This desktop will be used primarily for photo and video editing. My previous computer was bought off the shelf approximately eight years ago and upgraded over the years. However, it was starting to show its age (numerous little problems). I had been thinking about building my own computer for some time and this presented the perfect opportunity. I may have gone a little overboard (as I do not do much gaming) but I wanted to build an extremely fast pc with lots of storage and one that you couldn't just pick up off the shelf. Again, it might be overkill, but I chose the Ryzen 9 because it is fast and can handle anything thrown its way. I have a 1 TB Samsung M.2 NVME SSD for my operating system and any programs, games, etc and a 4 TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for storage. Finally, I added a 500 GB Samsung M.2 NVME SSD that I intend to use solely as a working hard drive / scratch disk for Photoshop (i.e. to load photo shoots that I am currently editing). Any photos on the working drive will be moved to the 4 TB drive once editing is complete). I am also considering whether to add an internal 4 TB HDD for on site backup or instead purchase an 8 TB external RAID array.
The build went fairly smooth with one exception. After installing the MB and CPU into the case (including all memory, storage, cpu cooler, etc.), and powering on the computer to confirm it was working, I had this nagging feeling that I had put an extra standoff underneath the motherboard. Not wanting to potentially short out the system if a standoff was in the wrong location, I uninstalled the MB. There was no extra standoff. After reinstalling the MB, the computer would no longer turn on. After spending more than an hour googling and trying various fixes, I realized that prior to uninstalling the MB, I had turned the computer on using the master switch on the PSU (in other words, when I switched the PSU on, the whole computer turned on). However, prior to removing the MB, I turned off the computer via the power button on the top of the case rather than the master switch. After reinstalling the MB, I expected the computer to power on via the PSU master switch but it would not. After wasting more than an hour trying to fix the issue, I pressed the case power button and everything powered up fine. Needless to say, I felt more than a little stupid.
Originally, I had no intention of adding any RGB lighting. However, the tempered glass panel on my case is very dark. I wanted to be able to appreciate the build, so I ended up adding a couple of strips of RGB lights (one strip on the top and one strip down the left side) just to provide a little light inside of the case.
As a side note, the pictures show two 1 TB SSDs (my original plan was to configure those as a single 2 TB drive in a RAID 0 format). Upon reflection, I decided that 2 TBs would not be enough storage long term so I swapped out the two SSDs for a single 4 TB drive (cheaper than buying two 2 TB drives).
All in all, its a pretty simple (i.e. no water cooling, etc.) albeit expensive, build. I haven't used the machine enough to fully review the individual components but I can say that I am very happy with the performance of the computer to date.
Fits well in a micro ATX case. Does a great job cooling the CPU.
Great little mATX case. Really love the tempered glass panel (though it is a bit dark). Case is much quieter than I had anticipated (though I also replaced all the fans that came with the case with Noctua fans which, based solely on my own observations, are much quieter than the Fractal fans that shipped with the case).
No issues and is working as expected.
Quiet and doing a great job cooling the cpu.
A little pricey, but awesome desktop speakers (I got these refurbished in order to keep the cost down). Not too big, still great sound. Bass is perfect for my purposes, but if you like a lot of deep bass, I would recommend adding a small sub.