Don't watch the show, but love the build and creativity! Keep up the good work!
How to make LEDs actually look nice; exhibit A right here. Nicely done and clean.
Watched the video. Clean build! The Pulse and Nitro cards look so good with those backplates.
Can't go wrong with saving a few bucks, nice build! Been searching for more builds with your case. Think I'm sold on it and gonna use one for the next rig.
What's holding your headset? Looks cool.
How well does that 2200g carry itself as a standalone processor once you added the 970? I'd imagine you wouldn't see many bottlenecks unless you paired it with a $300+ card or pushed some settings @1440p or above? Can't fault you for going down that route when the prices were inflated, though. My brother considered doing the same with a 2400g.
Nice build! If you're looking for suggestions, I'd definitely recommend you replace your motherboard as you plan and upgrade to a better kit of memory. A strong board and better (faster) RAM will give you a nice base to continue using this rig for years to come if you plan on upgrading at any point. The nice thing about AMD is that the AM4 platform will be here for a while; invest in a good board and you'll be able to freely upgrade to a better video card and processor if you ever desire to.
Here are the two motherboards I'd recommend:
Can find them for about $110 to $140 on Newegg and Amazon. Truth be told, I've never been a fan of MSI, but there's no denying they've hit the ball out of the park with their AM4 boards. I cannot confidently suggest another manufacturer over one of these, but I also don't know your budget so that'll be your call to make. Asus and Asrock have a few more budget options that are acceptable, though. Just avoid Gigabyte for now. I'm speaking from experience as they were once my go-to motherboard manufacturer.
Lastly, for RAM, I'd start with 8gb (2x4) and then add another 2 sticks at a later date to upgrade to 16gb. Aim for something about 2666mhz or higher. Of course, most 2400/2666 kits can clock @ 2800/3000/3200 with minimal effort if they're decent quality. G.Skill, Corsair, TeamGroup, Crucial, and HyperX (Kingston) all make solid kits.
Hope some of this helps! Enjoy your new build.
Right, but I got the 1tb Crucial for 125 bucks whereas the 1tb model of the Samsung (NVMe) 970 is sitting at $227 right now on Newegg. In the lower capacities the price difference may not be as dramatic, but I can't justify spending an extra $75 to $100 on drive speeds when I want at least 800gb of storage. I find that SATA speeds are more than fast enough for me; I'm just a basic user that likes to game occasionally. I'm already satisfied with load times, application launches, and boot startups anyway.
Good on you, this is really generous. Don't see much of this nowadays because people can't be trusted. I'm sure the winner will appreciate this!
Love that case!
Normally not a fan of lights and excessive RGB puke everywhere, but the white builds always look great. Should have took these pics with some snow in the background haha. Nice build!
Clean and professional looking. I dig it.
Nice build, and cool to see people spend some time sharing benchmarks in here as well. Those Chromax covers from Noctua look awesome.
Yessir! Let's Go Preds!
Fully RGB, although the sliders to change the colors were a bit gimmicky in MSI's Mystic Light software - whIch is what you use to change it or it'll default to red. It didn't seem to like the color orange for some reason so I had to change the individual values until one looked right. No big deal. Have fun with your build and good choice if you plan to use this motherboard as well.
Very clean looking loop. Nice work! I've seen one of these cases in person before and the layout was unusual. I'd imagine you put a decent amount of time into making this thing turn out as well as it did.
I like to pretend it looks like a hood scoop on an old '70s Muscle haha. Appreciate the comment, buddy.