"We are the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, and we will, we will ROCK YOU!!!"
Yes, the name and theme of this rig are inspired by the Ben Stiller / Vince Vaughn comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and the team and colors of the Globo Gym Purple Cobras. That out of the way, this rig was quite an endeavor to endure and put together. Also, NZXT is the best! So here is my rationale behind the part choices.
Case - So I wanted a rig that embraces today's modern tempered glass / RGB look and I found it in the NZXT S340 Elite, which replaced my older H440. The case is very nice to work in and houses my Kraken X62 Elite perfectly, and can handle large GPUs, and cable management is a breeze (except for the back). And this is a special edition of the S340 Elite which was available only on NZXT's website. I got case #335 out of 1500. I also replaced the included purple Aer fans with RGB Aer fans.
PSU - I've had this PSU for quite a while now and it still holds up great. The EVGA G2s are some of the best PSUs you can buy on the market not named Seasonic.
CPU - I am a huge fan of AMD's Ryzen platform and this is my second full Ryzen based rig. When I got the motherboard and CPU was last year when the R7-1700 and 1800X were king. I have an 1800X but it was proven to be unusable when I installed it in this motherboard so I am using the 1700 for now. I eventually plan to upgrade to the 3rd generation R7-3950X when it is available.
Motherboard - The Asrock X370 Taichi was a hold over from my previous case, which was the white NZXT H440. That was a nice case, and still is, and will be reused in a future build. But this motherboard is still a great choice and has dual M2 ports and built in Wifi.
RAM - It was a no brainer to get G. Skill's awesome Trident Z RGB RAM, and 3200 is the speed you should have for a first generation Ryzen.
Cooling - So I wanted the RGB look and went the full Monty with NZXT's setup. Did I mention that NZXT is the best? The cooling / RGB setup consists of 3 Hue+ strips (the restrictions on the back panel made it impossible to install a 4th), and all Aer 120 / 140 RGB fans for the full RGB look.
Peripherals - I have a Kingston Hyper X Alloy Elite keyboard, a Corsair M65 mouse, and an Asus PB287Q monitor. Future upgrades will include sleeved PSU cables and Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM.
Storage - My primary boot drive is a Samsung 960 Evo, and my secondary storage I got out of Newegg's Expert Reviews program. That drive was meant to replace my laptop's storage drive, but instead is being used in this build to replace all mechanical drives. I also have my older but still usable Samsung 840 Evo as a scratch / Steam drive to store all my games on, again replacing a much older mechanical drive.
GPU - This is my latest GPU and my first EVGA GPU in a long time (last two were both MSI). The 2070 is an excellent GPU and can handle just about anything I can throw at it.