Funnily enough this all started because I decided to sell my old monitors to ascend to ultrawide and before I knew it, I've finished accumulating all the components in a little bit less than a month (luckily due to various sales/Prime Day/etc).
This is my 2nd build with my 1st being a budget Mini-ITX machine with i5 6500 & a GTX 1060. After finishing it, I realized that bigger is indeed better since I had so much struggle as a first timer fitting everything in such a small footprint. I realized that it was fine for me sacrifice some performance for RGB/lighting to fit the aesthetic that I was going for with the monitor. So all said and done, this is definitely a fitting upgrade to my previous build. I will mostly be gaming with splash of Lightroom/Photoshop here and there, as I also take photos as a hobby/enthusiast.
Installation wasn't super difficult since this is my 2nd build, but with my technological illiteracy in mind, cable management and fan placements were a little troublesome. Here are the components:
- CPU: Originally I was going with a Ryzen 7 2700 due to the sweet Prime Day deal, however, mine arrived damaged and as a result I changed the CPU to a Ryzen 5 2600x due to better single core performance and I didn't see any need for the extra cores/threads.
- Mobo: Luckily I happen to live close to a Micro Center to take advantage of their sweet mobo + CPU deal to grab the ASUS Rog Strix x470-F for cheap and with RGB in mind, all my components were based on performance and whether or not they sync with ASUS Aura.
- Cooler: Originally was going for a water cooled build, but upon realizing that my GPU was way too long, I went with an air cooled build instead.
- Memory/Storage: Got both through either Newegg Deals or Amazon Prime days. Originally was going for an SSD/HDD combo but the M.2 prices were too good to not swoop so overall I'm satisfied.
- GPU: Went for the safe bet of the Vega 64 (despite the horrendous prices) to handle my 1440p 100hz UW monitor at its best and for some future proof (+ ASUS Aura sync is a bonus). There were really no other custom Vega 64 cards that were available at the same time.
- Case: Amazing. Made building so much easier w/ the thorough booklet + so much airflow while still being aesthetically pleasing.
- PSU: went with the recommended 750w PSU for the Vega 64 & scored a sweet deal w/ BH Photo.
- Wifi card: Since my room has no access to ehternet, I went ahead and install a PCIE wireless + BT card and so far it's great.
- Case Fans: The 2 Corsair fans were great and worked well with my extra fan hub lying around. Also used the included 2 fans that came w/ the case as exhaust fans at the top while grabbed my extra Cooler Master Pro 120 Air Balance as another exhaust fan (+ RGB).
- Sleeves: Honestly I could've made them look nicer but this was my first time being serious about cable management so I will keep working on it in the future. The white was great though. Chose the shorted version and had no trouble with excess cables.
- Monitor: Great monitor with super high contrast & Quantum Dot tech is super helpful. I see no difference w/ my previous IPS monitors & Freesync is amazing.
Works great out of the box (will try OCing later but so far so good.
Super quiet and kept my CPU cool (+ RGB lighting is super pretty).
Super easy to set up + durable.
Super quick and easy to install. Boot windows in less than 10s.
Reliable and fast, as expected from Crucial.
This + Freesync is amazing and was able to handle everything I threw at it.
Super easy installation guide, great airflow & aesthetically pleasing. What more can you ask?
Dampen sound like crazy could not hear any of my fans.
Wireless Network Adapter
Had no problem picking up wifi and maintain a stable connection + BT is a great addition.
Works great and are super silent.
Works great + RGB while still being silent.
Super nice looking + perfect length to not have unnecessary extra cables in the back of case.