I am a first-timer who was previously intimated by the idea of putting together my own rig. I almost pulled the trigger on a top-of-the-line Alienware, but thankfully was convinced at the 11th hour to build instead.
My goal was to build a strong multitasker that could handle some light video editing and anything I threw at it in 1440p. I pick up the Samsung C34F791 first when it went on sale and then combed this website for weeks for tips and advice on everything else. I somewhat regret not going for a Ryzen build, but ultimately am pleased with how it turned out overall. My temps are good, I have been able to slightly overclock the 7700k and the ram and for the first time I don't have to hide my computer under a desk.
More pictures to come.
While it was a toss up between this and the 1700x, I have been able to get a solid overclock at good temps, so no complaints so far.
Great board. It has all the bells and whistles and the bios is easy to use. Asus Aura integrating seamlessly with Trident Z RGB is a nice bonus.
Lightning fast. Power button to windows log-in in 15 seconds.
Amazing case to build in. Makes cable management easy, even for a first-time builder.
The colors were vivid right out the box and the pronounced curve sucks you into every game or movie. Going Ultrawide is an absolute game changer.