This is my latest PC built mostly for gaming but also some intensive workloads, such as neural network training. The main games I run are Destiny 2, Minecraft, Far Cry 5, and GTA 5. See below for reasoning behind each parts' selection.
Processor: I chose the 3900X because I wanted the best I could get for a reasonable price. I skimped in this area on my last build and did not want to make the same mistake. I know it is overkill for gaming but it will be helpful for my neural network training. This thing is absolutely amazing, and it will definitely handle all of my gaming and workloads for the foreseeable future. It scored a 7300 in Cinebench R20 with PBO enabled, getting an all core boost of 4.4 GHz with ease!
Cooler: A great processor deserves a great cooler, so I got the 360mm corsair liquid cooler to keep the monster of a processor cool. It works extremely well and allows for 6 fans to mount to it, so I have the three RGB fans on the front and the 3 that came with the cooler on the back.
Motherboard: I wanted to get the latest and best of the X570 boards, so I went for this Asus X570 board. I know, I know, X570 is not necessary for this build as I am not using PCIe 4.0, but I wanted a great motherboard and did not want the hassle of trying to update the bios to use the 3900X.
RAM: Knowing how much RAM speed affects Ryzen, I got 32 GB of Corsair DDR4 3200 MHz RAM. This RAM runs very well and the RGB lighting is the icing on the cake.
Storage: I got the 1 TB Samsung M.2 for my OS and my favorite games and the 3 TB hard drive for bulk storage of games, movies, and clips. The Samsung drive is incredibly fast for all operations and I am very happy with it.
GPU: I got the RTX 2080 Super recently to finish off this build (for now...). I chose it because it is top of the line, and under $1000 nothing is better in my opinion. I originally wanted to go Navi but they did not have anything on the high end so I went with this 2080 Super. Its my first Nvidia card and I am extremely pleased with it, the drivers and software are much better and the raw power is just insane.
Case: I love the look of this Corsair case, and I especially like the included fans, commander pro, and lighting hub. All that within a sleek case make this case a very good choice for the price (considering the near $200 of fans, fan controllers, and RGB hubs that are included).
Power Supply: To leave the possibility of Crossfire on the table I went with a 1000W PSU with a gold rating.
OS: For gaming and for school I chose Windows 10. I got it free through my University.
Fans: Had to have that extra RGB flair so I got 3 more LL RGB fans to add to this case.
Monitors: The HP Omen 32 I had on hand from my last build and it is amazing. The only thing I wish it had was 144 Hz refresh rate, but it works great for now. The two side monitors I got used from a local business at a steal. They work great for discord and web browsers while I game on the main monitor.
Keyboard: Also had this from my last build, and it is an amazing keyboard. I got some of Hyper X's custom pudding keys for added effect, and they are double shot which is a nice bonus.
Mouse: Also had this on my last build, it is a great mouse. Really nice for FPS and feels really good in the hand.
Headphones: Also had these on my last build, and I absolutely love them. The wireless is amazing, the battery life is fantastic, the sound is really good, and the mic is quite nice as well.
Speakers: I had these from my last build as well, and they work well. I mostly use them for gaming if I am playing alone and some music.
CableMod Cables: I got these because default PSU cables do not look great, and I was really going for a nice aesthetic. I really like how these turned out and I am very happy with my purchase, especially considering how much I was on-the-fence about them.
Overall, I am very happy with this build. It runs everything I throw at it with ease and I love gaming on it. All Corsair peripherals and RGB is very nice and I love how they can all sync up. If you have any questions about the build, let me know, and I will be happy to answer them as best I can. Hope you guys like it!
This processor is an absolute monster. It will run anything I throw at it with ease and never gets overloaded. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get the best of the best in gaming processors.
This cooler is great for performance. It has greatly helped my processors thermals and it is very quiet.
This motherboard is quite overkill for most people, but it is one of the best looking X570 boards, and it is Asus. The reason it does not have 5 stars is the price mostly, I know X570 is expensive but it feels like it should not be that expensive.
This RAM runs very well, no issues getting it to set at 3200 MHz and I got it for an amazing price. The RGB effects are fantastic and I would highly recommend the RAM overall!
