Here’s y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶y̶e̶a̶r̶l̶y̶ ̶d̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶w̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶r̶n my setup as of now – I call her “Clara”.
AMD Ryzen 2700X (stock clocks, planning to beef up the cooler to a CRYORIG R1 when I have the time)
ASUS Prime B450-PLUS (ASUS reliability and customer support, and had everything I needed without compromise.)
NVidia/Zotac GTX 1060-6GB amp! Edition (Handles 144hz/1080p like a champ.)
2x8GB G.Skill RIPJAWS V 3200Mhz (Ryzen is RAM-hungry – 3200 is certainly a nice change from 2133)
SilverStone 650W “Strider”, 80+GOLD (Enough wattage for what I ask for it.)
FRACTAL Design Meshify C TG (Not just a pretty face. Dual front USB 3.0 saved a chunk of time usually spent fishing around the back of my old case finding a 3.0 port.
Peripherals and Storage
CRUCIAL MX500 250GB SSD (Probably the weakest link. It’s not the fastest or the most reliable SSD on the market, but it was in a competitive price bracket, and it works well enough as a boot drive.)
WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM (I really didn’t expect 7200RPM to make much of a difference, having used 5400RPM for as long as I could remember. Good lord, how I was proven wrong.)
Acer KG271A 27’, 144hz/1080p (And if you thought that was a drastic improvement, you have got to try out 120-144hz. I can’t believe I’ve been using 60hz for so long… it feels so outdated now. DisplayPort master race!)
Acer K222HQL 21.5’, 60Hz/1080p (The oldest component in my rig by a massive margin. I’ve had it since Year 9, and I use it for programs and tasks that don’t benefit from high refresh rates, such as Youtube.
Steelseries SENSEI 310 (I needed a little bit of RGB wankery in my rig, and this makes up a third of it. It’s minimalistic, only having two RGB zones – the scroll wheel and the logo at the palm of the mouse).
GIGABYTE/Aorus K9 Flaretech Blue (A solid keyboard with customisable per-key lighting. I’ve set it to be – like the mouse mentioned prior, reactive to my presses, fading in and out with every key pressed.)
I’ll see if I can’t update this post if/when I install more equipment.