Meet Lilith, a build I originally completed in 2018. This is my second PC that I've built since I got into PC gaming in 2016. With this build, I wanted to go for an ASUS ROG black/red aesthetic without absolutely breaking the bank with the ROG Tax. I also wanted something that, at the time in 2018, could play pretty much any game at max or high settings.
2021 Update: Lilith is now Lilith RTX! I've swapped out the two slow hard drives for one 500GB NVMe SSD as a boot drive and then a 2TB 2.5" SATA SSD with DRAM for my game library. I've also upgraded from the 1070 Ti to an RTX 3070 from Aorus. I initially wanted to avoid having anything other than an ASUS GPU for this build, but once I saw how absolutely gorgeous the RTX 3070 Master was and how aesthetically unappealing all of ASUS's RTX 30 series cards were, I changed my mind.
Case: DIYPC Skyline 06-WR (Red)
CPU: Intel Core i5 9400F 2.9 GHz
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: ASUS ROG Strix B360-H Gaming
RAM: 16 GB (2x 8 GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 MHz
GPU: Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Master (8 GB)
PSU: EVGA 600B
Boot Drive, Program and File Storage: 500GB PNY XLR8 NVMe SSD
Game Storage: 2TB Crucial BX500 2.5" SATA SSD
Monitor: MSI Optic MAG24C 1080p 144 Hz Curved Monitor
Keyboard: ASUS ROG Claymore Core (Cherry MX Red)
Mouse: ASUS ROG Gladius II
Speakers: Logitech Z200 Speakers
Headphones: Astro A10
RGB: Cheapo RGB Strip I found at Walmart for like $5
Chair: Vartan Gaming Chair (Red)
Desk: Atlantic Gaming Desk
Color(s): Black Red
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Air Cooling
Type: General Build
Spring 2021 - Swapped Storage and Graphics
Swapped out the two 1TB Western Digital HDDs for two other drives. One is a 500GB PNY XLR8 CS3030 M.2 NVMe SSD that I am using for my OS, programs and file storage. The other is a 2TB Crucial BX500 SATA SSD that I am exclusively using as a game library. Now that I've separated my games from the rest of my system storage, I have a lot more space. The install process wasn't great though.
Due to my motherboard coming pre-packaged with a Intel Optane drive in the M.2 slot I needed for my NVMe, I took it out...not knowing how heavily my OS had integrated with it. I assumed that Windows was on my C drive which was still in the system as I needed to clone it to the new SSD, so I figured it would be fine. I was wrong. The Optane memory must have been storing some critical part of the Windows boot kernel that I didn't know about. I made the mistake of swapping the Optane out before I had turned off Optane utilization within the BIOS (which I also needed to do for Windows to even locate the drive), so when my PC booted up, it was looking for critical code to boot into Windows that obviously was stored on the Optane...and the Optane was no longer in the system. This caused many Blue Screens of Death as my PC refused to boot into Windows.
Sadly, I was left with no other option to completely reinstall Windows. My files all remained intact but all of my programs were lost. Thankfully, I was able to recover pretty much all of them with no issues due to Windows providing me with a handy little HTML file listing most of the programs that it had wiped so I could find, redownload and reinstall them (plus I had taken screenshots of my list of programs myself before all this happened which helped too).
The Crucial SSD installation went a lot smoother after that. I got all my stuff reinstalled and was blown away by the speed difference. Now my PC boots faster than my monitor which is just crazy to me.
A few weeks after that, I purchased a Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Master on eBay. To the gaming community, sorry I paid scalper prices but the way I look at it is this...games aren't gonna get any easier to run for GTX 10 series cards like the 1070 Ti I had in this build before. In fact, by the time this demand spike levels out, the RTX 30 series might already be on their way out in terms of gaming performance. We're talking 1-2 years here. I figured I would rather pay the premium and enjoy the smooth gaming performance now for upcoming games than watch as my 1070 Ti slowly becomes less and less capable over the next 2 years and slips down the GPU tier list. When the time comes, I will sell this RTX 3070 at a loss to another lucky gamer...but I needed to ensure I was good to go in terms of performance for the next few years.
That being said I LOVE the Aorus Master. Initially, I wanted to stay brand loyal to ASUS, but I was underwhelmed by the look of their RTX 30 series cards. The ROG Strix cards were just kinda meh. The only card that looked somewhat interesting was the KO, but that would have clashed with my black and red aesthetic. That's when I saw the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3070 Master and thought it was gorgeous. The RGB on the sides and backplate, the angular design and especially the customizable LCD display on the side...all without the ROG tax? Sign me up. I also enjoy how the "GeForce RTX" branding on the side is bigger and more pronounced so everyone can tell I'm rocking that Ampere tech, unlike my old 1070 Ti that had the "GeForce GTX" branding really tiny in the corner like it was hiding itself out of shame.
What are my future plans? First and foremost I would love to upgrade my power supply to something I know can handle this card. Beyond that...I think there isn't much left I can do to perfect this rig. Sometime in the next 4 years, I would love to take the GPU out of here and build an all-new rig with it, AMD-based this time. Back when I built this rig, the ROG branding was kinda sparse for AMD-based platforms as ASUS saved all their best boards for Intel. Now that RYZEN has gotten significantly more popular than Intel, ASUS has paid attention and given their AM4 socket boards just as much love as their Intel ones and I'd argue that now the AMD ROG Mobos are even sexier than the Intel ones. I might keep the Lilith branding or I might not. As much as I love my succubus-inspired rig I have now, I think going for one inspired by sirens with maybe a white/teal color scheme would also be sick.
I hope you all enjoy my upgrades and I'll catch you next time!