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As a 4th-year engineering student, I needed something to run Solidworks better than my 5-year-old bootcamped Macbook Pro. I'd been saving up money all summer, but when my grandparents heard that I was in need of an upgrade they decided to give me some money towards a new computer (for school, of course ;D). Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

After some research (aka this video from Linus Tech Tips: https://youtu.be/G-90qEJAVkU), I started choosing my parts. Since I'm still in college and won't be in a professional CAD environment, I decided to go with a Ryzen-based system, 16GB of RAM that glows every color of the rainbow, and an RX 580 8GB. These and the other parts go well with my white/black/RGB accent aesthetic.

First I installed the CPU, its included cooler, RAM, and GPU on top of the motherboard box for a quick test-boot just to make sure everything was working. Once I verified the system would POST, I installed the PSU into the case basement, pre-routed some cables, installed my SSD and HDD, installed the motherboard into the case, and plugged everything in. A semi-modular PSU and the Meshify C's case design made building in the case and managing cables a breeze. I also have some money leftover that I can use for future upgrades or other expenses.

All in all, I am very happy with the way the system turned out. As a second-time PC builder, I did not run into any problems whatsoever and the entire building process was very smooth. At the time of posting, I am still waiting on my Cooler Master fans to arrive at my house, and am also in the process of updating the motherboard BIOS and downloading drivers and other software. I can't wait to finish the setup process and load up fortni- I mean, my schoolwork...

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 5 points

I needed something to run Solidworks better than my 5-year-old bootcamped Macbook Pro.

You are not setting the bar very high here........

Really nice and clean build. Even though you are using it for school there is nothing saying you can't use it for the odd game! You also came in well under budget too which I doubt would have happened if you got another mac.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I was trying to come in under budget since I knew I didn’t need all of it for this build. And for what I’ll be doing in school I know I dont need a super overkill system, which is why I opted not to go with like an r7/i7 and a 1080ti or professional gpu like a Quadro.

I appreciate the feedback!

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

murmurs semiangrily with 2,000 you could have gotten r7 or i7 and a 1080 ;-;

+1 gl in school

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Trust me I thought about it, but right now I may need to allocate the rest towards paying for school this semester, unfortunately -.-

And thanks, I’ll need it!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know that! Cool :D

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

psst: AMD cards on OpenCL can also overflow onto system RAM when their VRAM is full, unlike NVIDIA cards on CUDA

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice clean build!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build! have you ever tried looking at getting a mid ranged Firepro?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not, but maybe in the future? Who knows! Thanks for the feedback!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, you picked almost all of the same parts I would have gone with if I had done a fresh build today. Awesome stuff. Great choices. I ended up keeping my old Corsair 500R case and PSU and grabbing a 1500X, Strix B350F, and RX570 8GB when they were on sale a little while back.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

You can’t go wrong with those parts, especially if you can salvage some old working parts as well. I was able to get the CPU and motherboard on sale plus a $30 bundle discount from microcenter, and a $20 mail-in rebate on both the GPU and PSU. Perks of being diligent when it comes to searching for the best deals haha. Have you started the build?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's done. Nothing flashy compared to what people are doing these days but gets the job done until I can afford a completely new build.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Just got a meshify C as well so we'll see how building in that goes.