God from the Machine. This is by no means the most powerful computer ever built, nor is it the most powerful computer I've ever built. That said, in my mind its absolutely perfect. The budget was open, I had no maximum price point, decisions were based solely on what I wanted. I've been building computers for about 10 years, my portfolio includes about 30 odd computers and at least that many 2U/4U server configs. This is my first personal build.
Some quick notes about decision making. This build's primary function is gaming. I can hear everyone's key clicks from here. "Why would you use Ryzen for gaming?" Three main reasons, firstly because I appreciate competition and AMD came out in a big way this year, second because 8 cores is awesome, it just is, and thirdly because I've been meaning to move over to a heavily multi-threaded workflow for my projects and I'm virtualizing more and more of my projects. Oh, and also 8 cores is super cool. The whole RGB fiasco started when I got a deal on the TridentZ ram, at that point I moved to a Strix MOBO and the cooler. The plan was to add a Vega 64 to the system but it was sold out before I woke up on launch day. I saw that the Lightning was released and thought it worked perfectly with my system style. The case was simply awesome, pretty different from anything else on the market and can easily double as a test bench sometime in the future.
Not much to say, it's a beast. I chose this hands down over not only the i7-7700k but also the R7-1700x. Lower TDP and reasonably easy cooling, not to mention bang for your buck. The 8 core makes me happy and preforms incredibly well, I'm slowly moving my workload to favor cores and I'm loving that game devs are moving that way as well. Very happy.
Solid cooler, loved the black and the white versions before it. Expensive, especially at $130 but very pretty, personally I think it looks better than the NZXT Kraken x62 and TT Water 3.0 for a lower price but comparable performance. The glass tube is a bit scary and they've been known to leak but which AIO hasn't?
Stunning board, got it on sale and its far better than the MSI Pro Carbon IMHO, got all the fancy stuff you expect from a high end board. My only nitpick is lack wifi but honestly adding good wifi would blow up the price and adding bad wifi would be unfortunate. The board is clean, easy to overclock with, has great brushed aluminum heat sinks and a nice RGB I/O shroud. I did have 2 DOA boards, but likely just luck of the draw.
The ram to have right now, was able to snipe it for $137 new from Newegg. Nothing much to say, it's ram with some pretty colors. Good integration with current RGB management software, works almost flawlessly with AURA.
Damn fast, honestly if you aren't happy with these speeds, I'd love to see your work flow. Super fast, small, doesn't get hot, says Samsung, Black PCB.
Fast for 2 years ago, still pretty quick now. It's a 1tb ssd, it's awesome.
Eco friendly, a little slow, but RAID0 makes it fast enough.
Jeez, this thing is awesome. Pretty pricey, but binned and with a super solid air cooler. This thing was made to overclock. Didn't buy the Z version, couldn't find it, but was able to overclock it to 2000Mhz+, brought it back down because at that speed it was completly overkill for anything I play/use. The matte RGB is great with the TridentZ RGB
Awesome case, easy to build in, the "Snow Edition" is great for any white build. My system is quite, but I'm sure the acoustics could be an issue.
The gold is awesome for piece of mind and the environment, I'm a fan of the One Watt compliance and the RGB goes with the rest of my build. Interestingly if you want fully modular and gold rating and you are ok with RGB, this is the way to go, $10 bucks cheaper than other options when I bought.
Good fan at a high price. It's no Noctua but it does have RGB LEDs, great static pressure means it's perfect for radiators.
This mouse is pretty awesome, RGB is well implemented, the clicks are good, the mouse is light but not cheap feeling, my only dig is the texture on the thumb rest is not my favorite. Don't get me wrong, put it up against a MX Master in anything except games, it will lose out. That said this thing IS a proper gaming mouse. Software control for lighting/macros/remapping/dpi, basically anything you could want to change about your config. Very impressed punches way above it's price tag.
I wanted a mechanical keyboard with RGB (to go with the rest of the build). Not only that, but I wanted 16.7 million colors, software control, and a floating keycap/aluminum design. This left me with two possible options: The Corsair series and this. The deal breaker came down to the mouse. I'm not a fan of the Corsair mouses, they don't look good to me. Ont the other hand the Zeus P1 looked nice, had up to 12,000dpi and used the same software. In the end despite not being name brand and not having cherries, I'm much happier with this keyboard. Quality build, double injection keycaps, and well made, if still slightly buggy software. Honestly the software is better than AURA or Mystic light.
A cool little add in board. Allows you to use any old laptop WiFi card to your system. Comes with beefy antennas and support for Bluetooth. Easy enough to install and a black PCB.