This is not my first build, but it is my first build worth posting. I built a very minimal gaming pc to get into the scene a couple years ago and loved it, but it just didn't do what i wanted it to. So i started researching a more "enthusiastic" rig I could save towards. I was deadset on an intel platform until last year when I saw talk about AMDs Ryzen processor. I'm a huge mulit-tasker, but intels cheapest 6-core was around $400 at the time. Once I saw what the Ryzen chips were capable of I decided that was it. I also love streaming games so it was a no brainer to go with Ryzen.
Once I saw the Asrock Taichi motherboard back in March I knew I wanted a White/Black build.(Original I know) Fell in the love with the looks and features it had. Was overly excited to buy it as it would be the first purchase in the build. Quickly found out how rare getting one was. So I moped around until mid April and all of a sudden they're available again. However, the process started with getting the Ryzen 1700X for on sale $320. It was all downhill from there. Originally planned on the 1700, but since this was the same price even after shipping I had to get it. Higher base clock speed for easier OC, although it doesn't come with a stock cooler. Then came deciding on the right case. Obviously had to be white/black and I was almost ready to order the NZXT S340 Elite, but had to go with the H440. Little bit bigger and I liked the smaller window better.
The cooler is definitely more than I need as well as the fans I added. Was very close to getting the RBG models as well as the RBG memory, but all that RBG would have thrown off the Zen!
All prices are AFTER shipping and taxes. Got some decent deals on most parts so I was happy with that. I probably went a little overboard with the storage but it was one thing I just didn't want to have to worry about for a while and I don't think I will. I know "future proofing" really isn't what it sounds like, but I'd like to think I got most of the parts to last down the road and just make upgrades as needed.
I'm a huge fan of Logitech peripherals(if you cant tell) and all of these I already had from a previous build. I definitely absolutely did not NEED to upgrade to a high end PC like this. This is the result of some things going very well financially in my life so I splurged. Very happy with this and happy to be using this for years to come.
I have never owned an enthusiast or high end Graphics card and I thought Vega would be my first. Seeing how AMD handled the gaming editions I was less than thrilled and was not ready to wait another 2-3 months for something that MIGHT be good enough. So I bit the bullet and got the EVGA 1080ti FTW3 and a nice Gsync monitor. Only a bit more expensive than some of the Freesync ones but totally worth it. Might even get a 4K monitor next year if they go down in price. For now 27" 1440p at 144hz will be more than enough for all my gaming needs.
MONITOR: Already had the 24" 144hz 1080p from a previous build. I know its Freesync and it won't help, but it was the same price without Freesync and my 27" 144hz 1440p Gsync that is listed will be coming in Tuesday.
Will update with more pics and benchmarks soon!
Runs like a dream. 8 Cores and can overclock very easily. Got it to run fine at 3.9ghz may go higher later on.
Overkill, but fantastic. Temps don't go above 40-50 under load.
Bios is friendly and easy to use once you understand it.
Memory OC to 3200mhz on Asrock AM4 Taichi Mobo with OC profile 1 booted no problem.
Monster of a card, runs everything I throw at it maxed out no problems. Will be running benchmarks soon. Sort of inexperienced with that stuff.
Overall very well made, but the backside panel is tough to get on if you don't work on your cable management.