I built this PC mainly for content creation (adobe premiere, photoshop, etc) with some light gaming/streaming on the side.
I was waiting for AMD to launch a mid-range graphics card for some time now because I didn't want to pay the Nvidia tax anymore (gtx 650 ti boost, (2) gtx 970's in sli) before I built a new rig.
I wanted to go for a white and black theme for many reasons (all nerdy), so that's why I chose the White Corsair Crystal case.
This isn't my first PC build so I was pretty comfortable with the parts that I chose...until it came to assembly....Once you read the parts descriptions, you'll know what I mean...
Monitor LG 34WK500-P 34" IPS: I mainly got this monitor for it's cheap price (open box) and it's freesync technology...great for content creation and gaming...the stand leaves much to be desired (only tilts) but i'm ok with that.
This CPU is pretty great and the included cooler works really well...I'll add temps soon...my only gripe so far is I can't seem to figure out how to control the ring light on the cooler...not a big deal as I do plan on water cooling the cpu in the near future anyways.
I was hesitant at first going 3rd Gen Ryzen for my build because I didn't like the idea of having the active cooling fan on the board...seemed like another point of failure...and to my dismay, the way the mobo is configured, the active cooling fan happens to sit underneath the GPU after it's installed...so I had to use the bottom PCI slot for my GPU which doesn't have reinforcements like the top slot does, so there's some GPU sag...plus, there's only 1 inch of clearance between my GPU and the power supply shroud. I ended up putting the GPU back in the top slot after much debate with local pc builders...still don't feel comfortable completely blocking the mobo fan. This mobo required a wireless card for internet access. (no access to the local router) The BIOS has a nice GUI interface though.
I chose this ram because it's speed hits the sweet spot for the Ryzen CPU's...only problem I'm experiencing right now is, even though it's confirmed to be Ryzen compatible, and I have DOCP enabled, it shows that it's only running at 2400 mhz...more testing and tweaking is necessary.
I originally was going to use the Intel 660p 1 tb hard drive but, the read and write speeds were among the slowest for a M.2 drive so, I cut the capacity and went for faster speeds instead. Wise choice...this drive is really quick. I'll most likely add another one in the near future since the board supports (2) M.2 drives.
I chose this card in particular because it's value to performance was among the highest for this series of GPU from AMD. I've seen benchmarks showing that it can trade blows with the 2070 and 2070 super in some cases. Unfortunately, this GPU is cursed and after a horrible experience dealing with Canada Computers (they sold me the blower style vs the triple fan design), and changing it to another PCI port (GPU sat right on top of the mobo fan) I got it installed and tried The Witcher 3 at 1080p...Ultra settings with Hairworks on...what a beautiful experience...I'll install a FPS counter soon to see what the frame rate is. So far, so good.
I chose this case solely on looks...the colour scheme fit my theme (black and white). Building in this case was fairly easy, but I was using primarily stock items with no water cooling (saving that for a future upgrade). My only gripe thus far is that the Case fans can only be controlled via the buttons on the front of the case...It would've been nice to be able to control the fans via some software. Also, it doesn't come with an exhaust fan so, I had to order it separately and install it.
I wanted the G3 version of this power supply but Canada Computers said this one was better so...(horrible experience dealing with Canada Computers) Other than that, no issues to report...there's definitely some room for future Overclocking.