Hi Gents and Ladies, yes we build things too ^_^. It's been quite an adventure building my first PC.
Purpose of PC Build (Magical Performance) Design, editing, and also gaming with plenty of storage and RGB (32GB RAM and can handle 1440p 60+FPS gaming).
"The Pledge, The Turn, The Prestige"
The Pledge: First, my main design and editing computer (Windows OS with an Intel processor) is on its last cache. It was constantly operating at 100% CPU memory, really loud, really hot, and could only have 1 application running somewhat smoothly. I decided to buy a laptop (Mac OS with an Intel processor) for the portability as well as a boost on CPU and RAM, but appears that for some of the programs I was running, I needed even more RAM. So I thought how could I customize my computer so I can put however much RAM I wanted but on a budget (iMacs were tagged at $4-5K). Was fascinated with people's custom desktop PC builds, and as amazing as a completely custom water loop is, (I've dealt with a range of machines with water cooling / water systems), I preferred to keep it as minimal maintenance/maintenance free as possible. I like custom lights, for mood lightning, aesthetics, and LAN parties (jk) so had to go with an RGB build.
The Turn: So I needed her fast with at least 32GB RAM memory, great cooling, not so loud, can handle 1440p gaming, a lot of storage, and RGB... [The Processor] (I've always been an Intel processor user)...new Ryzen CPU was boasting equivalent or better performance with a competitive price, but is it as good as they say? Got the 1700X on sale. [The Memory] Trident Z RAM sticks looked amazing, DDR4 and (3200MHz CL14) were compatible with the AMD MOBO (doubled checked AMD's PDF list at the time). [The Motherboard] Asus STRIX X370-F is AM4 compatible, 4 DIMM slots, plenty of ports and PCIe lanes, RGB ready. [The Cooling] AIO's are on the rise and plenty of companies are making them; I had my eye on the NZXT Kraken X62, but there were too many sites showing sub 4 star reviews. I've been burned before with buying some products at ~3/5 star rating, so I couldn't pull the trigger on the Kraken (but it looks soo COOL! : / ). I know I wanted reduced noise and some kind of RGB option (and flexible tubing), so also looked into the EVGA AIO's. Initially was thinking of the Corsair RGB fans (but I read compatibility issues); fortunately, I found the NZXT's white LED fans on sale. [The Graphics Card] Looked at benchmarks and video games comparing FPS running on 1050 to 1080Ti; a GTX 1070 was the sweetspot; complete the RGB with the ASUS STRIX GTX 1070 OC. [The Case] The Phanteks Eclipse P400, I heard it was easy to work in, it has the tempered glass, psu shroud, cable management and built in RGB controller with LED strips. [The Storage] My first time installing an M.2 SSD (was afraid it would break LOL). Of course I had to go with the super reliable Samsung 960 PRO and the 850 EVO SSDs. [The Power Supply] Needed a reliable unit that can pump power to all these components; plenty of great reviews on the SuperNOVA G2, and according to watt calcs, 750W or 850W should do; when the 750 went on sale, jumped on it. [The Cables] Awesome looking paracord sleeved extensions from Ensourced.net. It took several weeks to get parts in and then build the PC...
The Prestige: ...“Abracadabra..aura aura magique!” LOL! ..meet the magical, beautiful Aura! an 8-Core 3.4 GHz, 32GB RAM, 2TB, RGB beauty ^_^ great for gaming and editing. I've edited FULL HD videos already with it.
- CPU Idle Temp: ~30C
- CPU Under Load: ~52C
- CPU Voltage: ~1.40V
- CPU Clock Rate: 3.4GHz
- GPU Idle Temp: ~34C
- GPU Under Load: ~64C
- GPU Core Clock Rate: 1949MHz
- GPU Memory Clock (Actual): 4006MHz
Cinebench R15 Score: 1492 Average(n=3) Good
Geekbench 4 Score: 20207 Average(n=3) Good
Currently doing overclocking testing to see what my Max CC and Max MC are-checking if I could boost it any further (Stable OC Plus). But for now, the above results are based on Stock settings (CPU (1700x) and GPU(1070OC) already Factory Overclocked).
Was super excited for my first PC build, had to make sure I record it. A lot of research, patience, and determination ^_^ she was totally worth it! Any questions, comments or concerns would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think. Thanks for checking it out and have an awesome magical day!