So, my son (14 years old) and I built a PC for him back in October (soon to be submitted) and I got caught the PC building bug. I had built one before he was born but have stuck with console gaming since then (PS4 mostly). Now that the kids are getting older, I'm reclaiming my basement and converting it from a kid's playroom to my man-cave. I figured that the room needed a show-piece of a PC and after months of reading other people's builds, it's time to do my own. I bought the monitor on a pre-Christmas sale from NewEgg, got the GPU from eBay, and the Thermaltake Fans from Amazon. Otherwise, all other components were bought in a single trip to MicroCenter (with one return trip to swap one of the components due to missing hardware). Here's a couple of notes on my part choices:
Case - Lian-Li PC-O11 DX - I LOVE THIS CASE! Ever since I first saw it here on PCPartPicker, I knew this is the case I wanted. It's easy to build in and it's beautiful to look at plus there's plenty of ventilation so temps are no problem.
CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X - I knew I was going to be building with an AMD CPU. I feel that AMD provides the best value for performance. For a long time I assumed that I would be using a 2700X, but for gaming, I don't need 8 cores. I saved $90 by going with this CPU instead and I have no regrets. I also didn't want to overkill with the processor for this build since I might try to upgrade to Zen 2 when it comes out later this year.
Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3200 - I knew I was doing an RGB Build and G.Skill is on the QVL for the ASUS Mobo, so this is what I went with. It looks great and it's working well with the Ryzen CPU. That's all I wanted from my memory....
GPU - EVGA GTX 1070 FTW2 - I got this GPU on eBay for $250 and I love it! The 1080s were just getting too much money for used cards and I didn't want to drop $500+ for RTX.
Mobo - ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming - This was another compromise. I knew I wanted to go with an ASUS Mobo after using one for my son's build, but I had planned to go with the Crosshair Hero VII. However, I couldn't figure out what features I'd get that I would use for almost double the price. So, I saved some $$ and went with the Strix.
CPU Cooler / Fans - Thermaltake Floe Ring 360 & Riing Plus Fans - So, with a gorgeous case like this, I knew I needed a showy CPU Cooler and fans. I also knew that if I was going with an AIO, that anything less than a 360 wouldn't look right. My first thought was to go with the Corsair H150i and then to fill the case with 9 Corsair LL120's, but then that is $450+ in fans and cooler. Instead, I went with the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 with 6 more RGB fans which saved me over $100 from Corsair and it looks and works great!
SSD - Samsung 970Pro M.2 - This is one place where I upgraded. I was planning to go with the 970Evo, but a friend talked me into upgrading. The performance difference is read/write speeds is noticeable and worth it for my boot drive. I'm planning to keep my eye out for other SSDs in the future to add more storage, but 512GB is good for now.
Monitor - Acer ED347CKR bmidphzx 34" Curved FreeSync WQHD Ultrawide Gaming Monitor - So, I really wanted a 2K ultrawide with a refresh of 100Hz or more and this fit the bill perfectly. I feel like getting this monitor for $400 was a great deal.
Build Notes: Building this PC, in this case, was really easy! The toughest part was cable management for the fans. However, unlike the Corsair fans, the Thermaltake fans only have one cord that plugs into the fan controller. Plus it worked out perfectly that the 9 fans plus the AIO head take up 10 slots in the fan controller and each fan controller works for 5 devices. The two controllers (one with the AIO and one with the 5-pack) worked perfectly. I'm still getting software installed and running, but I've been gaming for hours with CPU temps in the 40's. I plan to run some benchmarks and I'll update this summary in the future.
Let me know if you have any questions!!
Gaming performance as good as the 2700X for a fraction of the price! Perfect since I plan to primarily use this this for gaming and watching cat-videos. I don't stream or edit photos or videos.
Great 360 Rad that comes set up with RGB fans. Keeps my temps down and looks great.
Great features for the $$$. Allows me to tinker with overclocking without the price of the Hero.
Fast RAM compatible with Ryzen that looks great!
SO FAST!! No lag loading or saving.
Drives my 34" 2K ultrawide monitor with high resolution and good FPS.
I LOVE THIS CASE! It's gorgeous and really easy to build in.