After successfully building and selling my first pc, I decided to reinvest the funds into a slightly more powerful system. I wanted the theme of the machine to synchronize well. All parts were purchased with aesthetics in mind, though I wanted this machine to handle anything that could be thrown at it.
The LED Wraith Spire that comes with Ryzen 7 was very attractive due to it being capable of handling 95w CPU's, while the 1700 is only 65w. This gave me a little more confidence in overclocking on a stock cooler. It also matches quite well with the motherboard and GPU LED's. The motherboard leaves alot to be desired, but I have not had any direct issue other than being unable to sustain a 3200Mhz clock on the RAM. 3133Mhz works without issue.
I have always been interested in the Vega series graphics cards, and I have had nothing but positive experiences with AsRock products. The blower fan does have quite the exaggerated noise level with a custom fan curve, but with headphones or speakers it is not overbearing. This being said, I will most likely opt out of using blower-style cards in the future. I absolutely love the versatility of the Vega56 card.
I chose the Spec-04 case because of it's mesh front panel, and of course, the red color. The screws that came with the Apevia fans did not fit in the screwholes of the case, and some minor drilling and modification had to be made. The Apevia fans are very good quality, provide plenty of airflow, and add a nice aesthetic flair.
The PSU is probably weaker than recommended for Vega56, but I have not has any power draw issues during any test. If you are looking for a freesync monitor, the Acer is the best value. The Cooler Master Devastator 3 feels a bit mushy, but has very little ghosting. Overall, great value parts.