Desperately needed an upgrade in anticipation for new games like Cyberpunk (delayed unfortunately). In addition, I needed a little extra juice for the occasional stream and workstation tasks. For aesthetics, I wanted a Gator blue and orange color scheme without too much pizazz and I think I nailed it. Overall the build went great - got some great Black Friday deals, I had to wait a while to start as the Lancool ii was on pre-order, and had some issues with RAM but other than that everything worked out.

Case: was originally going with the Meshify C. However the Lancool ii caught my eye, so I pre-ordered and I'm very happy with it. Great cable management and airflow. I am currently running 6 fans in the chassis.

CPU: previous build had an i5-3570k which carried me a long way; times have changed. Got a Ryzen 7 3800x for the price of a 3700x. The Wraith Prism honestly wasn't as hard to get in as everyone says it is.

GPU: absolutely loved my Sapphire card in my old build, so I stuck with them and got the 5700 XT Nitro+... VERY PLEASED WITH THIS DECISION!

RAM: I ordered a non-Bdie 32GB TridentZ NEO kit on sale from Newegg for like $140. Both sticks were massively screwed up on arrival, with BSOD's and Memtest86 spitting out thousands of errors within a few seconds of running. I didn't want to wait a month to get my replacement (which also might not work) so I ended up ordering a B-die kit instead, with way better timings, for another $100. Works amazingly. Lesson learned: just get B-die from the start...

Mobo: was going to go with the tomahawk but I wanted pci-e 4.0 and two NVMe slots, The Aorus Elite fit these criteria and it was on sale. Had some issues with flashing bios but it worked itself out.

Storage: for money reasons I got a standard Samsung SATA SSD, for now.

PSU: went with a 650w Super Flower OEM PSU from Rosewill. No issues here.

Misc: custom power sleeve cables for the aesthetic, some decent rgb case fans, a fan hub for the all fans.

Definitely need (well... want) 2x NVMe SSD's. Probably going to upgrade to a Zen3 chip when they come out. I may also end up upgrading to an RTX 3080 depending on the truth to these rumors, although I am very happy with the Nitro+ so far. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

Part Reviews


Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! This is pretty much a higher binned 3700x that demolishes any task I throw at it. On sale? Get it. If not, just stick with the 3700x to save a few doll-hairs. You won't be disappointed either way.


Under-rated board for the price. x570, 2x NVMe, plenty of rear USB ports and a USB-C header, decent audio, etc. This board is perfect for the average build.


It's B-die. It does what it's supposed to and more, unlike my original SK Hynix kit. And it looks pretty.


There's a reason I have a Samsung fridge. You better bet anything they make is good, and this is no exception.

Video Card

Can't say enough good things about the Nitro+ and Sapphire in general. I run it in conjunction with a 1440p 155hz monitor and it runs most games on ultra at 155+ fps. For more demanding AAA titles you may need to turn the visuals down to high, otherwise you're spending at least a few hundred more on a Nvidia card just to get a few more frames.


Great tower with lots of features. Super-duper easy to build in and route your cables. Great airflow too, I run a 3/3 config but it can fit up to 8 120mm fans. Easy to clean and access your storage devices.

Power Supply

Great PSU from Rosewill that performs its job admirably, for a good price. It's a Super Flower OEM which has a great reputation, so here's to no explosions.


I am in shock that this monitor sells for $275. It's easily one of the nicest displays I have laid my eyes on, and it's a TN panel. I tuned it fairly easily in the settings to 155hz and Freesync works great with my Nitro+. Make sure to use a decent DP cable if you overclock the refresh rate.


Standard RGB case fans. For the price, they are very good. Surprisingly high build quality and decent airflow. RGB looks a little dull compared to the rest of my build, but it's not too bad.


Can't believe I got this for $20. One of the best mouses I have ever owned.


Worked very well for my needs. Very stiff, which is a double-edged sword. You need to work it to bend the way you want. But once you have it in place, it will never move on it's own.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

What did you do with the 3 pin cable for the front panel RGB lights?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Nice Build, We have the same case and motherboard, would you mind helping me get the 3 pin cable from the front panel hooked up. I have built a few computers in the past, but confess that I am a rookie at RGB. I assume that the 3 pin cable plugs into the motherboard's addressable fan slot with 4 pins. Do I need an adapter of some kind and if so where can I get it? If I get a Corsair fan kit could I plug it into the 2nd channel of the node or fan hub from that? Like I said "Rookie". Thanks for your help, Randy

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need an adapter or anything. Although you will need a splitter if you only have one RGB header on the mobo but have multiple hookups. If I remember correctly, there should be a male and female 3-pin connector coming from the front panel. You only need to hook up the longer, female one to an actual RGB header on your mobo, not a fan slot. Oddly, the manual didn't say mention anything about the 3-pin hookups and I was initially confused as well. Cheers, and sorry for the late response

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Did you end up sorting this out? On the same boat here.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how many frames do you run on high settings on r6, fortnite, csgo?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgot the exact benchmarks but well over 155, the refresh rate of my monitor.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great looking computer. I really was digging that Lian Li and was looking to get it in November but it is an inch too tall for my computer desk. I am looking to make a similar build myself. Have you had any issues with 5700 XT crashing/overheating, etc?

That is the only thing I am really worried about. I have an AMD Free Sync monitor that is not 100% G-Sync compatible so trying to stick to AMD.

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