This PC is a Gaming/Workstation beast. Building inside of the 460X was not hard until it got to cable management, which can be tricky because its kind of cramped back there, even with a modular power supply. Even though the Crosshair VI Hero is backwards compatible with AM3 coolers, it does not include a backplate for this conversion. So FYI for those that plan on building with this mobo. I had to remove the plate from my old rig just to get this setup going until corsair ships the bracket for AM4. The Gskill RGB RAM does not play well with this motherboard, as they are 3000 Mhz but wont even clock at the speed supported by the board which is 2666 Mhz, I'm sure optimization will fix it soon. I chose the 460x because I already had a set of 3 HD120 fans for the build, with the hub and controller. The M.2 SSD is fast, very fast. So fast that sometimes the PC wont actually boot up, but it will power up(never giving a signal to the monitor). So, to fix this I had to delay the POST 3 seconds, a little wait during startup, but once its past POST its like lightning. Installing windows clean took at the max, 2 minutes . All in all it was fun, quite easy and I love it so far. (Benchmarks coming soon)
I was skeptical about going for the most expensive Ryzen 7 chip, but I figured why not, if you build it, they will come. This processor is fast! My previous build was an A8 6600k, going from that to this, is a huge step. The speed is amazing, I can do everything I need at once and not a single issue with speed comes up. Paired with an AIO cooler, it never gets that hot. At peak with a load I hit about 60 degrees max.
Couldn't complain about this AIO cooler. It does the job, was very easy to install and mounted right onto the board with the correct backplate.
So far, this board has had some trouble. ASUS was rather quiet about this motherboards backwards compatibility with AM3 coolers. RAM speeds are not what they should be. My RAM is 3000 MHz out of the box, but the board wont clock the RAM any higher than 2133 MHz, yet the board supports 2666 MHz. Optimization takes time but it is very aggravating knowing you're only using 1/3 of your speed.
This RAM is very bright. You can get lost staring into the PC at the light this RAM puts off. Not overwhelming, and just recently compatible with AURA sync. The software is still in beta, it needs alot of work, but it does sync, and it is very pleasing on the eyes.
If you want super fast storage this is your solution. I've never seen file transfers, write, erase, game load times as fast as this thing provides. I installed windows thinking it would be a long task, left the room, 2 minutes later windows was finished. There was a slight snag during initial configuration where my PC was not displaying video at all after a restart. I simply delayed POST in the BIOS for 5 seconds(3 seconds should work) and good to go.
The GPU I was using before this build, was an R9 270. So seating this big 1080 was a great feeling. The size of it was a big change but as compared to other 1080 variants, this one is pretty slim. The fans on it only start when they are needed, which helps cut down on unnecessary power usage. The RGB lighting syncs up with AURA creating a magical effect inside the case, suiting any color scheme just right with the click of a mouse. I've used it in a few games, and it is impressive. Max visual settings on multiple games, paired with the 1800x CPU makes for an experience so smooth, you'll never forget it.
Very sleek, but not overwhelming, this case was a leap for me because tempered glass just wasn't my look. That is, until I spotted this case, sporting only 1 tempered glass side panel and 1 front panel, I didn't want my cables visible at all so I went with this version. Building in it was not difficult, but it was time consuming when it came to hiding the cables. My only issue with this case so far is that when you remove the glass panel from the side, it almost seems as if you have compromised the integrity of the case, making it difficult to reinstall the glass door.
I'm a big corsair fan, so my build has a lot of corsair components. I chose the RMx650 because I wanted a modular power supply, that didn't consume power unnecessarily, that was modular and it being corsair was just a bonus. The cables provided are nice, though I do plan to replace them with sleeved cables, the ones provided are nice for the time being.
These fans are bright, very bright. And the lighting seems to not affect performance in any way, keeping the case cool and performance at its best. I only wish these fans would LINK with other things but as it stands now, it isn't happening.