Been planning on switching from my gaming laptop to PC for over a year, I've been lurking /r/buildapc and here to learn all the lingos, parts and guides. As my laptop wanes, I finally pulled the trigger and bought all the parts over the course of a week. I took a day off work to complete the build and it POST without any hiccups! I went from a complete noob to a PC building addict, I still frequent the community to learn and help aspiring builders with their questions!
Since I was in no rush to replace my laptop, I took my time to research all the parts and decided to go for the best parts (within reasonable means). I have a flexible budget of $2K without peripherals for a gaming PC. I think my part choices are pretty standard that emphasize performance & looks. I don't think I'll need to upgrade any parts soon, but in an ideal world I would fill up my RAM remaining slots and NVME SSD when the price drops
The build itself took 5 hours including installing the OS. I did a lot of research and watched a lot of video prior to the build so I have a pretty good mental grasp of what to do and what to look out for. The only two things that I wasn't prepared for were: 1) CPU Crunch was worse than I anticipated, I was geuinely scared that I ruined my CPU 2) Cable connections require more figuring out since most build videos don't go through it in detail, coupled with all the extra cables that comes with the mobo & power supply made me doubt myself multiple times
Great CPU with powerful processing power. Temperature tends to spike randomly but it has no impact on performance.
Great CPU cooler with beautiful design, pretty easy to install. The sound isn't that bad and I can barely hear it below my desk. CAM Software is unstable at times, meaning that it doesn't recognize my saved profile.
Looks nice, comes with on-board wifi and great UEFI functionalities that admittedly I will not utilize fully
Awesome RAM with amazing integration with ASUS Aura software. Very easy to set up lighting
One of the staple SSD's to get, very fast and doesn't get too hot
Amazing GPU with strong OC capability. Runs all of my games at MAX settings. No coil whine unless I'm running stress tests. I have having trouble OCing it past the 2050Mhz, will continue to tweak it until then.
Great case to build in, very nice finish. Keep note that there are no filters on the top and back exhaust, therefore its best for exhaust fans only!
Great PSU without any problems, comes with all the necessary cables without any trouble
Amazing monitor with some black light bleeds (unavoidable). Can live with it if you don't play in the dark that often
CAM Software is unstable at times, meaning that it doesn't recognize my saved profile. Otherwise the lighting strips are great and very bright!