This build came about as the result of a pretty bad electrical storm that hit my house a few months ago. I thought I was all good, had a nice surge protector, everything was great. Unfortunately for me the lightning decided it wanted to come in on the Ethernet line. YIKES!
So as you can see I pretty much had to replace anything that was connected to my computer when it was hit. That means I needed to include all the peripherals and still try to stay under budget. I really wanted to get as much bang for my buck as possible so you'll see I made some sacrifices cough (B450) cough, but overall I'm pretty pleased with what I got. My budget was around $2250 and I feel like I stretched it as far as it could go.
I don't do a lot of high end AAA gaming but I wanted to be sure it would be able to handle anything I threw at it. Also I'm starting to get into music production and I read that Reaper is optimized to fully utilize all the threads available on the beefy 3900X (spoiler alert, it does). I always wanted to be able to mess around with video and photo editing later down the line. So far it's handled everything I've thrown at it like a champ. There were a few bumps to get it going though.
First issue I ran into was a bios update. I knew going into the build that I would need one, but I was able to post without updating. Unfortunately, on my first attempt to update to the latest bios I crashed, corrupted the bios, and was no longer able to post. Thankfully I was able to recover using the bios flashback button and my second attempt at updating was successful. Then came the crashes during windows installation. It took me a full day of research to figure out that the reason I was crashing was because Windows didn't recognize the wireless adapter built onto the board. Once it was disabled from the bios I was able to install Windows. Updated all the drivers and viola! No more Windows crashes. Then came the temperatures. This thing pegged the meter straight out of the box. I checked my coolers contact, but found it was seated fine, no issues. Downloaded Ryzen Master and changed my settings to one of the presets (creator) and all my temperature problems were over.
So, I hope you learned something today, I know I learned a lot while building this beauty!
Monster of a Chip. It does serious work.
I wanted to go with Air Cooling because I don't do a lot of overclocking and also, I mean come on, it's Noctua.
Great board, had some issues with the bios at first. Needed to turn off the onboard WiFi before Windows would install, etc. Overall I needed to cut $$$ somewhere so I could get the parts I wanted, this ended up being the sacrifice. I'll probably upgrade to an X570 in the future.
Ryzen likes fast RAM, it was honestly the best bang for buck I could find at the 3600+ speeds. The lights are nice I guess, I'm not an RGB guy
Super fast and budget friendly, what more could you want?
So far so good with this one. Everyone seems to be talking about how hot the 5700 xt runs but I'm not having any issues with temps.
Awesome case, great looks and even better airflow! Seriously no complaints.
Sub-$100 for a fully modular 850w 80+ Bronze? Why not
Noctua, but also looks good. Moves a TON of air, very quietly.
Great looks and function! Went with two 14's on the front of my case instead of 3 12's. Saved a few bucks
Seriously good looking monitor for the money. 1440p, 144 hz.
For the money you really can't beat these. Huge sound! Every review I read said to replace the ear cups because the ones that come with it are trash. I went ahead and ordered some replacements and I'm glad I did.
Great introduction to XLR mic's. quality is fantastic, price isn't bad.
Functional but not the best looking thing in the world....
These feel great and don't cost a fortune
Not a bad introductory USB interface. Does what I need it to do.
So much better looking than a bare heatsink , in my opinion at least
Gotta have the sleeved cables.