Conceived with gaming and artistic productivity in mind (and an eye on VR), this was the first PC I ever had the opportunity to construct from scratch, having previously owned three pre-built systems. The basic design passed through numerous iterations going as far back as the inauguration of the X99 platform and 5820k CPU, but as saving time passed the final overall spec settled on what I feel is a good balance between price and performance, in spite of silly memory prices. They were thankfully offset by Amazon offering the Ryzen 1600 at a ridiculously silly price of £136 (nothing to do with Black Friday either, it seems). Seizing that offer may have been fate as that fired off the purchase of the whole build, and consequently I escaped the wrath of those accelerating GPU prices people are suffering with (my heart goes out to any of you out there who are currently stuck).
For a while I've been running the machine at stock speeds (3.2Ghz) but decided to have a bit of a play. Since I'm (only) using the stock cooler I didn't want to push it too hard. I did achieve an overclock of 3.9Ghz with some voltage applied but couldn't quite reach the 4Ghz mark. It was also running a little too warm for my comfort after some stress tests. In the end after a little playtime I found the CPU was capable of hitting 3.8Ghz quite comfortably at (or very close to) stock voltages, and since I was quite happy running at stock speeds then having any OC at all is probably only an enthusiast statement to myself since the CPU is designed with OC'ing in mind. Still if it's happy to fly 3.8Ghz at stock voltages and relatively normal temps during regular use, who am I to argue?
As may be gathered by any fans, the build name references the existential cyberpunk story of Lain Iwakura from the anime "Serial Experiments Lain". I will also take this opportunity to offer a big thank you to all who offered advice and insight along the path.
Update 27/4/18 As of the previous weekend I treated myself to a little upgrade in the keyboard department, swapping my older, standard budget membrane keyboard for a shiny new Corsair K65 LUX Mechanical keyboard (see updated system photo). It was a little over the budget I had initially set for myself (the Corsair K63), but the LUX was down £40 which meant it was only about £20 more.. On balance with the slight upgrade in quality to an aluminium top chassis, RGB, USB throughput and the hassles of chasing the K63 online, it seemed a fair deal!