I made enough updates and mods to the original First Blood that I felt it would be best to make an update build instead of mucking up the original. See the link above for the original part reviews and descriptions/issues. Only the new parts will get reviews here.
GPU: Thanks to crypto, RAM shortages, aliens, North Korea, Bigfoot, the Rothchilds, Colonel Sanders, and various other parties, graphics cards are a little overpriced right now. And by a little, I mean, you know, like, criminally overpriced. However, this worked in my favor: I was able to recoup the cost of the 1050 Aero (great little card, btw), and I was able to get a 1050 Ti for a not ungodly price. I went with the MSI 1050 Ti Gaming X design because it looks rad. It sags a bit, which is not unexpected. So far, so good.
WiFi Card: Couldn't get that piece of crap Rosewill out of the machine fast enough. Spent a weekend trying to troubleshoot it, got frustrated, popped the TP-Link in, and never looked back. The TP-Link worked perfectly the moment I installed it, and no additional drivers were needed. Yeah it's green, but it's dark back there.
Lighting: I got this BitFenix LED strip and wedged it into the top corner above the glass. It isn't too bright, nor is it too dim. I love how it looks, even with the SickleFlow fans.
Storage: I added the little 80GB WD Caviar I ripped out of our old Windows XP machine just for completeness. It is the "Ancient Drive" on which I store all my MAME, NES, SNES, and other ROMs.
Impressions: Now that I've had this build running for a while, I've gotten to know it a lot better. There are some quirks: with Debian 9, I believe there is an issue with the nVidia driver that interferes with "hibernation", resulting in the computer not being able to wake up. To address this, I disabled hibernation completely.
The fans are pretty loud, but oh well (see note at end). The RAM is beautiful, the case is great, and it hums along. The Ryzen 3 1300x is amazing, and the stock cooler isn't as underpowered as I originally thought. I would like to upgrade to a S340 elite eventually, maybe put a fancy backplate on the GPU, and get some sort of support (maybe a Lego scene with Rambo) to address the sag.
I appreciate all the comments I got on the original build. I did not take offense at any of the critiques on my GPU choice, and I took your recommendations seriously when deciding how to improve First Blood. Thank you.
NOTE ON LOUD FANS: So as it happens, I was tinkering with the ASRock BIOS trying to enquieten the Cooler Master fans. TL;DR: fan header #1 doesn't support speed control with 3-pin fans, but headers 2 and 3 do. When plugged into header 1, 3-pin fans run at 100% power by default. Switched headers, loudness problem solved.
ADVENTURES IN OVERCLOCKING: I've seen (alt: I done seen) some folks say they were (alt: was) able to overclock the 1300X to 3.9 GHz. I was able to go up to 3.7 with the system stable at 1.3 V, but any higher speed/voltage and welcome to Instability City of Crash County, Population: First Blood. It will still boost to 3.9, so I am quite happy with the elevated base speed. All hail Ryzen!
PERIPHERAL VISION: So one of the comments was that I should get a shnazzy keyboard and monitor. I don't have the monitor yet, but I do have the shnazzy keyboard: Red Dragon Devaraias mechanical RGB. It's gorgeous, has less clickity Outema Brown switches, and is a typing delight. The RBG settings are great and the girls LOVE the rainbow cycles. I added a few pics at the end.
This card looks so cool. Radical, even. It's not as long as beefier cards, but it still has a bit of sag to it. The MSI logo lights up white, and the red...things around the second fan light up red. The fans only kick on above 60 C. It doesn't have a backplate, but there are some aftermarket options out there if you absolutely got to have one.
Wireless Network Adapter
Perfect card for Linux. No complaints whatsoever. Buy it. NOW.
Not too bright, not to dim, perfect length for the S340 case. It illuminates with a beautiful, true red. The magnetic strip on the back is stronger than I expected, and it can daisy chain if you need more.