This drive is insanely fast. It easily reaches and sometimes exceeds its advertised read / write speeds and boots very fast as well. The capacity is very nice, leaves room for my favorite games on top of my OS and programs.
First drive was DOA, second one has no issues. Not much to say here, its a good hard drive with lots of storage at a great price.
The graphics card itself is amazing. The cooling system is great, even at max loads I have not seen anything above 70, and thats with the rest of my fans in quiet mode. The reason I took off a star is the software. Gigabytes software is utter garbage. I know I can use MSI afterburner for controlling its speeds and fans, which I am, but their RGB control software cannot be substituted. It looks awful, and it takes over RGB lighting on my ram from iCue while running. Luckily, the GPU can save lighting effects so I set them then stopped the software from running on startup. TL;DR: Great hardware, garbage software.
This case is absolutely beautiful. The tempered glass combined with the RGB give a very nice and clean aesthetic. I really love the look of this case. My only complaint, and the reason it lost a star, is that it has limited cable management space behind the right side panel. To make matters worse, because that panel is also tempered glass, you have to try and have really clean cable management on both sides. Don't get me wrong, the tempered glass looks really nice and I do like having it, but that extra effort required to tie and tuck every single cable makes it slightly less appealing. I would definitely build in this case again, just be aware that it will take you some extra time to work out your cable routing well.
Not much to say here, it is a very efficient and quality PSU. The fan will not spin unless it is loaded, which is quite helpful for silent operation. Also, the link into iCUE for monitoring is actually quite useful as well.
These fans look amazing and are near silent even at high RPMs. I highly recommend them for any build, especially if you want some RGB that looks clean and not trashy (looking at you visible LED strips...)
These fans look amazing and are near silent even at high RPMs. I highly recommend them for any build, especially if you want some RGB that looks clean and not trashy (looking at you visible LED strips...).
These monitors are nothing special, they work well for side monitors and at $15 a piece I am not complaining.
This monitor works very well for gaming, the 2k resolution is very noticeable, especially at this size. Speaking of size, this thing is massive. I love having so much space on my display. Top all of that off with 75 Hz refresh rate and Freesync, and you have a very nice gaming monitor for a very good price. My only complaints here are the bezel size, which is inherent to the panel type, and the weight (20+ lbs easily). Other than those minor issues, this is fantastic monitor!
This keyboard is one of the best that money can buy. The MX Brown switches feel amazing. They have a nice tactile feel without being obnoxiously loud. The RGB and extra programmable keys really make this keyboard a fantastic choice, I would highly recommend it!
This mouse is very nice, especially for the price. It has a very good weight to it, which I believe is adjustable (don't quote me on that). I really like the way it feels in the hand, it is suited well to a palm grip or a looser grip. The sniper button is nice, but I wish it was re-mappable. Other than that issue, this is a fantastic gaming mouse and it performs well!
This headset has amazing sound quality. The 7.1 surround is quite nice for gaming, very easy to tell the direction of footsteps. The wireless works quite well, no latency issues and I have not experienced any connectivity issues either. The reason I knocked off a star is a software issue with iCue. Oftentimes when I mute the mic then unmute it, my sidetone (hearing mic input through the headset in real time) is disabled. To re-enable it I have to open iCue and click on the slider. This is not a major issue but it is quite frustrating if you are in the middle of a game, which is why I knocked off a star.
These speakers have good sound quality for the price. They work quite well for gaming speakers as they have a lot of bass. Music through them is not amazing, but that may be because I now listen to music through a Samsung soundbar. They work well for the price and I would recommend them for gaming and some casual listening. If you are an audiophile however, these may not be for you.
These stands are fantastic. They have so many axes that are adjustable, so no matter how you want to place your monitors you can do it. One thing to note, check dimensions. The base of these stands is quite large.
These cables really do look amazing. They added that last touch to the aesthetic of my build and I am very happy with them. The included cable combs are easy to install and even easier to move once installed. I had no issues with these cables and if you are looking for an easy way to clean up your build I highly recommend adding some of these!