Hey there PCPP! Here's my 5th build and the first one I've felt comfortable posting here. There's probably a lot to improve, but for now it works well.

Building this was a dizzying mix of extreme frustration, stress, and relief. Originally, I started with a Gskill 16 GB DDR4 3200 kit which was not on the QVL list, but was Samsung B-die. The board refused to post, and continued to not post even after each dimm was cycled through the 4 slots on the board. This was before I had the case and I had the board on a cardboard box. I then tried resetting CMOS and doing the same thing at least 4 times. After that, I tried resetting CMOS, reseating the CPU, and cycling the RAM through. Still no POST. I then added moving the GPU to the mix. Again, no POST. Eventually, I realized the board was throwing a keyboard error and storage error, so I plugged in a keyboard and my SSD. The board still refused to POST. Finally, I disassembled everything and reassembled it, repeating the process above with a keyboard and SSD plugged in. It refused to POST, again. Cables were checked and re-checked, and everything was connected correctly. A couple months later, I get the RAM kit you see in the list now, which was on the QVL list. It refused to POST, even after repeating the full troubleshooting process. I asked around and nobody knew what the problem was. I eventually gave up, until my friend came over a week later to diagnose issues and complete the build. We moved the test build into another room and set the motherboard on a cutting board. Miraculously, it managed to post for no apparent reason. And from there, the build began.

The Thermaltake View 71 TG was a great case to build in. Lots of room and great aesthetic. My only problem is it's extremely heavy, so portability is not in the cards for this PC. But no matter, my next build should fix that problem.

This build was meant to conquer video editing, 1440p gaming, and streaming. It's done well so far, and I have yet to work out how to make the AIO work just right. After that gets fixed, I should be able to attempt overclocks. RAM is stable at 3200 MHz XMP.

Overall, I'm happy with the build so far and can't wait to make improvements.

Edit 8/7/18: Been having a lot of fun with Ryzen Master and Afterburner. CPU is stable at 4.2 GHz (1.3625 volts) on all cores and GPU is stable at 2088 MHz on the core and 5090 on the memory. Scores have been great so far.

Part Reviews


Great value and great performance. Shreds any game and video editing project I throw at it.

CPU Cooler

Great value and great performance. Has kept CPU cool so far, but not the easiest to figure out.


This board is great, but in my experience it has been frustratingly inconsistent. Buy at your own risk.


Great value and great performance. Have not been able to get up to 3466 just yet, but sitting comfortably at 3200 MHz.


240 GB of solid state for $50? Yes please.


Not worth the extra price you'd normally pay for it, but like most WD drives has been fast and dependable.


Good for the price, but has been a little inconsistent. Originally didn't detect, but after messing with it for a while it started to work ok.

Video Card

Pushes insane frame rates at 1440p Ultra and was definitely worth the money. I for sure don't regret selling my 1070.


Case is extremely heavy, but worth the price and extra heft. It's just gorgeous, with tempered glass all around and RGB fans. Lots of room for AIOs and stuff as well. Highly recommend it.

Power Supply

Good price and lots of flexibility. Love this PSU so far.

Operating System

It's windows


It's not an IPS display, but has worked great so far. Experience has been very smooth and visuals have been awesome.


A little bit on the expensive side in my opinion as it's just the Strafe with RGB LEDs, but other than that it's very well made and Cherry MX Red speaks for itself.


Love the customization available with this thing. Very comfortable and love the weights.


Not too bad, but it's fairly evident that this was meant to be a budget product. The mic is not very good and the headset feels cheap, but the audio is fairly good.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I see on your review you said the MB has been inconsistent. I really want to buy this board, what do you mean by inconsistent? By the way, I have the same monitor. Love it. Thank you,

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Overclocks don't like to stick, and weird errors occasionally happen. It also took me 3 months of on and off troubleshooting before it magically POSTed out of nowhere.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer. Are you on the latest BIOS?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know I am. I'll have to check when I get a chance, but I know I at least updated the bios once or twice since I built it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

After reading your review on the MB, I’m on the fence about buying it. After the initial issues with posting, have you had any major problems with it? I’m deciding between downgrading my card to a 1070ti and upgrading the board to the crosshair Hero because of it. Do you think it would be worth it to stay with the board?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it just might be an AsRock thing. Their boards can be very finicky. It's really up to you. I don't like Asus' customer service, so you best hope that if you go to the Hero, it works without any issues. They're both pretty good boards, I would just be wary and do a massive amount of research into the Ultimate before buying.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thank you!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there! Is that Rival 600 easy to click? My current mouse (Corsair Harpoon) requires quite a lot of force to actually click on the middle, which is bad for FPS games. The Rival 600 looks like it has raised buttons that could be easier to press down. Cool build btw, +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It has been a great mouse for me. Takes some getting used to but still a great mouse, and you can add weight to it.