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Well, after turning my last gaming PC into a ring, which got me a wife, I had to retire to using the ol' Xbox 360 to scratch the gaming itch. But finally, after paying things off and whatnot, I got to being able to afford a nice chunk of gaming equipment right when the news of Ryzen started coming out. Well as an AMD fan I knew I had to jump on it, so I planned a build around Ryzen and Vega. Since Ryzen cam out I couldn't wait, so I build a machine that would be upgradable throughout the next year.
CPU - AMD RYZEN 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core
Is it not obvious? I
wanted needed the new Ryzen architecture, AMD finally got it right! The 1700X should be perfectly comparable to the 1800 with sufficient cooling, which brings me to the cooler.
CPU COOLER - Deepcool CAPTAIN360EX 229.6 CFM Liquid 360mm radiator was wanted to fill out the case I had chosen and I just hate fan noise so extra radiator size means slower fans means less noise, more awesome. I liked the look of the thing too, and the price point was right.
MOTHERBOARD - Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4 When you're thinking upgradable there is no possibility of skimping on the mainboard, obviously. So after some research, I found that this guy seemed to be the crème de la crème of AM4 boards. The ASUS Aura also got me hooked on RGB, which will explain some other decisions.
MEMORY - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 As someone on reddit pointed out, it's like $40 for some LEDs on top of RAM. Yep, now SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! The 3200 should be pretty good for this guy, and will upgrade nicely with another pair of sticks during the next upgrade.
STORAGE - Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM From my old PC, one of the few things I kept. It's a good quality hard drive.
VIDEO CARD - Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB ROG STRIX First of all, that Aura. More importantly, this should relatively cheaply satisfy that gaming itch until the Vega GPUs come out. I won't get full use of the 144Hz monitor, but hey, just a couple of months wasn't worth springing on a 1070 or even a 1060.
CASE - NZXT H440 (Matte White/Purple) ATX Mid Tower So the case I originally purchased was the NZXT Noctis ROG edition with, you guessed it, Aura LED strips, but my wife stoppe me from opening it. She said it looked gaudy (well obviously) and stressed a more acceptable look. Well, I loved the white/purple combo so, here it is.
POWER SUPPLY - EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Always worth going slightly in excess with a PS, and especially if one plans to upgrade. If I end up with two Vega cards and double the ram in a few months, I don't want to have to shell out for another power supply too.
CASE FAN - NoiseBlocker NB-BlackSilentPro PM-2 5.3 CFM 40mm Have you seen the 3-D printing holes on that motherboard? Pretty clever, so my friend with a 3D printer whipped me up a nice little fan mount for the M.2 SSD I have, after reading that the crazy read/write rates can cause them to heat up to throttling. This guy should move enough air to keep everything down there cool enough.
Everything else So apart from the obvious, these things here shouldn't need explination unless y'all want it. They're just good tools for a gaming rig.
Pixio PX277 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz
Logitech G430 7.1 Channel
WD Black 256GB Performance SSD
So where are the pictures? Coming! I'll get everything together today and tomorrow, and hopefully I can update this page Thursday. I hope you all like it, because I am so exciting to be back into PC gaming!
It's a paste that effectively transmits heat.
RAM is RAM, pretty RAM is also pretty, so yes!
Years without fault, but the SATA port plastic broke. RMA worked but was slow going.
It's Windows, what's your other option? Mac OS? No. Linux? Eh, but the games...
This has moved air effectively.
A dead pixel. Meh, everything else is fantastic.
Great sound, the surround really works.