I’m buying a new PC. Do any of you wizards have advice?
I will be using this PC for VR, work (software engineer that uses high resource simulators and multiple VMs), music production, streaming, SAFE farming and whatever else I can think of in the future.
Here’s the spec I’m looking at:
FRACTAL DEFINE 7 BLACK QUIET MID-TOWER CASE
Overclocked AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core (3.4GHz @ up to 4.55GHz)
ASUS® ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0) - ARGB Ready!
128GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3000MHz (4 x 32GB)
12GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR (Special Offer)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
CORSAIR 750W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
ASUS STRIX Raid DLX 7.1 PCIe sound card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
2 PORT (2 x TYPE A) USB 3.1 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS
Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [MUP-00003]
Wow, that is probably going to cost you more than I paid for my car
With setup like this you should 100% go for water cooling on GPU. Either water cooled card or custom loop, but you dont want to listen to 3000rpm fan especially if you do streaming and music production.
Thanks for the advice. I’m using a website that builds PCs, so I’ll check if they are available. What is better about these mother boards? I chose the one above because I’ve read it works well with the CPU.
What many suggest is that for the system drive is to use a drive that will hold all your system files and not use it for your data (media etc). Unix & linux have provided easy ways to do this since *forever*. Doing this allows for quick recovery from a system drive failure and a lot cheaper than RAID 1
The question is whether to install your programs (games etc) on it or another drive. The easiest is to just let the installed programs reside on the system disk. A failure only means reinstall. Steam though allows an easy way to install the games on any drive.
Now down to reality, EVO drives rarely fail after the first few weeks and its better to have plenty of free space on it to prevent early failure due to exceeding the write count on blocks.
I would definitely get a faster SSD than the 970 EVO, such as the 980 PRO. Your SSD/HDD is nearly always the bottleneck and speeding that up will make your system feel much faster. If you are already going balls to the wall everywhere else, spending the extra $60-80, or whatever that is in your silly pound currency, will be the best investment you can make.
I built my dream PC a year ago (5950x/3090/128)… don’t judge, it’s a professional thing
Would definitely second the 980pro over the 970 evo.
I went with the tomahawk x570 … don’t do RGB but it has it, I believe it’s cheaper, has a 2.5Gb LAN port, and the best thermals outside of the top end boards.
Worth considering. If you don’t actually know why you need 128, drop some and go for 64… but it sounds like you’ve got ideas.
silence is big for me. Went full airflow (Lian Li Mesh II performance). Not much sound insulation on it so built my first custom water loop with a good deal on some B-stock, alongside upgraded case fans. I can’t hear the thing at all.
If it were me … I’d drop the CPU cooler, get the above slightly cheaper mobo and case and the savings will get you into the ballpark of the 980 and a soft pipe water loop.
I agree with this, I got the latest Gen 4 EVO Pro which enables the full bandwidth of 7GB/s. Any real life situation may not get to use it at those speeds, but program loading, system loading etc will definitely run faster than a gen 3. Is it worth the cost? Thats for the system builder to decide.