It's been five years since my first build; an FX-8350/R9 270 machine that got the job done. I loved the process, but the machine wasn't pretty. It let me do my work and my photography business has grown and now, this year, I was in the position to make the leap to some new tech and I'm pretty proud of it.
I had followed the hype of third-gen Ryzen and I was on board on launch day. I put my order in for the 3700x at 7am on 7/7 and that was it, I was building my second PC. My CPU got in and I ordered the rest of the parts over the next couple weeks. I know it's not perfect - Ideally, I should have a much beefier cooler, but I actually really dig the low profile (and RGB of course) Prism cooler. So, for now, I'm sticking with it until I think my workflow suffers for it, but so far so good. The actual build went well and quickly, so I didn't bother taking any in-process photos like I did on my previous completed build here. Behind the motherboard is where my 120gb and 500gb SSDs are sitting and the cables back there were actually pretty easy to keep clean in this case. NZXT seems to be pretty thoughtful about where they placed their grommets and cut-outs because I had no issues getting cables where I needed them.
Now, I don't do much gaming on PC, but the 1660 TI , but I did some benchmarking. I'm able to max out everything I've tried so far at 1080p. Sleeping Dogs D.E. held strong at 60fps, Civ 6 over 100fps, and I'll be trying others as the days go by.
But like I said earlier, I'm a professional photographer, so I built this more for work, than for games because the last PC game I played was The Witcher 3 (and I do plan on replaying again with this build). The 3700x and 32gb of memory, and with help from the M.2 drive, I'm seeing real world improvements in speed regarding my workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop and that was the real point of this whole rig.
My workflow involves importing to the 1tb M.2 drive and working off that, followed by archiving the work to the internal 4tb drive. The external 4tb is backing up the internal 4tb. The 500gb is for games and other random programs that could benefit from the speed.
I'm really happy with how clean the build. Very few cables run across the board and I could have done an even better job if I spent some more time on it, but I couldn't afford too much downtime until the next editing job had to begin. The RGB components are nice. I really didn't need to buy Trident Z ram, but, let's face it. It's nice. It's just unfortunate that I had to use CAM for the case lights, Asus Aura for the memory, MSI Mystic Light for the CPU cooler and GPU lights, and finally ICUE for the Keyboard. Not a fan of how fractured the lighting control had to be, but it is what it is (if someone has recommendations on that, I'd love to hear it).
Let me know what you guys think. I love this community and felt good about sharing this new build so I hope you guys like it too.