This is my first step into the PC-building universe!
I had been thinking about building my own pc for almost four years and finally decided to get on with it after so many years of playing on laptops. As soon as Zen 2 was announced, hopped on the Zen 2 hype train and waited for July 7th. Managed to get snipe a 3700x but not the Asus Crosshair VIII mobo I wanted on release date, so backorder set me back about 2 weeks. Also briefly considered SUPER, but they were all out of stock and pricey. Settled on a Asus RTX 2080 Strix that came in clutch with a good deal and rebate on Newegg Fantastech sales.
Building was a bit nervewracking, but probably cause I was being paranoid. Booted on first try, no problem. Thermals are looking good. Don't see anything go above 30°C for general tasks and 50°C under load. In addition, system isn't as loud as expected; case does a good job of keeping it silent while still having airflow. Still working on the cable management.
Zen 2 did not disappoint. Great multi-threaded performance with comparable single performance to Coffee Lake. Good pricepoint and 65W TDP rounds it off as a more versatile and value CPU.
Wraith prism that came with CPU runs a bit noisy under load. Was looking at Noctua DH-15, but settled on Scythe for better aesthetics with a supposed 1-2°C thermal difference and quieter performance. Installation was okay, but figuring out how to tighten the screw that sits directly under the heatsink took a long time. Ended up watching a tutorial and feeling dumb.
I've always liked the look of ASUS's boards, so I was quite set on getting one. This board is pricey. It does have some nice to-haves though, like Wi-Fi and a ton of different heatsinks. RGB is neat. ASUS' manual isn't very well organized, so YouTube and my Phantek's case manual were the biggest help. Never played with a BIOS beforehand, ASUS' BIOS is pretty solid and I understood most of it.
Looks cool, a lot better in person too. Runs at advertised speed and can overclock.
Speedy OS boot and file transfer. Much faster than I anticipated. Looks a lot smaller IRL.
10/10. Honestly this was highlight of my pc-building experience. Phantek's did a great job with making a first time build experience flawless. The included manual was very informative and saved me multiple times. The features on this case is insane: magnetic fancovers, quick-release 2.5" drivebays, amazing cable management system, tempered glass, hinged side-panels?!
Silent, cool, and looks amazing.