This is my first ever AMD scratch build. I've decided to switch teams after so much publicized success of the new Zen architecture, so I thought it's time to give the red team a try. Prices were hot, and this was the time to strike!
This desktop is a replacement to my four year old Intel X99/5820K desktop, known as Echelon4, which will become my VMware ESXi host for my home servers (Untangle firewall router, Blue Iris NVR, Axigen e-mail server, various desktops).
Primary function for the new desktop is AAA gaming. Secondary function is occasional video editing. Also, I work from home on occasion, so there will be moderate office multi-tasking work.
Windows 10 1809 is installed on the Intel 660p on a 80GB partition. The remaining drive space is dedicted to game storage - primarily Origin and Steam libraries.
The six WD VelociRaptor 10Krpm mechanical drives are setup in three striped volumes (software RAID-0). The first volume consists of document and photo storage; the second volume is for storing large files like ISO's and application installers; the third volume is for storing large media content like Shadowplay screencapture and movies. With this configuration, the system is able to do sustained write jobs of nearly 1GB/s with tens or hundreds of gigabytes of data per job.
The photos don't yet reflect the G.Skill Flare X memory, as it hadn't be delivered yet. I instead used some Klevv Cras DDR4-3000 XMP memory from another desktop to help me get this guy booted up. The new memory is installed, and I'll update the photos as I have time.
Parts recycled from Echelon4 and other machines: MSi Geforce GTX 1070 Gaming X, (6x) WD5000HHTZ VelociRaptor 500GB, TP-Link Archer T8E PCIe WLAN adapter, Dell U3415W 34" Ultrawide display, Cooler Master CK530 keyboard, SteelSeries Rival 310 mouse, SteelSeries Siberia 800 headset
Parts from product review samples: Corsair H60 120mm liquid cooler, Corsair Carbide 678C ATX chassis, Thermaltake TR2 RX850W power supply
Thanks for looking!
Edit The G.Skill Flare X DDR4-3200 2x8GB kit is installed and running at full speed. No noticeable improvements during gaming, but I'm sure synthetic benchmarks might show a slight gain.
The power supply has been replaced with a Corsair RM650 (2019 model).