Quite proud of myself for building this....I'm a 52 year-old mom and high school teacher. I've taught teens how to use computers for 30 years, and it's been a bucket list item of mine to put together my own computer since I spend all of my work day in computer labs. One of the topics that I teach is video editing, which is also a hobby outside of work, so I wanted to put together a computer that could handle 4K video editing. I've researched parts for about seven months, and waited for the Ryzen 3000 series to come out. I made it a goal to build the computer while on summer break.
I named my rig, Mama Bear cause I am a mama bear to a teen boy and teen girl. I ordered the sticker to cover my SSD from RedBubble.com to represent me, and I ordered pink and blue extension cables from Amazon to represent my kids. I wanted a clean white build with accents of pink and light blue to round out the theme.
--I got the Ryzen 3700X processor to be able to handle the video editing.
--I chose the ASRock X570 Steel Legend motherboard because I wanted to go with a new X570 board to accommodate the Ryzen 3000 series chip. Since it was my first experience in building a computer, I didn't want to have to deal with a buggy BIOS update on an X470 or B450 board, figuring that there would be bugs with a newly released processor after reading about peoples' problems with this in Reddit forums. I wanted to stay under $200, which I was able to do using Microcenter's bundle discount. I also wanted white accents on the board to work with the white theme.
--I chose 32GB of DDR4 3200 RAM because I wanted plenty of RAM for video editing. I chose the Corsair Vengeance in white to stick with the theme. I also bought the same RAM in a 16GB set, but I didn't install it because I was afraid that the two different sizes would cause problems. I'll probably sell the unopened package.
--I pulled the Samsung 860 EVO SSD from a dead MacBook pro that I had and reformatted it for Windows. It will be used for long-term storage. I then got two M.2 NVMe drives, the Samsung as the boot drive with the operating system and programs, and the Intel as the scratch disk for video editing.
--Even though the new RTX 2060 super GPUs are out, I chose the Gigabyte 2060 because it is white, so I paid more than I should have for a GPU, and I paid a premium for the white color. But hey, I'm a girl and wanted my computer to look girly!... I don't need anything more than the 2060 for video editing; I'm not a gamer, although my son would like to try PC gaming.
--I liked the clean look and white color choice of the NZXT H500 for the case.
--I got the Seasonic Focus Plus Gold at 750W because it was on a good sale, and I got a rebate as well. I felt 750W would be more than enough for my build based on the wattage PCPartsPicker calculated that I would need.
--Lastly, I got the Corsair fans in white because of the white theme, and I secretly love RGB! :)
Just built my first computer using this processor, and it is worlds faster than anything I've ever used. I'm using it for video editing, and it lets me fly through the timeline.
Just used this in my first PC build, and it was very easy to work with. My computer posted on the first try. Everything on the board was clearly labeled, and the BIOS updated with no problems.
I'd give this 10 stars if that was a choice for the review. It is blazing fast. Programs load in just a few seconds. It blows away my 2.5" SSD on my other computer in terms of loading programs. Highly recommend.