So I needed a new build for myself, and built this from scratch. It's not related to my other build, the Black Rose.
But what an experience waiting for parts have been, and I shall share you my personal opinions on a select couple of parts I have purchased.
-- Edit [7/15/19]
Added a 860 Evo as a secondary drive now, and purchased two more Chromax 140mm fans for intake in my push/pull setup in the front of my case.
-- Edit [9/28/19]
Not much has changed overall, but it performs pretty great in every title out there. The processor remains cool, and clocks appropriately to usage now with the new ABBA updates AMD pushed out. Don't see anything past 60C for CPU temps, and GPU temps are a steady mid 60C under load.
ASUS Aura Sync now supports the Corsair Platinum RGB modules, so you can now sync those with the Aura software that is included with the motherboard, or from the online support site.
RAMCaching is something that I never thought would improve general system performance, but it does. I dedicated 6GB RAM for that process. Helps speed up my SSDs and increase the endurance even more.
Upgraded the 8822BE Realtek WiFi-AC chip to the Intel AX200 with WiFi 6 capabilities, and it's much more reliable and works with the motherboard.
Great processor! Snagged it on launch day and it performs quite amazing in gaming / productivity workloads. It's perfect for those who need an all-rounder processor for a good price and low TDP of 65W.
It's a good AIO to have, functions as a regular AIO, and bonus twin Noctua iPPC-3000 fans for pushing or pulling air. The software itself is somewhat lackluster, and is quite buggy at times, and makes it an awkwardly compelling purchase in the upper $160 range.
Good board to have for both Ryzen 2000 / 3000 processors, and packs some great features for the price it is set at. You will need a BIOS update to make it compatible for 3000 series processors, but don't let that stop you from getting into SFF builds. It could also pack more fan connectors as well, but you shouldn't expect much from a small enough board as well.
A showpiece in my build, it's bright, pretty, and also cools itself well under load. The RGB lights on the RAM are mesmerizing to look at, has great support from Corsair's iCUE software, and is also compatible with Asus Aura!
Excellent drive for those who need lots of storage, and also enjoy the high speeds of a SATA SSD. Another perk is the 2,400 TBW, which makes it a great choice for long-term usage as well.
Super fast drive the size of a tiny bubblegum stick. I can't argue with something that small, and still manages to load things with ease. Samsung provides a helpful software to manage your drive and check on the current status of it, and also optimize the performance further, which makes it a great drive for anything!
A sleek looking card that comes with a nice soft, muted RGB glow on the side. It packs a moderately sized heatsink, and dual-fans that makes it a great option for those pushing for a great card for SFF PCs, and possibly for those interested in utilizing the NVLink that is also present on this card for less. EVGA also provides Precision X1, which is a utility to help you monitor your GPU status, set and change RGB lighting, and other various things to help you get the most out of it.
Quite a tough case to work in, but it is spacious as it is wide. It can easily fit in a 240mm radiator with push / pull if you're willing to spend more time cabling, but aside from that, it is a pretty case to look at.
Great power supply for those who are interested in overclocking, and also maintain the benefits of having 80+ Titanium and also the 10 year warranty. It comes with a large pouched bag to hold all the cables you'll need for your build, and some complimentary magnetic stickers to personalize the side of your unit.
Eh, it's Windows 10 Pro, good enough for power users that need the extra features that come with it, and isn't too expensive for most people as well.
Pushes air in or out effectively. The rubber mounting corners help keep the noise levels down, and the 4-pin PWM cable is long enough to allow you to keep your build looking tidy, and also enjoy great airflow performance that is expected from Noctua.
It's a good monitor for any user seeking for a multipurpose monitor. It comes with a VA panel that has great color contrast, and also enjoys 144Hz and also FreeSync 2. The stand itself is somewhat bulky, and may take up desk space, but there is an included VESA mount that will make life easier. You also get plenty of cables and option to use the monitor as a USB hub for other devices, such as keyboard or mouse.
This is a good option for people who enjoy having a wireless mouse, and also being able to adjust the weights on it as well. It enjoys having the ability to be personalized in many ways through SteelSeries Engine 3, but keep in mind the RGB if you're always running wireless.
It's a nice addition for anyone who wants to enjoy audiophile-grade headphones and listening experience, and also want to chat with friends. When not in use, all you do is just detach it and you don't need to do much else from there.