Was torn between the high clock speeds on Intel's i5, and the ryzen 7's line-up. Seemed like the I7 7700 was good middle ground. Don't really regret it, it's an easy going CPU. Good all-rounder, strong enough for Ps2 emulation, and great for multi-tasking.
GPU is pretty good. Wish I'd gone the Asus all white one. Would've matched the cooler and case more.
Psu goes alright, reasonably quiet, but I'm not pulling much power anyway. The 6+2 pin was red though, ruined my build colour scheme until got extension, so it looks alright now.
Lots of sticky tape used for cable management. The fan cords got tucked up and around. They're pretty close to not making the distance.
Fans, ram, and psu use different white LEDs. Really annoying, but I can live with it now.
I like my cooler. Unsure how I'd go fitting another ram in, but I'll eventually go to 32gb.
If you're going to put in a 240 aio, you won't be able to have it if you put a cd drive in the top slot. Guess you could put it in second but that'd look dumb, unless you fill it with something else. Fans are super quiet. Window scratches so easily. Additionally, one of the thumb screws has taken the threading out of the case, so the window is hard to attach now.
Motherboard is kinda ****. I can't get my ram up to 2400, it's stuck at 2133. Also can't control ram pulsation, which is annoying.
Also I put in a rpi powered hologram. It's connected via an internal usb 2.0.
It's a solid processor. I'm a bit annoyed in a way that I haven't been able to use it to its full capacity yet. But perfect for emulation- not a single issue there. Good strong single core count. Many threads. If you need strong single cores, but also still need extra threads every now and then, the i7 is still valid.
There isn't direct competition between amd and Intel. You simply need to decide what you use your processor for and make a decision from there. For each part of what you use it for, there are clear winners.
Is ok. Backplate covered the hdmi first time, had to bend it back and now it doesn't look as nice... Also it would be nice e to have more usb 3.0- or actual usb 3.1. Usb 3.0 C doesn't make the most sense to me... Other than that, the IO cover on the board is nice. It's a nice board for the price.
It's pretty good ram I guess. Lights are nice- would be better if controlled though. Also there's a slight gap between the heat plate thing and the light- which sorta give image of a cheap McDonald's toy. But it is overall attractive ram.
It's fast and good, but 250gb isn't as much as it used to be...
I run at 1080p. I am waiting for the moment I can throttle this card. Could do with more IO ports, but if you have four monitors you're probably getting something stronger. There's adapters for everything, so you can get three hdmi no dramas.
I went modular, so I can't really talk about cable management, but it seemed easy. Very easy. The front fans are super silent (fans are big so they don't have to spin aggressively/ loudly). The white looks really nice. The whole thing is aluminium. The side window is very, very easy to scratch- scratched it cleaning it... But that's plastic for you. The only thing you could be concerned about is that there isn't too many 3.5inch compartments, but you can probably buy a taller one- there's plenty of room. If the microATX version was in white I'd get it though- but it's not too big either.
It's working and neat, but there is a few issues... The white option isn't very white. Also, there isn't actually many colour options available, and you have to manually Chang sit... But who would buy a psu for a gimmick, it's pretty decent, quiet etc. What did annoy me is the cables. Their length was good, but the sata power cables were kinda annoying, multiple heads everywhere on the one cable, but not quiet long enough for ssd and optical drive to reach, so ended up putting a lot more cables than necessary. Also annoying is that the 6/8 pin cables is red... It's rgb, why not have a more neutral colour of the head of the cable? And it presumes you're gonna cross-fire or sli, adding more unnecessary cables... It's cheap I'm price, but is too high end for my build really.
It's a DVD drive. You'll need one eventually. Quiet loud, but do you know of a disc drive that isn't? No? Buy the cheapest one unless you need blu-ray.