I built my first computer in college when my Macbook just couldn't handle my code compiling & VM needs. Since then, things have gotten a little out of hand.
After college, it basically became my netfix box that I would occasionally game and write code on. I wasn't planning on any changes to my 4790k based system since Intel's been selling the same tired 4 core chip for 3 years and buying a new 4 core chip in 2017 was not really an upgrade.
When AMD launched Ryzen, it was genuine innovation and I made the leap. So far, I'm really happy with the build. I have it at 4.0Ghz at 1.37v with cl14 3200Mhz ram and the machine has been running for months without a hitch.
My next upgrade will be Threadripper for my freenas build. Intel's x299 was a major disappointment, I don't want their fire hazard in my closet
Intel hasn't made a processor worth upgrading to in 3 years and their next 15% improved 4 core chip won't be something I will invest in either. I use Xeon based blade servers at my job and it involves compile operating systems a lot and when I wanted to learn anything at home my i7 4790k would take forever to compile. The 1800x has cut down the time by almost half! All the Intel mainstream processors like the 7700k get manhandled by the 1800x.
For gaming my performance improved since I always play with 10 chrome tabs, Twitch, Spotify and a couple other things running with my game, also I get much better lows since the cpu isn't pegged at 100% which forced the scheduler to juggle more than it can handle.
Decent cooler. I upgraded the fans to Corsair's ML series
I was originally planning on getting the Taichi but the Gaming Professional came in stock at my local Microcenter and I got tired of waiting. I went for this board for the 16 power phase design and 3200Mhz memory support. I really like it so far. The initial bios upgrade is frustrating and I would highly recommend doing it over a usb stick with dos on it rather than through windows. Once you're at v1.5+ you have the option of doing it straight from the UEFI as long as you have a internet connection.
Pretty good drive. As of now, I don't know if the difference in performance between a nvme drive and an ssd is worth it for most people
Best drive to get right now.
Decent drive. Go with reds for reliability
It's a good card, no 2 ways about it but the reference cooler is ****, it chokes the card pretty frequently and is definitely not value for money. I usually go with the ti release but gambled on this card since the ti release was nowhere in sight when I got this card in September. With the new Xp release, I feel completely screwed over since they sold me a 12 cylinder car with one cylinder turned off only to start selling the same thing with the full 12 cylinders 6 months later. I won't be buying a titan again. If AMD can deliver competition to this card, I would be happy to switch over.
Good, reliable power supply
I hate this adware/spyware OS. It is literal dogshit. You can throw thousands of dollars to polish this turd but sadly macbook or my Ubuntu Elitebook are still a much better overall user experience. If I get over gaming, I will be installing a proper OS on this computer
After using a retina macbook, I could see the difference in the detail of text between that and anything 1080p and there was no going back. I value 4k detail a lot more than 144Hz and this tn monitor has served me well so far. It's not the best out there but for the price, it's pretty good.
I initially got a razer keyboard but it's not very good for couch gaming. It weighs more than a laptop and doesn't sit well in a living room, I really like this keyboard. It has a solid construction, it is really light and has a good battery life.
Pretty good overall. I wish it didn't have such an ugly shroud and maybe a little better fan
They sound really good, they're comfortable for short periods but if you don't have them on just right, they can get uncomfortable
Love this thing, it powers everything I throw at it well and has 4k passthrough
This things sound better than a movie theater