A budget gaming build for my friend. He wanted to upgrade from his previous system which had a 3rd gen i5 and gtx 960. I think this was a pretty sizable upgrade for him. First time I laid my hands on Ryzen as well, so that was exciting.
The name of the build came to mind because of the triangles on the mobo. The Asus Prime was solid for this build. Overclocking ram was effortless- not bothering with cpu overclocking yet. The PSU was a gift from me, barely used and was purchase from best buy a few months ago.
Putting it together was relatively easy, except for maybe a few caveats with the case. Always expect that the cheaper cases with have a few minor problems. The mounting design for the ssd is not very good, but otherwise it mostly went smoothly.
If you're on the fence about Ryzen, I'd pull the trigger now. More reliable than a year ago and you should have a long lasting platform.
Was really easy to set up and plays with RAM very nicely. Like the graphics on the pcb too.
The legends are true, this SSD is fast. Got mine at Microcenter cheap.
1070 is a great card. Hits the sweet spot right now in price:performance. Don't deter from the FE if it's cheaper, it really didn't get that loud/hot while running valley benchmark for 10 minutes. Only got up to 60s.
Overall I like the design of this case. There's a PSU shroud and ODD bays. Ok side panels (seen worse at this price). The cable management is decent and the looks are subtle enough.
But I didn't appreciate one of the screws breaking off while I was mounting the ssd (still had three other holes to work with so nbd). Nothing 'tooless' about this case at all. Front fan cable didn't reach board, you probably will need an extension or to move the fan. Lots of small things that hold it back but an experienced builder can work around them.
I was able to buy this locally on short notice for $50. It has lots of headroom wattage and cable wise. Fan is always on, but if you don't need the most quiet PSU it's not a bad choice. Only real downside downside is a pci-e cable is non-modular, but it won't matter for most.