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The one build that checks most all of the boxes. Ryzen 7 3700X - Pros: Power-efficient & powerful for the price. Cons: Stock cooler is the loudest part of the system

Asus ROG Strix X570-I: Pros: has WiFi 6, PCIE 4.0. Lots of I/O ports. Cons: has 2 USB headers. Type-C port is unused on the H210i case. Also no place to plug in the USB for RGB on AMD Wraith Prism cooler

G.Skill Trident Z Neo RAM - Speed Needs to be adjusted in motherboard settings 2133->3600 upon initial startup AND every time the system is unplugged from the wall. Sabrent Rocket 4.0 - I recommend despite many saying to stick with 3.0 drives. Check my CrystalDiskMark score.

Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT - Highly recommend. Very quiet. So quiet that at full load, it seems to be equal in loudness as the Wraith Prism at its quietest. It also runs very cool.

H210i case - Controller has 3 fan inputs. I wired the 2 included non-RGB fans to 1 port, and my 2 separately purchased RGB fans to the other 2 inputs.

Roccat Keyboards and mice are pretty great quality. The Tyon mouse has slow software I cannot find a fix to.

Summary: This is my workstation/gaming build with plenty of RGB and performance at a fair price. Items were bought on Black Friday + Open box items. Regular sales prices total $2,318. Total savings was $202.39. It was troublesome buying open box. 2 items received were wrong and I had to send back for a refund. I was fortunate to find a solid deal on the Open-box monitor, there's always risk taken when buying one. In the future, it'll be ultra-wide or 4k monitors for me.

Part Reviews

CPU

Just great. Pros: Runs standard tasks below 15%. I bought for photo-editing. Highly recommend. Can't wait to see what is in AMD's future. Cons: The stock cooler is the loudest part of my entire build. I also don't have another USB header on my motherboard to control the RGB. Had to use the 4-pin RGB which doesn't allow full control. The LED ring around the top where AMD logo is, I cannot control.

Motherboard

I waited for this board and it is a beauty. A word to all builders! Out of the box, Wifi+Bluetooth do not work. You must go to the Intel website and install the latest Wifi+Bluetooth drivers! Plan to have either a USB with it downloaded or wire yourself to a router. This board needs more USB headers! Otherwise, it's great.

Memory

So far so good. You must adjust the RAM speed in the motherboard settings upon first start. RAM over 3200mhz will need to be overclocked in the settings. It's a simple adjustment.

Storage

Get this on sale like I did! People are saying to not get a PCIE 4.0 drive yet, but just take a look at my CrystalDiskMark score! This is fast!

Video Card

Must install AMD drivers from AMD website for this to function properly. Be prepared to have to boot the computer a few times upon first start-up. It worried me a bit when it wasn't wanting to boot at first. This card runs very cool and very quiet. I am SO glad I didn't go with the reference blower card.

Case

Great case, kind of pricey. Includes 2 non-rgb fans. It will fit your graphics card, that was my big concern. The tempered glass is hard to remove, it only has the 1 screw and its held by little balls in sockets. The controller has 3 Fan and 2 RGB strip inputs. I chained the 2 non-rgb fans included and put into 1 of the 3 fan inputs. The NZXT CAM software is great. I feel these NZXT products are overpriced, however, they function quite well.

Power Supply

Iffy and moderately difficult rebate process but overall clean and easy to use power supply.

Case Fan

Great fan, looks cool, runs quiet, just expensive

Monitor

It's almost there. I bought for a cross between photo-editing and gaming. I have an Acer XR382CQK, an UWQHD+ 3840x1600 at 75 Hz. I am liking it better for productivity despite the Asus having a greater color gamut. Viewing angles aren't so great with the Asus. It gets the job done though.

Keyboard

Love the keyboard. I wish it had dedicated macro keys. Swarm software works great

Mouse

The mouse itself is great. The software is the downfall. It doesn't want to work with Windows 10 and I can't find a fix. It really hurts the experience of the mouse

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Just wondering though why do you have the gpu at a slight angle?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The NZXT H210i case has a little rubber bumper to hold the GPU from sagging. In my situation, it pushed it up a bit. You can see that little rubber piece in the pics.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm making a build in a H210i case and on NZXT's site it says GPU thickness is 44 mm. Did you have any trouble fitting your GPU? Sapphire says the PULSE is 46,5 mm thick. Do you think an even thicker GPU could fit?

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes, an even thicker GPU would fit. I had no issue with the sapphire one and there is maybe 8mm extra space to spare