This is my first build in 10 years. Hopefully it will last that long in it’s Davinci Resolve, BMD Fusion and mild gaming activities. I started with a single graphics card but upped it after adding the second monitor and seeing opportunity in Fusion render times. I won the silicon lottery with the first gpu but the second one doesn't go far limiting my overclock in SLI. The backplate on the second card is different than the first despit being the exact same model from same vendor (newegg)...odd.
The RGB lighting is to excite my 5 year old in computers. So far they are working as he likes to pick the colors of the day. The Corsair Light Loop fans are impressive in person. I would consider doing the entire thing in them next time. I have them on the same Corsair Node pro as the HD120’s and as long as you set the type as LL and consider the 2x LED vs 1x LED fans you can program them as you would normally. The G.skill RAM RGB features didn’t play nicely with the Gigabyte board but after installing the ASUS Aura software I was able to control it. It did take a few false starts cleaned up by Thaiphoon Burner to get there however.
Ryzen Master is a fantastic overclocking tool. Really easy compared to the old bios method. The machine runs stable at 4.0ghz and I haven’t seen much reason to push it. I have gotten the graphics cards core clock and memory clock up substantially (MSI Afterburner) and it shows in the benches (image is of CPU at 4ghz, RAM at 3200 and GPU’s stock) but I don’t run that high normally due to fan noise. Without the GPU overclock I can barely hear the thing.
If there is one component I am very happy with it’s the BenQ 4K monitor. It’s amazingly clear and color accurate for the price. I made a poor choice on the traditional hard drives. I was at Fry's and saw them on sale but didn't notice they were 5400rpm drives. When I figured it out I rationalized they are long term storage only but I wish they were 7200rpm drives. I am also dissapointed with the gigabyte bundled software. It doesn't work perfectly (here's looking at you RGB fusion). The format of their monitoring overlay is a brightspot.
Feel free to message me if you have questions about the build or why I made particular choices. I have enjoyed building this thing and would be happy to help.
Update: 12/30 - Added image with Cinebench numbers at 4ghz, 3200 RAM and stock GPU Update: 1/4 - Switched the case out for a NZXT H700i because the fan controller didn't work on the Be Quiet! Dark Base 700 and I got an rma on it. The dual gpu water blocks on the front made a lot more sense though I tilted them sideways to fit the fan above which isn't the greatest idea. Update: 1/5 - added thoughts on gigabyte software and notes on gpu silicon lottery
Update: 1/7 was having thermal issues in the new case so I switched the rear exhaust to intake and saw a 10+ degree drop in temps on the CPU. As a result I ordered a magnetic filter from amazon.