*I originally had G.Skill Trident Z Royal DIMMs, but I exchanged them for Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB. I'm too lazy to retake all the photos, and I'm unable to edit the parts list to reflect the swap.
*I ended up moving the GPU to the top slot, as suggested.
CPU: Ryzen 2600X provides a heck of a lot of power while being decently priced. Given the bang-for-buck factor, Ryzen is a great choice.
CPU Cooler: I started out with the 2600X stock cooler, but wasn't getting the cool temps that I expected. Being too chicken to attempt a closed loop, I thought I'd give an AIO a shot (quality air coolers are quite bulky imo). After seeing the X62 in person, I knew that there was nothing currently in the market that looks better...not to mention the X62 does a great job of cooling. I am still amazed at how great it looks and fits in my build.
RAM: Splurged on 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM (3200MHz), but worth every penny imo.
GPU: It's as if Asus designed the backplate just for me. This card kicks butt in most AAA games...what more could you ask for?
Motherboard: I went with the X470-F on account of its 2x M.2 slots, addressable RGB header (even though it's not in use, you never know), and overall appearance.
Case fans: I can see why these are popular, but this is probably the only part of my build I wouldn't recommend. These fans are very pricey, and Corsair Link isn't all that great.
PSU: 80+ Platinum certified; a bit overkill, but that's OK.
Custom cables: Fantastic work by the folks at CableMod. For those thinking about getting custom cables, I have 2 recommendations: you don't necessarily have to splurge on aluminum cable combs like I did, and make sure you get more cable combs than you think you need. Custom cables are essential if you want to "complete" you aesthetic build. The only downside in my case is that the bulky ATX cable covers the RAM.
Case: Lian Li's PC-O11DW was the cornerstone of this build. I completely understand why so many people are building in this case... there is not 1 negative thing that I can say about it!
All front IO cables have been removed. I’ll probably never have to use the front USB 3.0/type-C/audio ports, so I unplugged and tucked away those cables.
Replaced the stock radiator screws with flat-heat machine screws in order for the top case cover to close with the magnetic dust filter in place.
Shifted GPU down in order to fill out the floor space. I did this stictly for aesthetics, as I'm not a gamer and the drop off in performance doesn’t bother me.
- Adding white sleeving to the AIO <— edit: I got the sleeves from CableMod, but was very disappointed in their cheap fit and quality
- Replacing/adding white thumbscrews
- Adding a third cable comb to the 24-pin cable... Done.
- Down the line I'd like to add a second NVMe drive
Thanks for looking!