I will preempt this with saying this is my first ever build, so hopefully I don't sound too much like an armchair expert. I wanted an aesthetic that wasn't all red, black, and dark while also wanting to reach an admirable level of performance. This build's theme is obviously white and at some point in the near future, I will add RGB strips and a controller. If I have to stare at it for years, I might as well enjoy the view, right? The GeIL Super Luce 16GB RAM is inaccurate in the parts list in that I purchased the white colored, white LED version.
I decided to jump into the deep end and explore the depths with AMD and their new Ryzen CPUs. I chose the Ryzen 7 1700 for its performance, budget, and potential. I'm not married to either AMD or Intel though, so if I see something much, much more lucrative on either side, I'm more than happy to jump ship.
The Ryzen 7 1700 comes with the Wraith Spire stock cooler which has been well received and reviewed. Unless I find need of a bulkier air cooler or experiment with building a water-cooling system, I have no need to replace it. I personally prefer this RGB, low-profile cooler compared to others out there, but only time and CPU temps will tell.
While it has its quirks (as with the Ryzen CPUs), I fell in love with the Taichi x370. It's a beautiful board, offers on-board wifi (for when you live that apartment life and don't want to depend on a coaxial cable to be in an ideal space for your desk), good audio, that ultra m.2 slot, and the other features it provides. I could stand a better UEFI, but it wasn't a deal breaker for this solid motherboard.
I will admit vanity has me again when it comes to this video card. It's white, 1070, Asus, SLI capable and suits my needs. I honestly do not mind the lack of backplate and I have seen places offer to make them or I can have a friend machine one himself. I use higher quality noise-cancelling headphones, so noise is not a factor for me.
I originally started this build with the Corsair Carbide 540 in mind, but I eventually gave it up due to several factors such as footprint and cost. Although, one day, she will be mine; oh yes, she will be mine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDEEKGUq-9Y). I digress. I chose this case because of color, of course, but also its sheer simplicity. I enjoy sleek, clean, and simple. I wanted a monolith and I stumbled on this very popular case. As I keep reiterating, it's not perfect, but I like it. I will be changing the case fans, their orientation, and adding another (possibly) in the near future. That said, cable management is a breeze with the PSU shroud and the little removable white piece that acts as a pseudo shroud.
Of course I will be putting more storage on at a later point, but I wanted to try my hands on something I've never played with before. The ultra m.2 slot mentioned earlier runs at a potential 32 Gb/s, so I'm excited to put my OS on this (even though the speed is much slower at 540mb/s if I remember correctly), plus a couple small games I play. I am more than likely going to get another SSD, but it'll be the 2.5" SATA variety.
It's white, it's not super gaudy, it's not digital camo. It's also 16GB and reasonable. My only complaint is that the LED fins do not match up, but that's minor.
We're moving on to the no brainer part of our list now. Good PSU, good warranty, good/clean wattage, good rating, etc. I doubt I'll need more wattage for quite a while.
Win 10, an evil I'm willing to accept
Frankly, I know very little on monitors, so I would like to read, review, and spend some good time on what to get next (going to run dual monitors anyway). I do know this is VESA compatible, IPS, decent refresh rate as far I can tell, and decently reviewed while competitively priced. We'll chalk this up to a "I have no idea what quality is, so it'll still feel like quality to me" situation.
Combo that seems fairly accepted by most. As with the prior, I've never really used a gaming mouse/keyboard, but a mechanical keyboard is on my bucket list which is not my "get one immediately list". It's appears good and cheap like all good
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So I wrote this first part before I actually assembled it. My God, if only it was as easy as literally everyone makes it look. I won't fess up to how long it took to put it all together, but I did run into a few snags along the way; the I/O shield had a weird tab bent down obstructing one of the USB ports, but I didn't notice until after I mounted the motherboard, but it wasn't a huge deal. I also had a bit of trouble mounting the CPU cooler, but that was probably just me being nervous about tightening down the screws. My main concern with that though is I hope I didn't screw up the thermal paste too much, but I'll probably reapply some more down the road if I keep worrying about it. On boot, my CPU cooler did not kick on, but after I moved the header to another CPUFAN pin set, it works just fine. I am interested in setting up a HUE+ system or something similar for fun and I'll probably replace the case fans eventually, but this was a fun adventure and I'm hooked. I've already started looking into mini ITX motherboards and cases, but that is a project for another day. That being said, here's a few things I learned for anyone (like me) who read through these and other builds before their first:
- Unpack all your parts completely before you start. Sounds obvious, but it didn't cross my mind until I was in the thick of it
- Invest in a good magnetic screwdriver. You will appreciate it when you're trying to use teeny tiny screws for mounting the motherboard. Also think long, for getting up in those guts.
- Your motherboard manual will be your bible. It will answer most of the questions you'll have during.
- Motherboard pins are not insurmountable. They scared me a bit when I was connecting headers, but the motherboard manual usually explains where things go and the orientation they go in.
- Diagonal tightening is a thing for the CPU cooler. You can google it if my explanation doesn't make sense, but tighten screws diagonal to each other, using equal turns for each and your life will be easier. Trust me.
I appreciate any and all input, since I can easily see this community is full of helpful, friendly people. In particular, if you have any recommendations for RGB kits, custom cables, or case fans (static pressure preferable) I would be delighted. Also, thank you to everyone on here for the wide range of budget to enthusiast and everything in between. It really helps when trying to decide what you want and need.
No complaints so far and I have high expectations for this little workhorse. I am going to using my system for a mix of gaming, photo/video editing, and school. Only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is that the stock cooler that comes with it is a bit of a hassle in mounting and the pre-applied paste appeared to have a couple specks in it I had to remove, carefully.
It's beautiful, has onboard wifi, 2 m.2 slots, plenty of sata ports, and the HD audio is superb. Only complaints come down to the high price, lack of a 3rd m.2 slot (like its z270 counterpart), and lackluster UEFI, especially at its current price.
Absolutely love this RAM. It is competitively priced, has LED fins, and fits perfectly in my build. It's very hard to find good, white RAM for an affordable price.
Some of the best bang for your buck for NMVe storage. It's quick, tiny, and is easy as pie to install. Going to get another one, but looking more at the 500GB model
The lack of backplate will turn off many to this card, but it's a beautiful piece for a beautiful price. It's SLI ready, compact, and white which is great for me. I wish ASUS would seriously consider expanding into this style with more of their cards.
It's very common to find this case used in the builds you'll see in "Completed Builds" and that's because it's great. Bottom line. It's great at cable management, simple, sleek, comes with magnetic dust filters, easily opened up and fairly straightforward with its design. The instructions that come with leave something to be desired, but for this price and quality, it's hard to beat.
It's quiet, fully modular, and the cables that come with are quality. It's a great PSU for any build that isn't requiring tons and tons of wattage. It'll be suitable for just about anyone's needs. Even the packaging came with a couple of nice bags to hold everything. Little touches like that stand out to me, so I have to recommend this to anyone looking.
I have nothing to complain about as far as installation, but Cortana is annoying (but able to be disabled), the start menu is not pleasant to look at, and Microsoft could stand to take a class in subtle, smooth design. It feels like this is marketed to older people when you could easily make it a good operating system for all consumers.
Great bang for your buck, VESA mount, IPS, decent refresh rate. It needs to be tweaked a little bit out of the box, but that's something only picky people will probably notice or care about.
Cheap, but it has its flaws. The LED backlighting could have been its own button instead of the scroll lock and they could have made a button to turn off the mouse's backlight. The keys are okay, attempting to imitate mechanical keyboards, but falling short. All in all, it's good if you need something now and inexpensive.