Well, to start I originally had no intentions of making this build. What started off as a case upgrade ended up snowballing into a build of its own. Mind you I bought these pieces overtime and did not spend on it all at once. The two seagate drives and WD 500GB SSD originally came from my previous build which was a put-together frankenstein gateway build. Now I have spent the money while pc building has been good so far. Some prices to some parts were cut down due to coupons and/or promo codes during checkout so not all prices reflect on how much I really spent. As for the rest of the parts; they are absolutely original to the build.
CPU: I chose the 2600X over the the 2700X primarily for gaming. There isn't any difference between gaming performance and I really don't do much video editing/encoding or any of that stuff but for the price the 2600X was right. I was able to overclock it to 4.05Ghz stable overclock (24/7) at 1.362v on all cores. It was my first time overclocking a chip and while it didn't reach my target OC of 4.2Ghz I was happy being able to run it without any crashing on Prime95 (v26.6). It actually ran a full 48hr marathon before I decided to close down stress test. I've done Asus RealBench and Aida64 as well but felt Prime95 put better stress on my overclock but ymmv.
CPU Cooler: Thought it looked cool, was cheap and a lot better than the stock 2600X cooler that comes with the chip in the box. Does a decent job. I don't hate it but it's nice not having to see those AIO loops in my rig. However, I may look forward to upgraded cpu cooler if/when Zen 2 comes out.
Motherboard: Been a long time fan of Asus but chose the Prime X470 Pro over others because it had 'proper' color accents that I liked and felt the RGB lighting would look a lot better. I stuck with typical core multiplier and voltage adjustments for overclocking. That was about it.
'Crystal Sound 3' not sure I felt there was any real audio difference. Imo I'm sure it isn't all that different across other mobo manufacturers. Sounds great and very clear however that's dependent on speakers you're using. I'm using an old jvc boombox's aux input for speakers soo..that's anyone's guess on audio quality.
Asus Aura Sync comes in handy since it's compatible with a lot of RGB components. So it's always good. I love the lighting because I feel it doesn't look very tacky.
Only con about this mobo is there's only one heatsink for the two M.2 slots. Other than it's pretty solid board that's fun lighting up.
Storage: Both drives work great and are incredibly fast. Bought the WD ssd for $59.99 during a newegg sale. The 970 evo however was just to test out the M.2 speed. It's fast but feel is rather pointless due to limited capacity. I use my WD particularly for storage just like my 2 other hdds
GPU: Originally opted to have a full AMD build to go along with my FreeSync monitor. Before I had upgraded to a 1070ti (spent $324 off ebay btw) I was using a Sapphire Nitro+ Limited Edition RX 580. Yes, the blue one. The RX 580 worked great for a mid-range gpu but when I moved on to more recent titles I needed the extra horsepower. Found a 1070ti on ebay during one of those promo months where they offer between 10-15% off on checkout. For that price I couldn't resist.
Case: Chose a Cooler Mastercase 5 Pro because it had the top cover. But seriously, this case is a amazing because of it's modular design and allowed me to have a 5.25" bay if I so desired to put an optical drive or two in there. There's plenty of places to mount extra fans. Removing drive cages are a breeze with thumbscrews and cable management is a wonder. It's quite a big case but don't really mind it.
PSU: Silence .. and efficiency is a factor. That's the only reason why I got an RM850i. I saw a comparison chart of PSUs on johnnyguru and this was one of the quietest power supplies on the market. I know, I know 850w is pretty overkill even for pascal but I can add more or keep this for future builds.
Memory: With Infinity Fabric comes performance. Seriously though if you couldn't get your RAM to run at advertised speeds or with the DOCP profile you'd know this pain. The pain of trying to eek out as much performance out of your Ryzen chip as much as you can. Turns out there's very few RAM available that can run at advertised speeds. I often had crashes, restarts and BSODs trying to run my T-Force Delta II RGB RAM at it's advertised speeds of 3000mhz at 16-18-18-38 1.35v. I did everything I could and tightened my timings but would end up getting errors on Memtest86.
So I came to conclusion I should upgrade to not only to get advertised speeds but also get capacity upgrade along the way. I went along with a 4x8GB kit of G.Skill Trident Z because not only did it look cool but also because it populated all my RAM slots on my mobo (It looks sickkk!!!). Once installed I got that sweet sweet 3200Mhz and upped my Cinebench R15 for a mere 20pts because a $349 upgrade is worth the extra performance. Overall chose it because I ran the advertised speeds without any issues or crashes. So it saved me a lot of headache. Now, if I can get my bank account to stop begging for mercy I'll probably sleep a lot better at night. But really, if it says "AM4 compatible" chances are it's binned to work for Ryzen processors.
Did I need the TridentZ RGB? No. Could I have gotten FlareX instead? Yes. Would it have given me that sweet sweet RGB lighting to go with my rig? No. And that's exactly my point. This isn't about money it's about show. :D
Network Adapter: Needed a bluetooth adapter..so I got one from Asus that had both wi-fi and bluetooth. Simple, it installed, it worked.
Peripherals: I use a Acer Nitro VG240Y 23.8" monitor currently not listed on pcpartpicker. It's a 24" IPS panel with very thin bezels. Comes with FreeSync and has a 75hz vertical refresh rate. Color is great and there's a whole lot of settings in case you need those adjustments. I simply use the windows color calibration and works just fine.
I went through a lot of mice and keyboards before I settled with the Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite RGB and G.Skill MX780 mouse. I tried a Corsair K70 with the same Cherry MX red switches but seemed to love the Alloy Elite more as far as feel goes. I suppose it's because the Alloy Elite feels much more like a standard keyboard than a 'gaming' peripheral if that makes any sense. I love the G.Skill MX780 mouse because of the lightning-fast switches and magnetic-grips that it comes with. Too bad the G.Skill MX780 RGB lighting software sucks. Really peeved about that. :P
Conclusion: I do a whole lot of gaming and browsing on PC and it feels great being able to have this system to use everyday. The #1 reason I switched from Intel to AMD Ryzen was because I felt it was the right time. AMD has been on the run lately. They've made vast changes and their chips aren't slouches anymore. If only AMD could compete in the high end gpu market then the tables would only ever be in AMD's favor. I would like to note that I've never bought anything Intel or Nvidia new. My first graphics card was an ATI 2600 Pro with 512mb GDDR2 (That's right!). After that I switched to Nvidia when physx became a rage. But those cards the 560ti, 660ti, 950 and now 1070ti were all bought secondhand on ebay.
My 2600X and RX580 were completely new when I bough them. Kinda shows my dedication to AMD when it comes to the real market. I wouldn't give second thoughts on the RX 580 if you're looking for a mid-range GPU but I needed more performance before Navi comes out to play. :D
As far as owning and using a 2600X I never noticed any hitches or hiccups in performance. Only time it ever happened was when I would stress test for a higher overclock. Heck I never witnessed any throttling during my CPU stress tests. But so far it has been a really smooth and enjoyable experience. I would recommend this cpu to anyone. With Zen 2 coming up I can't wait to update this build as soon as I get my hands on it next year. Thanks! Oh..and 'shine' yeah..that's because of the RGB lighting. he..he..he -.-