The goal for this PC was to be able to run Mass Effect Andromeda on the max settings. My previous PC was from somewhere around 2010 and it was starting to have trouble with newer games - it was time.
Build wise everything went fine with a minor hiccup. You'll notice I put it all together on our kitchen table.
On my first power up I got nowhere but then I remembered there was a new jumper on the board I plugged in that I couldn't ID. I pulled that particular jumper and everything fired up. I think it took me a solid 24 hours to come up with that solution.
I was concerned that the Radeon RX 480 wouldn't fit in the case - it's massive! The reviews on the Storm Stryker are right, it is a huge spacious case. The Radeon just fit in snugly. I was grateful for the fully modular PSU (also something I'd not seen before).
You might also notice I've actually got a physical disk drive in here. Sure we've all got great PC connections now but I remember very clearly living in a place that didn't have a cable internet connection. I like physical media particularly for anything important. When shopping for this build I noticed nearly all the options for the pre-made kits don't have physical drives anymore.
I was struck by how quiet the PC is. This is my first foray into any sort of liquid cooling, though I did the training wheels version.. I donated my old PC to my wife and I hear those fans, but nothing from the new rig.
I'm still using the same monitor from the old PC and I'm thinking of replacing that, but that will have to wait for the next tax rebate.