooler. Would absolutely pair the 3600 and 5700 XT though, they were made for each other they work so well.
Built the entire thing in an entire day apart from the AIO, and it was a breeze for most everything, apart from the AIO and Case fans, but I was happy to learn, and in the end everything worked first try thanks to the amazing design of the case which allowed my subpar cabling to work out in the end.
Best purchases I made with the build would be:
Ryzen 5 3600 This thing is a step above 2nd Gen, with all the issues of Zen 1 worked out. Compared to any other CPU on the market, it is sitting in an awesome spot in terms of price vs performance, and destroys anything I throw at it, daily use, video games, map compiling, nothing will stop it.
Prime X470-Pro because of the great compatibility it has and the awesome style and RGB. (Only issue is BIOS is crazy laggy even with latest flash)
Intel 660p 1TB is hyper fast and has enough storage to satisfy just about anybody, in a form factor that is crazy easy to install.
Gigabyte 5700 XT Gaming OC is just a beast with low temperatures and quiet fans at stock clock speeds, all with an RGB logo and a very nice backplate and will be a great purchase after AMD irons out the final driver issues. And at a price sitting just 20 dollars above the reference card price!
Fractal Design Meshify C White has amazing features and looks, nice cable control possibilities, a sick tempered glass side panel, lots of room to maneuver everything in the case, with the only downside being once all the parts are in there, some cable routing holes will be blocked off.
Dell S2719DGF is the best monitor I have owned so far, 1440p is a nice upgrade from 1080p but the 155hz is something else, and looks amazing if I can reach it in games, the colors are fine for a TN panel with a great OSD with a good set of settings and features, include Freesync which keeps my game looking smooth at any FPS. The only gripes I have are that the first unit I received had a dead pixel but was replaced for free, and that I really wish it had speakers, but I can make do without.
The only things I have wouldn't have included in the build would be the RAM and AIO cooler, I could've purchased 3200 for half the price with better timings, and the difference between them is marginal unless I overclock, but that is a possibility in the future for sure. And the AIO didn't really justify the price or hassle of installing it IMO but it certainly works as a fine cooler and looks good as well.
Overall I am happy with it, gets 60-80 fps ultra at 1440p and can get over 100FPS with high settings if I need it to.
Great value at just $200, can handle AAA games, rendering and map compiling amazingly. Just a hair slower than the 9600k in single threaded performance BUT is better for heavy workloads and has a cheaper platform. Includes capable cooler and can handle anything I through at it! It certainly is a step above the older Ryzen generations.
Only annoyance I have is that it is incompatible with pretty much all motherboard series except the new and expensive x570 series, but can be remedied with a BIOS update.
Keeps my Ryzen 3600 at 73c under max load, and looks beautiful but would not recommend paying more than $140 for the luxury.
It works and looks good and has a lot of compatibility with most modern platforms. Fans are quiet and it keeps my system cool enough for the pump to be the loudest part inside (not to say it's loud, it is pretty quiet). RGB looks very good but I would recommend the MasterLiquid ML240L for better value, or H100i Pro if you don't care for RGB and want maximum performance Has a lot of cables that can be somewhat difficult to install for a first time user but would overall recommend.
Incredible motherboard considering its features and upgradability for around $150.
Looks very good, has nice white/black colors with RGB (however small) which is nice. Multiple RGB headers, lots of fan headers, two M.2 slots, and plenty of PCIe slots. BIOS is laggy for me but it certainly works and you won't have any trouble doing whatever you need to in it. It even didn't require a bios update for me, but I wouldn't depend on it coming 3rd Gen Ryzen compatible. Overall would recommend as the best value X470 for sure.
A functioning kit of RAM, looks nice but not worth anything over 3200Mhz.
Functions well, RGB is beautiful and runs fast however it is almost double the price of regular 3200Mhz ram and isn't really worth the price and timings. Did have an issue with RAM related BSODs but was fixed by reseating the RAM.
An absolute beast of an SSD, NVME is incredibly fast and has enough space for windows, games, apps, and whatever else I need, all while beating out other SSDs in terms of value!
