Build #2, upgrading from 6.5 years of Ivy Bridge. After the pricing of the 2080ti was announced, I went and picked up a Strix 1080ti.. and then accidents happened. And a lot of boxes came to my house. Actually, it took 2 weeks of research and deliberation of parts based on price, performance, and aesthetics. Mostly aesthetics if we're being honest.
Note: $0 price means it's a part I already had.
So first part was the Strix 1080ti, mostly because of brand loyalty. It also has the best RGB for a vertical GPU layout imo of the 1080tis that are still sold. I wanted to try the vertical layout and also RGBs since that wasn't a thing 6.5 years ago.
Going with Asus means buying into Aura Sync, meaning Asus mobos. I think Strix x470 and Crosshair are the only ones with 3-pin addressable RGB headers. Don't need the Crosshair and Strix looks better imo. Initially I planned for a 2600 for the better pricing. But this system will last a few years so might as well. Won't be easy to upgrade later unlike the GPU.
Ryzen 7 and the mobo were bought from Microcenter as a combo. Wanted a non-x chip but they were oos. Stock cooler is going to a friend though, so not a waste of $20 at least. Stuck with 4.0 overclock just as a nice even number. Temperatures are under quiet mode for fan.
I had 3 choices.
A) Go with Samsung B die and pay $$$. Even more so for "AMD tuned" ram.
B) Go with the best price/performance dual kits.. with RGBs of course.
C) Go with two 2x 4gb kits. Limited choices with Asus Aura RGBs.
Went with C, because of OCD/aesthetics - can't have 2 empty slots. Really not the most practical choice at all. Buying 4 sticks of 8gbs would be expensive but I don't need 32gb. I was actually stuck on 8gb since Ivy Bridge cause my mobo didn't like anything that I tried. The Team T-Force 4gb sticks seems ok, plus it comes in white. The RGB is working well and I have them at 2733 atm. Should be 3000. Will try for higher later.. dealing with RAM is the least favorite part of putting together a new pc.
Evolv X is more expensive then my initial budget. But a case with a minimalist design, glass side, vertical gpu mount option, and asus aura sync RGBs is really limited. I think this might have been the only one. The new Rosewill Prism S500 almost fits the bill. Preference aside, this is a really nice case. Don't know why the vertical GPU mount is so close to the glass side, but temps seems ok so far. I was lucky to get an order in randomly at 3am and have it actually ship out soon after. Apparently people with Newegg preorders put in before me are still waiting.. sorry if this applies to you.
Since the case has a cutout to showoff the PSU, I looked for a white PSU which is a very limited selection. The Corsair RMx white worked out though - more expensive then equivalent models but I saved a little bit from not getting extensions/cablemod since it comes with white sleeved cables. I was eyeing the new Asus ROG Thor but it has the fan on the top only.... won't work with the Evolv X PSU shroud. And also stupid expensive.
This part took the longest for me to decide. Initially I was holding out hard for the Asus ROG Ryujin 360 (yes.. I like Asus). It actually came out on Overclockers for me to order as the last part I needed. But it would have cost the same amount as the CPU, and that's just ridiculous. I wanted a 360mm model to fill out the front - so choices are limited. 2nd choice was Deepcool since there was an all white model with no logo- but their warranty suck and lots of posts about leaks. I hope not to use warranty for stuff but it's a good gauge of the quality/confidence that companies are putting into their product.
The best warranties are from Corsair, NZXT, and Fractal Designs. Makes sense since Corsair and NZXT are on top. But their designs would mean a giant logo in the middle of my build. Plus it's not Asus Aura. Still don't want a giant logo even if companies played nice with eachother regarding RGB. Fractal has no logo or lights. Plus the fan hub built into the radiator is nice. I have the stock fans on the front and Corsair ML120 on the other side.
Corsair MLs. 6 white leds 120mm and one 140mm. I choose the white led version even though I have Phanteks Halos on all of them for RGB effect because the Halos work best with white/clear blades. Plus I also wanted the white corner caps to go with the white/black theme. Those 2 preferences means this model was the only choice. Appearance aside, it was between Corsair and Noctua anyways.
7 fans and 7 halos add up cost wise.. thought about doing 2x 140mm on top and shave off one fan/halo. But having 2 on top and 3 in front would have not been good for OCD. It's not a giant jump cost wise and it's better to just spend the extra bit and be happy instead of be unhappy about it later.
That should just about cover the major components. So far so good with the system. Aura Sync isn't the best implementation of RGB control, but it works when it works.
In case anyone is detailed enough to see that my mouse is Roccat, that is because a thumb scroll is a must have over Asus' mouses with Aura Sync. I bought 4 madcat mouses because they have thumb scrolls.. but as I was saying about warranty.. a poor one probably means a poor product.