[edit 1/6/18] * Forgot to mention this was my first build & very much appreciate everyone's comments/suggestions! * Did some digging and found that the ASUS Aura software was causing the crashes where the monitor stopped receiving input and the computer became non-responsive. Removed that software and now everything works fine. * Also, switched from HDMI to Displayport and haven't had any GPU issues since.*
The goal was to create a future-proof home PC for productivity and decent 4k gaming with a max budget of 2k (and also make it look nice). I went for a white/black scheme because I dig that aesthetic, although I found I really like the RBG look of the RAM/cooler/fans in person as well. I don't have a lot of new games/AAA titles so I can't say that I have pushed the GPU very hard, but I have gotten a solid 30-60fps out of most of my games (lots of RTSes) at max settings, which I'm happy with. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the result, although there are a couple of things I wish I had done differently (upgraded SSD to NVMe), and some things that I may do in the future (better cooling for CPU and maybe even GPU).
Very impressed with this processor and for the most part the stock cooler as well. The cooler can get a little loud under heavy loads, but with the speakers up or headphones on, it doesn't really distract from gaming or work much.
Mostly got this for the white/black aesthetics and it looks even better in person. It does what it's supposed to do. Haven't done any manual OCing yet.
10/10 would buy again. Looks incredible in person. Usually on sale at Newegg, especially around holidays.
2 words: Value and dependability. Still blazing fast for most tasks in 2019, although may be eclipsed in a few years by programs that demand NVMe speeds.
Good value and works.
IMO best value if you're looking to futureproof. Got this mainly for white/black aesthetics, but have been very impressed with performance as well. @4k can do 60fps for most of my less graphics-demanding RTSes, but averages only 31fps running Dark Souls 3.
Fantastic case. From what I can tell this is the defacto standard for white/black builds in 2018/2019.
Wattage was overkill for current setup, but got a good price on it and plan to use it for years to come. PC is right in the peak of the efficiency curve (around 1/2-2/3 max power) for most workloads.
Got these at best buy because they were on sale, but didn't realize they were high static pressure till I had already bought them. They work fine as case fans but are probably better suited for radiators. They look great, but there is no way to control RGB via software.
Fantastic monitor for the price I paid during black Friday. Color are vibrant enough for my dark room and 60 FPS is plenty for my RTX 2070.
Keyboard I've had for a couple of years. Looks pretty good with the white/black theme.
Got a good deal from Best Buy (I think). Excellent mouse for 4k.
Cheaper than most cable extenders but doesn't have as many cables as others do. Had just the ones I needed + combs.