Description

This was my first build in almost 10 years--coming from an i7-920. My OS drive finally took a dump and without a decent backup in place, I was faced with having to rebuild and reinstall everything. I was wanting to build a new PC soon anyway, so decided now was the perfect time.

It was a lot of fun researching all of the components and decided what to put into the new rig. Most of the components were acquired over the course of November as they went on sale. This will mostly be a productivity machine as I'm not much of a gamer, but now that I have a capable system maybe that will change some.

There's a saying in IT that "no one ever gets fired for buying IBM." In the red team/blue team debate, going with blue is the easy/safe decision and had the 9900K been at a reasonable price or even the 9700K not dumped HT, I probably would have stayed blue. However, there's no denying the price performance value of Ryzen, and after seeing all the favorable write-ups and reviews, I decided to go AMD for this one.

With Ryzen 3 due next year, my biggest decision was whether to go with something cheap like a 2200G to get me by for a while and then swap out for 3700x or something next year. But the 2700x is way more processor than I need currently, so I went with it knowing I had another 2-3 years of upgrade capability on the AM4.

Case

Deciding on a case was probably the most time-consuming piece of the build. I wanted a nice roomy case with good cable management, good aesthetics, and a front panel Type C connector. The latter proving to be the hardest part to find. It also took me time to come to terms with giving up the 5.25 bay :) Finally settled on the Evolv X over the Define S2 and O11 for overall looks. There seemed to be some QC issues on the first batches that shipped based on newegg reviews, so I was a little apprehensive about potentially dealing with that, but the case arrived in perfect condition. The case was so easy to build in and cable management dead simple--even with all the extra RGB cables and the bulky Strimer extension. My biggest knock on the case would be the mounting location for the SSDs on the cable covers. I'm honestly not sure how anyone could mount them there and not snap off the SATA connector while closing the cover. I wound up going with the optional mounting location; however, the brackets for this are not included with the already expensive case and set me back another $15/ea. The case comes with a vertical GPU mounting bracket, but not the necessary riser cable. I had to get the cable directly from Phanteks as no retailer had them in stock; and even Phanteks only had the premium version in-stock at the time which set me back another $48 after shipping costs.

Memory

Originally only planned and bought a 16GB kit. Though other brands will work, going with the Aura RGB ecosystem pretty much locked me into TridentZ. The 3200 16GB b-die kits were holding steady at the $250 mark which was more than I wanted to spend for 16GB. After seeing reports of people being able to reach rated speeds for Hynix kits on the Crosshair, I pulled the trigger on a 3600-18 16GB kit at around $140. Shortly after though, the 3200-14 32GB kit went on sale for $350 and it was too good of a deal to pass up. Zero issues getting the rated speed on this kit using XMP/DOCP profile.

Part Reviews

Case

There seemed to be some QC issues on the first batches that shipped based on newegg reviews, so I was a little apprehensive about potentially dealing with that, but the case arrived in perfect condition. The case was so easy to build in and cable management dead simple--even with all the extra RGB cables and the bulky Strimer extension that I used. My biggest knock on the case would be the mounting location for the SSDs on the cable covers. I'm honestly not sure how anyone could mount them there and not snap off the SATA connector while closing the cover. I wound up going with the optional mounting location; however, the brackets for this are not included with the already expensive case and set me back another $15/ea. The case comes with a vertical GPU mounting bracket, but not the necessary riser cable. I had to get the cable directly from Phanteks as no retailer had them in stock; and even Phanteks only had the premium version in-stock at the time which set me back another $48 after shipping costs. Overall great case, but knocking off a star for the extra ~$100 I had to spend on additional parts to complete my particular build.

Custom

A great way to add adressable RGB to any fan you want and integrates with different RGB ecosystems. Frames can be daisy chained together to help with cable management. The Lux version is a metal body and also comes with an adapter to connect to addressable RGB motherboard headers.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The 2700X is a productivity demon, and I appreciate mine more and more as I use it.

Nice build! I especially like that there is no spinning rust anywhere to be seen.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! At one point I had 6 spinning disks in my last PC. So much heat.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know that they made RGB cables.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Equal parts ridiculous and awesome ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

All AMD +1

I bought the same GPU for the same price!

This is kind of a dumb question, but how did you get Aura Sync to work on turn on the RGB on the fan? I can't get it to work on my card

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mean the LED around the GPU fans?
The card should light up just with system power. If it's not lit at all, I'd say something is wrong with the card. To use Aura sync, you should see a VGA device along the top of the Aura app. You can click the chain link icon below to enable/disable the device with Aura effects.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

no, what i think they mean is the rgb on the wraith. i have it too and it's rather uncontrollable.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That was an extremely frustrating part of this. I made a specific point to make all the RGB aura compatibile. The stock wraith is "compatible", but only the fan LED. The color ring and AMD logo can only be controlled via USB with the special cooler master software. If you connect cooler to the MB RGB, the fan LED can be synced with Aura but USB control is disabled and the color ring and logo will ONLY ever do a default color cycle. I would have been content to split control or even the ability to disable the ring/logo just to have a cohesive lighting effect for the whole system. But it doesn't appear possible.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I see the VGA device. The ROG logo on the back plate lights up. However, the LED around the GPU fans doesn't light up.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like it's broken then. I'd return/rma the card if it matters to you.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda late reply but turns out I just didn't plug in some headers

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build...im building my first and pc. I have the gskill 3200 c14 rub gtzr ram same as you. I may return it. Does yours run at the advertised speeds and timing with stability? Thank you.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No issues at all running 3200@14 and very stable, but I haven't been able to push the clock much higher than that with the tight timings.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What resolution monitors are you using?