Upgraded my case & GPU a few months ago, but was still running a (gasp!) Pentium G3258. It won't run Mass Effect Andromeda at all, yay!!! -_-
So I kept the white NZXT case and black RX480, building the B&W theme off those and upgrading to a Ryzen 1700
Main uses are general computing stuff, scientific workstation work that will take advantage of all 16 CPU threads, and of course 1080p/60Hz gaming. At some point I'll swap out my GPU and monitor to go to 4K gaming.
Notes on individual part choices:
Gigabyte Aorus X370 Gaming 5 motherboard: With Ryzen's frustrating memory compatibility, I wanted something that would run 3200MHz RAM out of the box... without spending $200 on RAM. This fit that great as several different sources have said it works with 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 3200 C16 ($140). It also has dual BIOS, physical reset/CMOS buttons, and error coding, which are great features to have since Ryzen BIOS updates are still rolling out.
GTX1080 GPU: Yeah, yeah, I know it's overkill for 1080p/60Hz, but it was barely more money than a 1070 and I didn't want to wait for a Vega GPU.
Plextor NVMe Came down to this or a Samsung EVO since the EVO has come down in price a bit. But Tom's Hardware said the heatsink on the Plextor actually works, and the Gigabyte M.2 slot is placed horribly. Also Plextor gives a 5-year warranty vs Samsung's 3-year warranty for it's 10% higher price...
Looks great even without the fancy lights on. More importantly, it runs cheap RAM at 3200MHz (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200) with just a simple pre-loaded BIOS profile. Debug codes and dual BIOS are great, might not be able to go without them again!!
A few nitpicks: --M.2 is in almost the worst spot possible. Right under the GPU. Seems to be a common problem though. --The gimmicky "clear plastic design/removable RGB thing" is placed super poorly too. That's right where the biggest cable in the PC (24-pin) has to pass in front!! PLUS the front USB 3.0 and in my case 2X fan cables. --Temp sensors are nice but the cables are WAY long. I ran one like 3 inches to the NVMe drive and had to wrap up a huge wad of cable in between. --RGB software already crashed a couple times. Looks like it's "extreme rainbow pulse" for now...
Oh and "all lights off" leaves one fairly prominent dark-orange LED on... -_-
The easiest choice of my whole build. On the QVL for the Gigabyte GA-AX370-GAMING 5 (although Gigabyte made it confusing by only citing the larger 32 or 64 kits...). It does work right away at 3200. Just need the latest BIOS and set to "Profile 1" and bam, no more Ryzen memory speed worrying.
Working great so far. Just make SURE to use a very current Windows boot disk/USB. Somehow a Win 10 disk I made in January wasn't "updated enough" because it caused massive problems loading on this drive. Crashing 5-10 minutes after booting. Then a current (May) Win 10 copy worked great... it doesn't make much sense to me since NVMe drives were prevalent in January too... but other people have had the same problem.
I've had this 4 years or so, still going strong. Of course you don't want to even think about putting program files or an OS on it, but it's great for media & long-term storage!
Such a great value for $70. Really nicely laid out and the metal sides are thick. I was even able to sand and spray-paint one pink for my girlfriend! That was easier than most other cases would be.
Totally overkill and unnecessary, but I wanted Titanium efficiency and the available ones didn't differ much in price. Wish they had upgraded the cables (only the 24-pin is braided, the rest look OK but are stiff) instead of including the velvet bag and mirrored accents on both the PSU and box...
These are great!! Really solid-feeling and they look nice. Just wish they didn't have the branded stickers (the back sticker has cables & stuff underneath so I just blacked it out with a Sharpie)
Right now I'm running them on low RPM (controlled from mobo) and they're super quiet. Will ramp them up later when I OC.