I have a Cyberpower computer with an AMD FX-9590. While it plays all my games well, I got the bug to get something newer that'll play the new games with settings at the highest, and I wanted to pick all my own parts and build it myself. I don't want to have to upgrade it for years, so I'm doing an overkill, for me, rig. I'm also not a fan of RGB, so will turn it all off after I take pics. So after a few months of research using various well known YouTube computer geeks who did specific reviews, this is what I came up with, the “old man's (late 60's) first and last build”.
Chosen because it seemed to be the best for the money, and shouldn't need to be upgraded for years.
Overkill for this CPU, but didn't want an AIO. Have used AIO's in the past without any problems, but wanted a no maintenance computer with no avoidable failure points. This thing is hugh. I didn't know it would be this big, and certainly dominates the look of the build. Wouldn't have bought it if it didn't come in the new black version. I even got the LTT “version”. I didn't think the Noctua directions were very good, so had to go to YouTube to see an installation on my CPU. Was easy after that. I'm only using the center fan as another review said it was fine, and I like the way it looks better. I can see the RAM.
I used a Thermal Grizzly Carbonaut pad because it'll last forever unlike thermal paste. The reviews showed that it was a good solution, and easy to use. The biggest trick is to get it to stay where you put it when you put the cooler on as it slides easily.
Very good reviews as to build quality. This is way overkill for me as I won't be overclocking the CPU or memory past what XMP does, but wanted it future proof. Who knows. Something may come out that I want that can use the PCIe 4.0 slot. I used the bios updater built into the IO. So easy to use.
This was hard. Cross referenced both Asrock and Corsair (and other) sites to make sure whatever memory I chose would run without problems. I chose to use 4 X 8 because a review said this board would run better with all slots filled. I went with 3200 as it was the highest native speed, and it did run right out of the box with no problems. A different review of ram speeds showed 3200 was enough for me.
I have two Mushkin SSD's in my old computer, and have been happy with them. Had to RMA one, and the Mushkin techs were fast and easy to deal with. Got the 2 TB because I want everything on one drive.
Great reviews, and close in speed to the Nitro, but cheaper.
Another hard choice. Went with this one because of the review of this newer version. I knew I was going to use air cooling, and the reviewer said it was great as an air cooled CPU case. Also, it looks great. I really like the 200mm front fans. Four fans total, one 140 rear, and the Noctua. It is a dead quiet system.
I used a power supply calculator, and it said I needed 425 watts, so I went with a 750 to be sure and puts it's efficiency curve in the right place, if I read it right. I chose a platinum for the cleaner power. Pricey, but worth it.