This build evolved from two others: I originally had a mITX Gaming PC and a Ryzen 'workstation' pc. But it got to be a pain switching between the two and I realised I could build one PC that would do it all.
That's where it begun - This is where it ended up!
The Case was from my original 'Ryzen Mini-ripper' - a Ryzen 2700X/GTX 1070ti build. The Ram comes from there too. With a shift to an i7-9700K (my work and play doesn't justify the i9-9900k and I was concerned about cooling it) cam a move to the only viable mATX Z390 motherboard IMO. Really impressed with the MSI Gaming Edge AC. Everything you need on a board without overkill.
The Storage solution comes courtesy of an Adata SX8200 Primary drive that was originally in my gaming build, A Crucial MX500 for games and photos which I bought new but second hand, and a 3Tb Toshiba just for mirroring other stuff. If I was building this again today, I'd have an Intel 660p, no question.
The GPU - well, that's a bit of an impulse purchase. Originally I had a GTX 1080ti in my gaming system, and in all honesty it was great - all the GPU you need even at 1440p ultrawide.... but.... When a thiccc EVGA FTW3 rears it head, sometimes you just have to buy. Still getting to grips with it. It's awesome in benchmarks! Looks great in games too, but not a sea change form the 1080ti.
Cooling is courtesy of a Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4, and it's great. Almost inaudible even with the open meshify. I have 2 x LL140 Corsairs at the front, and a single 120mm rear for exhaust. With fan profiles set, they're pretty quiet. The top one ramps with CPU temp, the bottom one ramps with 'system' temp the sensor which is sat right behind the GPU. My theory for this is that it is pro-active and pumps air across the GPU before GPU temps require it - The FTW3 can control a case fan itself, but I prefer to have the MoBo do it as the FTW3 fans don't spin up when idle or even moderate loads.
The PSU is excellent, I love the Corsair RMx, and I got custom Corsair Cable set too to brighten up the interiror a bit.
Rounded off with Corsair perhiperals (I like them and it keeps things neat in iCue), and an Acer Predator X34P monitor, I think we can safely say this buld is done!!
Really strong CPU, never found wanting across pretty much all games. Recommended, especially if the i9-9900K is out of reach.
An absolutely cracking cooler, almost silent and very effective.
Working ram - no issues at all hear. Prices have since dropped. I know it makes NO difference but I like the Aesthetic of the heat spreaders.
A Good drive and I'm glad I didn't spring more for a 970 Evo - But I'm now convinced that for my uses an intel 660p would have been plenty adequate (and half the price/twice the size). I now keep this mostly clear, it just has Windows, a few core programmes on it. It carries about 100Gb right now.
Great value 2.5" SSD. Not much more to say - lighting fast access to games and photos for editing.
I don't get the hate for these - cheap, decent, disposable.
I have to say five stars because of the price..... I dunno. I absolutely LOVE the cutting edge nature of this GPU and the tech it demonstrates. I'll probably get shot down for this but I actually think it's cheap given the level of technology it exhibits. I see it not so much has a great GPU (which it is) but as a testament to what mankind can do when we really work at it.
Such a good case at the price. If you're considering it, pay extra attention to the kind of coolers and fans you'll put into it, because it's effectively open. Mine makes little more than faint hum even at maximum chat.
A truly great PSu. Almost silent all the time. 2x EPS connectors. Plenty of power, and very well reviewed by Jonny Guru. In the UK these are much cheaper than the EVGA units with similar spec.
Sorta regret going RGB... Just so many cables, and it took me 3 hours to disassemble, wire them in, and sort them out. Look good in photos though!
A phenomenal monitor. I took a gamble with mine, it's open box - so someone probably returned it for backlight bleed. And it does have some - a tiny bit in bottom corners. I can only see it on a blank black screen, in all other situations it's fine.
I cannot fault anything else with this monitor. I LOVE the immersion, the fluidity of G-Sync, I use the USB hub on the back of it, I love the curve. It works great in driving games or elite dangerous. In fact it works great everywhere. I've become an ultrawide evangelist due to this monitor.
I have a really small desk, so this keyboard allows me some swipe space. I mainly game/edit photos so a keypad is mostly redundant (apart from my habit of entering currency symbols via their ALT+ code!)
As far as I'm concerned, the best mouse in the world. Great features, great feel, no fluff.
Really impressed with this actually - a very comfortable, capable and non-showy headset. Sound quality is awesome particularly using the USB adaptor dongle.