After a hiccup with a faulty 2070 Super, and a Dan Case A4 which was brilliant but limiting in the way of future-proofing (with GPU's especially) I decided to grab the new Lian-Li TU150 and give my AMD build a nudge, changing over to the 5700XT for the GPU to make an all-AMD machine!
Some gotcha's experienced during the build:
The Dark Pro Pro 4 is big, especially on a mITX motherboard. I'd suggest pre-routing the CPU and motherboard power cables, as well as I/O adapters, prior to screwing the board onto the case
The BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 120mm fan I put on the front of the case is fantastic, however if you use the anti-vibration fittings be aware that the dust cover for the front-fan intake which comes with the Lian-Li doesn't fit over the top of the thumb screws. For now I've had to leave the dust cover off.
A lot of folks using the Lian-Li TU150 do some nice cable routing using the top area of the case. I would have done this however the power cables which came with the Corsair SF 750 are short (which makes sense; it's a SFX unit, presumably tailored for smaller builds with limited space) - so if you're aiming to hide as much cabling as possible consider some custom cables.
Beyond the aforementioned, the build was seamless and a real joy. The case is really great; room to move, and plenty of clearance for big air coolers like the Dark Pro Pro 4 or the Noctua NH-D15 and large graphics cards.
The price to performance on this chip is amazing. There's a reason it's coming in on the #1 'best overall' spot on a lot of CPU 2019 round up videos/reviews around the Internet. I do a mix of gaming and design work, and it never misses a beat. Can't recommend this CPU enough.
I've been a Noctua fan for years, and have constantly used their air coolers in my builds, however for both price and aesthetic reasons this time round I decided to go with beQuiet! for my CPU cooling. The installation process was easy beyond the metal brackets you wrap around the middle fan to fasten onto the heatsink. The acoustics on this unit are really impressive; a must-have for the builder seeking a quiet PC experience. Performance wise, it hasn't disappointed. I'm getting idle temperatures around 35 degrees (ambient temperature in east-coast NSW, Australia) and 70 under load (gaming; not stress)
Nothing too much to report here; it's a Ryzen 300 series ready board for a reasonably good price point. I know the newer models have additional M.2 drives, for example, but if you can get by using just one M.2 drive, or a few 2.5" SSD's I'd really recommend grabbing a B450 board like this one to save some money without compromising on performance. I also fancy the Gigabyte BIOS interface; accessible and straight forward.
I've used this RAM for the last 4 or so years in my builds and have never experienced problems with the set. If you're planning to use a large air cooler like the Dark Rock Pro 4 or a Noctua I'd recommend the Vengeance over most other options considering their low-profile.
Easy to install, lightning fast. Nothing more to add!
This was the biggest gamble in the build. I've only really used NVIDIA cards historically, so I was really interested to see how the 5700XT compares. As someone who just came from a 2070 Super I must say that the different is non-existent. This card is performing beyond expectations, and I couldn't be more pleased. For the price point, and comparing it to it's NVIDIA rivals, I think grabbing one of these 5700XT cards is a no-brainer, especially if you're lucky enough to have a monitor with FreeSync capabilities. The acoustics on this card are great as well; whisper quiet, even under load with the fans spinning at full speed. I did a fair chunk of research on which 5700XT card was considered the 'best' from a price to performance POV and this Gigabyte card typically came out on top. Steve from Gamers Nexus does a great review of it for anyone considering picking up the card.
This is a brilliant case. There's plenty of room to build in, and clearance for GPU and cooling units is really impressive considering it's mITX footprint. The build quality is great, I'm happy with the silver (no finger prints!) and the handle on top is surprisingly handy when you're building and moving it around a lot. There's plenty of holes and inserts for cable management as well.
This unit has performed really well so far. Temperatures are great, and I don't see any sign of bottle-necking from a power distribution POV throughout the system. The included cables are sleeved which is a nice aesthetic thumbs up.
Great fan for the price. I'm just using it to draw in some additional air from the front and it seems to be doing a great job so far. The packaging on this unit is really impressive; options for both screw-style or anti-vibration thumb screws included. Really easy to install.