Description

This is my first step into the PC-building universe!

I had been thinking about building my own pc for almost four years and finally decided to get on with it after so many years of playing on laptops. As soon as Zen 2 was announced, hopped on the Zen 2 hype train and waited for July 7th. Managed to get snipe a 3700x but not the Asus Crosshair VIII mobo I wanted on release date, so backorder set me back about 2 weeks. Also briefly considered SUPER, but they were all out of stock and pricey. Settled on a Asus RTX 2080 Strix that came in clutch with a good deal and rebate on Newegg Fantastech sales.

Building was a bit nervewracking, but probably cause I was being paranoid. Booted on first try, no problem. Thermals are looking good. Don't see anything go above 30°C for general tasks and 50°C under load. In addition, system isn't as loud as expected; case does a good job of keeping it silent while still having airflow. Still working on the cable management.

Part Reviews

CPU

Zen 2 did not disappoint. Great multi-threaded performance with comparable single performance to Coffee Lake. Good pricepoint and 65W TDP rounds it off as a more versatile and value CPU.

CPU Cooler

Wraith prism that came with CPU runs a bit noisy under load. Was looking at Noctua DH-15, but settled on Scythe for better aesthetics with a supposed 1-2°C thermal difference and quieter performance. Installation was okay, but figuring out how to tighten the screw that sits directly under the heatsink took a long time. Ended up watching a tutorial and feeling dumb.

Motherboard

I've always liked the look of ASUS's boards, so I was quite set on getting one. This board is pricey. It does have some nice to-haves though, like Wi-Fi and a ton of different heatsinks. RGB is neat. ASUS' manual isn't very well organized, so YouTube and my Phantek's case manual were the biggest help. Never played with a BIOS beforehand, ASUS' BIOS is pretty solid and I understood most of it.

Memory

Looks cool, a lot better in person too. Runs at advertised speed and can overclock.

Storage

Speedy OS boot and file transfer. Much faster than I anticipated. Looks a lot smaller IRL.

Case

10/10. Honestly this was highlight of my pc-building experience. Phantek's did a great job with making a first time build experience flawless. The included manual was very informative and saved me multiple times. The features on this case is insane: magnetic fancovers, quick-release 2.5" drivebays, amazing cable management system, tempered glass, hinged side-panels?!

Silent, cool, and looks amazing.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the first build! It looks great! Enjoy the beauty of full Desktop hardware!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I definitely will

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have the Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi as well but am considering swapping it out for the ASRock X570 Taichi because I got almost all of the same features for $80 cheaper and the RGBs and the aesthetics of the board are more appealing. The RGBs on the Crosshair were very underwhelming from review videos I've seen but they look good in your pictures. Can you provide insight on this, like is there an RGB brightness adjustment setting that I don't know about? Great build by the way!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! After setting up and booting Windows for the first time, I got a notification to install Armoury Crate. Within the program, you can install all the necessary drivers (except the GPU) and CPU and system tweak/monitor utilities. It comes with AURA SYNC, which is how you adjust your RGBs.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Right but is there a brightness level adjustment feature within Aura Sync? I don't own any Asus products that utilize Aura Sync besides this motherboard and I haven't built anything yet.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, doesn't have it. Perhaps try looking at the AURA tab (F4) within your BIOS with Advanced Mode on. It seems like you can only toggle RGB LEDs and/or functional LEDs on/off though.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) what is your pch(chipset temp) ? My temp idle 60c

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is about 40-50c idle

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I am thinking of going for that cooler with a 3700x, what kind of temps are you getting while gaming/under load? Thanks

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like my current build even though i am in the process of changing out older parts. love the P600S. i was trying to hold out for the LUXE 2 but i was impatient. dont regret the purchase.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm about to put together something similar did you need to use 4 pin extensions for any of the Noctua A14's?