Although I can't really get it to run at advertised read/write, that doesn't matter for gaming, load times are as low as they will ever be. Very easy to install. Would 100% recommend in any mid-tier build.
Large HDD that runs well but not worth $80.
No glaring issues, works fine makes no noise, great choice if you are using a small SSD as a boot drive. Absolutely not worth $80, pick one up on sale for $60 or less and it is well worth the extra space.
This card is an absolute beast, runs cool, demolishes 1440p gaming, and is the best value you can get as of 2019. Does have driver issues that can be infuriating, but AMD has fixed most of it and is still working out the kinks.
Can achieve 60-80FPS on new AAA games at 1440p Ultra, and would be able to drive high refresh rate monitors at 1080p for sure. Competitive games will easily run high refresh rates even at 1440p. Idles at around 35c, reaches 75c while under full load, and 85c under load for extended periods. Fans don't spin at idle, and runs quiet but not silent at max load.
Card looks nice, it is mostly black and has RGB led of the Gigabyte logo, which looks nice, but the RGB Fusion software is absolute trash, and doesn't provide many options for the RGB. If you do want to control it, download version 1.38 and it will work fine.
Would overall recommend for 1440p gaming or even light 4k gaming. Even more so when Navi matures and the driver issues are fixed.
Best case I have owned for under $100, good design, lots of room, plenty of features, and looks amazing! Very easy to do whatever you need inside of it.
Looks very nice with a white chassis and black mesh front, tempered glass side panel which reveals a black interior. Has lots of room on the inside and the back, you can move around whatever you need without bumping into much, the only exception being the top where mounting a radiator will block access to a few routing holes (or at least make it incredibly difficult to rout through). The top and front both use removable dust filters, and the case itself comes with 2 Fractal Design GP-12 fans that are more than capable enough of keeping the case cool enough. You can put 1 fan in the rear, 2 fans on top, 2 fans in the front (3 if you remove the PSU shroud). 240mm Radiator can go on the top or front.
The back area has lots of cutouts for cables to go through, lots of tie down spots, and pre-placed velcro straps. Everything about the case feels smooth and well made, no sharp edges or badly milled parts. Only wish that the PSU area was bigger, the cables feel like bunched up and crammed under there.
A beast of a PSU and works perfectly. Not a great deal, and overkill for most builds.
Has as many connectors as anybody could ever need. Very well designed as well, cables are nice if a bit stiff.
Very pricey, I would recommend picking it up while on sale.
Great value for functional RGB fans.
Better looking and working fans out there, but for 30$ you can kit out any case with great RGB, they can be as quiet as you need them, and have good airflow for sure.
Cabling can however be a bit messy if you are not careful.
Amazing monitor, best value monitor on the market. 1440p 155hz with Freesync is amazing when I can drive it.
27" is almost too big for a monitor, but is very nice to have the monitor fill up a large portion of my field of view. Color reproduction is adequate, I didn't notice any issues so it's fine especially for a TN panel. Viewing angles work, I didn't notice any color distortion on the edges while sitting in front of it. Using the tilt and height adjustment, you can get it exactly where you need it. It also rotates to display vertically if that's your thing.
1440p is nice, it is definitely a step up from 1080p in games. I can see more detail, but I feel like I can only really appreciate it when I sit close to the monitor. A bonus is that I think I can get away with using less anti-aliasing. But it really shines in desktop and web use, it feels like there is finally enough room to have two programs split down the screen. Text is still big enough to read clearly while not taking up too much space.
155hz is definitely the better function of the monitor in my opinion, coming from somebody who played on 1080p 75hz before. Everything feels smoother and it just feels right to lower the details and go for a higher FPS. Freesync is a massive bonus, allowing the GPU to keep a game smooth and prevent tearing anywhere from 40 to 155 FPS.
It comes with HDMI 1.2, HMDI 2.0, Displayport, headphone out, and two USB ports.
Would absolutely recommend buying for $300 and maybe even $350.