I decided to finally upgrade my PC from a AMD FX-6300. At the time, it did everything I wanted it to. Now, I want something that can not only keep up with present day games but surpass recommended requirements. My old rig didn't have a SSD and it had sub-par RAM.....I kicked it into high gear with this upgrade.
With Zen2 on the horizon, I decided to cash in on the Ryzen 7 1800X since the price was very reasonable for what the CPU can do. I know most would say, "Why didn't you get a 1700X and overclock it?".... I had the money and decided to aim for the top.
Pairing it with the Wraith Max CPU cooler was a last minute decision. THIS THING IS HUGE! Getting it to seat properly on the CPU and mounting bracket was a little bit rough. I had to push a little harder than I would have liked to get it down and lock it in place. Clearance from the RAM is perfect. The G.Skill Flare X were very easy to install and easy to load up in the BIOS to set them to 3200MHz. A little pricey for the RAM kit but they perform exactly the way they say they should.
The RGB controls in the southbridge cover and the Wraith Max were very easy to control in the AURA software.
I have full confidence that no matter what I throw at this rig, it will be able to handle it with ease.
UPDATE: June 21, 2018 - Added more photos.
Handles everything I throw at it with ease. Very silent and a well built card! The Aura Sync technology is great for colour matching with everything else in the build. I would recommend this to anyone!