What's it for?
It replaces this build, which I sold a couple of months ago. I considered upgrading the motherboard, CPU, and GPU in that build and it would've cost ~1200€. By selling it and building this completely fresh, I ended up spending ~1400€ so that 200€ difference got me the new case, PSU, RAM, AIO, etc. Everything new. I'm really happy with how that turned out.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
This is my first AMD chip since the good old AMD Athlon 64 3200+ back in the day. The last PC I built, about 4 years ago, had an i7 6700K (@ 4.6 GHz) but this time I wanted to with AMD. I almost went all out and got a 9900K but the extra price – 311€ vs. 500€ – compared to what extra performance I'd get just didn't work for me and I'm really happy with my decision so far.
This CPU seems to run super cool and, as of now, I've never seen it go higher than 65ºC. According to Ryzen Master, the idle temperature is typically ~26ºC. During a Cinebench R20 run, the max temperature according to HWMonitor was 62ºC. After a bunch of runs in a row, the max temperature was 65ºC.
According to HWMonitor, after a quick gaming session, a couple of cores boosted to just over 4400 MHz with most others hitting around 4391 MHz. That's just automatic, with PBO set to Auto, and with no manual overclock. I'll have a play around with PBO when I can but for now, the performance is great and it stays nice and cool.
NZXT Kraken X62
This is my second AIO. The first, with my last build, was the Corsair H110i GTX. The Kraken looks way better in my opinion – I love the pump – and seems to perform well. I decided to use the AER RGB 2 fans that came with the case as opposed to the (likely better performing) static pressure fans that came with the Kraken and so far, so good. I have all fans set to silent.
Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE
Great motherboard. I haven't done any manual overclocking yet but it was a pleasure to build with this and from what I've read, it's really solid when overclocking, too. I wish I could control the RGBs in BIOS, though, instead of having to use the RGB Fusion software.
G.Skill Trident Z 16 GB DDR4-3600
I've never used G.Skill RAM before so I figured I'd give it a go this time. The 3600 MHz speed along with 16-16-16-36 timings are a great combination and the price was pretty good. I'm really happy so far. It looks awesome, too. Subtle, no RGB, and matches the colour scheme of the build. I've not overclocked it or anything. I enabled XMP, let it run at its 3600 MHz, and haven't looked back.
Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME
This is my first M.2 drive and I love how much cleaner it is when you build. The motherboard has an M.2 heatsink, too, which helps keep things looking tidy. The performance of this SSD is incredible. My old PC had great loading times in games but this is another level.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X TRIO
I play games at 1440p so I was originally looking at getting an RTX 2080. The RTX 2080 Ti was too expensive and anything less than an RTX 2080 wouldn't give me the performance I wanted from this build. After doing a lot of research, this card came out on top in many tests so I decided to go for it. So far, I agree with everything I've read. It's an impressive card in that performance is incredible, it runs cool, and it's super quiet. My old GTX 980 Ti got into the 80s often when gaming but during a few sessions on this build so far I haven't seen it go above 65ºC.
I'll update this when I've had chance to play more games but so far, I've tried Modern Warfare – maxed out with RTX on – and I was seeing 80-100 FPS most of the time. In the one scene I turned RTX off and FPS jumped ~20 IIRC. In Apex Legends, maxed out, it was consistently locked at 144 FPS, as expected. I tried Control, maxed out with all RTX settings on, and it was ~50 FPS. RTX is brutal but it looked incredible. I have a bunch of other games that I'm excited to play so I'll update once I've tried more.
NZXT H510 Elite
It's such a beautiful case and it's way smaller than I thought it would be. That made it a little fiddly at times during the build but I'm so glad I went for this over any of the others I was considering.
Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular
Silent and powerful. There's not much else to say.
LG UltraGear 27GL850-B
My last monitor was the Acer Predator XB271HU (2560x1440, G-SYNC, 165 Hz). I loved the performance but hated how it looked. Sure, these typical gaming styles appeal to some but I'm not a fan and I never liked the look of the monitor. When I sold the build I said the next time I build a system I'd get a monitor with good performance but it'd have to look nicer. This checks those boxes.
Luckily, for me, LG released this monitor. I was a little concerned about it only being "G-SYNC Compatible" but after setting things up I quickly let that go. To me, it's the same as the old monitor regarding performance. That is, it's super smooth. I haven't played much yet that tests the response time of the monitor yet but so far, I love it and I highly recommend it. Maybe if it was side by side with my old monitor I'd notice the slightly reduced contrast (that some reviewers have mentioned) but if I wouldn't have heard that I wouldn't have thought it. The picture is great and contrast isn't an issue. Sure, I wish it had real HDR and their "1ms" and "HDR" marketing is a little shady but for the price, I didn't expect much more.
I have this set on my 3700X build. What I love about this RAM is the lack of RGB. It's such a simple-looking DIMM and it looks awesome in a black and white build. Temperatures are always good, too.
All that said, I did have one issue but I'm pretty sure I was just unlucky as this can happen with any brand. I enabled XMP on my X570 Aorus Elite after the build and the RAM was rock solid at 3600 MHz. That said, after ~6 months I started getting random PC restarts. I eventually realised that it was one of the sticks of RAM. I've since had the set replaced and all is well again.