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Here we go again! I don't know what to say except I finally built my dream PC! The Ryzen 9 3900X was the perfect choice for my PC as I not only game on it, but I also do video/photo editing, stream, and use virtual machines (hence the 64GB of RAM). Going into this build, I wanted it to be ASUS ROG themed with RGB everywhere. In addition to that, I also made it space themed as I absolutely love this wallpaper I have. One of my favorite things about this PC is that all my RGB can be tied under two programs, ASUS Aura (Armoury Crate) and Project Aurora (using Logitech G Hub and SteelSeries Engine to connect to the program). Overall, I am quite satisfied with this build and how everything just works.

Of course, with all good builds, a few snags happened during the process. The first issue was stock as I originally wanted to go with the Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi and the RTX 2080 Ti Matrix, but both were out of stock. I decided on the Crosshair VIII Formula and Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC instead. The next hiccup happened in the form of Amazon sending me the 1TB 860 QVO instead of the 4TB 860 QVO, which was quickly resolved due to their great return policy. With both issues resolved, I was finally able to complete the build and I am thoroughly impressed.

Part Reviews

CPU

Beast of a CPU. Handles everything I throw at it (gaming, video editing, streaming, virtual machines) with flying colors. Thanks to AMD for bringing 12c/24t CPUs to consumers.

CPU Cooler

Beautiful cooler. Syncs up with ASUS Aura and has a nice little screen on it. The Noctua fans are a nice bonus and overall it's a nice package. Expensive, but really nice.

Motherboard

I'm going to go ahead and say this, buy the Crosshair VIII Hero (WiFi) instead of this. This motherboard is pointless but I love it. The LiveDash display on top of the I/O is nice to have for quickly checking CPU temperatures. RGB is really nice on this board and all my other components synchronize with it nicely using the Armoury Crate program.

Memory

Bought two of these kits for 64GB total. 32GB of DDR4-3200 CL14 Samsung B-Die goodness. Works great for my Ryzen 9 3900X system. The RGB is really nice to look at as well.

Storage

Blazing fast storage. Over 4400 MB/s read and write is truly amazing. Expensive as hell but Sabrent makes quality SSDs. I normally stick to Samsung but I would go with a Sabrent drive in the future.

Storage

4TB of fast SSD storage. Great for all of my games and virtual machines. I use an NVMe SSD for boot, but I really would only recommend the 860 QVO as a storage/games SSD due to the use of QLC NAND flash.

Storage

4TB of HDD storage. Definitely not the fastest drive on the market but gets the job done for backups. Not quite WD quality but more reliable than Seagate from my experience.

Video Card

One of the best air cooled 2080 Ti cards on the market. Looks beautiful, runs a +1000 memory clock like a champ, and stays at or below 70°C at all times. Frame rates are insane on my 1440p 144Hz monitor.

Case

Breathtaking. This case has two front 200mm ARGB fans to keep the system cool, tempered glass everywhere, and loads of customization. The back side has panels that hide your cabling so you don't even need to use zip ties if you don't want to. Front I/O is quite generous as well with 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port along with the typical headphone and microphone jacks.

Power Supply

Quality unit. Based off the Seasonic PRIME Ultra Platinum series, this unit does not disappoint. The OLED displaying power draw is a nice bonus and I feel more manufacturers should consider doing this. RGB is also a nice touch as well.

Monitor

1440p 144Hz? Check. 1ms GtG response time? Check. Excellent colors and viewing angles? Check. RGB? Check. This monitor met my all my criteria and has impressed me. I love being able to customize the RGB through SteelSeries software (hoping for Aurora integration soon to sync with all my other RGB peripherals) and it's just an overall nice package. Bought two of them.

Keyboard

This keyboard is an interesting one. It offers a traditional keycap layout (so I can easily put custom keycaps on) and offers RGB through Aura/Armoury Crate. What disappoints me is that despite having an ASUS motherboard and an ASUS keyboard, I cannot access my BIOS with this keyboard. Beautiful board however.

Mouse

I may be a bit biased here, but the G502 is the best damn mouse I have ever used. I have owned the Proteus Core, the Proteus Spectrum, and now the Lightspeed. This mouse not only fits my big meaty claws, but it's also the first gaming mouse I have owned that hasn't broke within a year. When I saw the G502 was going to get wireless, I was instantly sold.

Headphones

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how a gaming headset should be made. Take an already existing good platform (Takstar Pro82s), attach a microphone to them, and make a few other minor tweaks and you have one of the best gaming headsets/closed back headphones for under $100. Extremely comfortable as well. Purchased per recommendation from Z Reviews.

Speakers

They're speakers with RGB lights, of course I would buy them. They sound great and are great for waking the neighbors up.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

This is absolutely an amazing build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I'm currently building mine with very similar parts.

How does the ryujin 360 cool the 3900x? I've read that the orientation of the pump might be important for cooling properly. Some people with other AIOs reported that they had to rotate the pump a quarter turn to cool properly.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't seen temps above 72°C. You definitely need to adjust the fan curve in AI Suite as it's quite loud by default. I'm using PBO + AutoOC with a +200 MHz offset along with a standard installation of the AIO.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Sabrent M.2 SSD performance so far? is it recommended compared to Western Digital/ADATA ? and have you got experience with Sabrent SSD in the past ?

Thanks,

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I get around 4400 MB/s read and 4000 MB/s write in CrystalDiskMark with this SSD. It’s among the top SSDs currently on the market. While this is my first Sabrent, I have recommended their drives in the past with no issues whatsoever. Right now ADATA and Western Digital don’t have PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the market so I can’t really compare this to them.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build! I know I'm a little late to the party, but this is still amazing!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! This will probably be the last time I can go crazy and splurge on a build like this, so I took advantage of that opportunity.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ok

you're welcome

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Mobo looking like a mirror lol Overall amazing build. How'd you get this much money lol i'm struggling to buy $100 Corsair rgb pro ram lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Long story short, came into some money from a passed away family member and decided to spend it all on a new setup.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) what is your pch(chipset temp) ? My temp idle 60c

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Could not manage to locate this value but I can assure you I have had no issues with chipset overheating.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

HWInfo64 should give this value.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to point out from your review on the Crosshair VIII Formula: That board is meant for custom loops. If you are going with an AIO, the Hero model is superior not only because of its price, but because the VRMs get proper cooling with air, compared to the Formula's waterblock.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have went with the Hero, but it was out of stock at the time so I had to get the Formula. Since I wanted to stick with an all ASUS/Aura Sync controls build my options were limited at the time.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

dude he means you're getting no VRM cooling theyre probably getting hot

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of power draw do you get on the oled display when you stress test your pc? I have a similar setup and was wondering if i should get the thor 850 or 1200. Also does the psu get hot since the fan is at the top drawing air down and you have the shroud on? Ps great build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I get around 500W of power drawn. PSU doesn't seem to get too hot from what I can tell though.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great thanks for looking into that for me and for the reply!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Which version of the asus thor would you recommend in terms of aesthetic looks when paired with h500m case? 850 or 1200 w? I know 1200w version is a bit bigger. Thanks in advance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend the 850W unless you can take advantage of the headroom offered by the 1200W unit (i.e. dual GPU setup or HEDT processors). Personally, the 850W Thor looks great in the H500M as-is.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, yeah, I think I'll go with the 850w version.