This looks very good. I modified your list slightly because the power supply isn't available in my location and it needed a CPU cooler. I like the idea of more RAM. It might not need a GPU but I like the idea of the graphics on a different chip to everything else, and the CUDA cores may be useful... Slightly altered list
That's exactly what I did in the end (Root_User's second option)... put linux on a separate SSD (dual boot). When I'm working on Ubuntu I won't need Windows, and vice versa. I haven't used the Linux side that much yet but it seems to work well when either side is booted up... the only slight glitch is that it freezes when restarting one to work on the other, maybe it needs powering off/on instead.
Thanks again everyone.
2 cents... If I was going to spend that amount of money on a computer I wouldn't want any HDDs in it. There is the speed but also there's nothing worse than hitting a bad sector and potentially either losing that data or having a lot of hassle trying to recover it. This is just my opinion based on your budget, I don't have any HDDs in my main computer and it's probably similar or less money than yours when I built it. I don't know what the chances of getting a bad sector are but I've had two in the past and it wasn't nice either time. HDDs are fine for budget builds but once you get above a certain level money-wise I wouldn't recommend them. Even if you have everything backed up it would still be hassle.
Exactly, no laptops please! Space-wise a VM/dual boot makes sense, thinking about it. Thank you. Then, instead of having a 2nd monitor for a separate machine, I can just have the two set up together.
Thanks guys. I was thinking about using the spare case in the garage and setting up two rigs in here but a VM/dual boot would be much better thinking about it. Like you say, I wouldn't be using both at once. My main rig is an i7-6700K with 16GB RAM. Buying an extra SSD and setting up a VM sounds like it's the best option.
+1 for a nice Phenom II X4 955 build. A GPU like the GTX 1060 is probably the perfect Nvidia card to go with it. That system can still run a lot of modern games in 2018.
The white case with the blue mobo and the ketchup and mustard cables looks quite pretty!
I feel your pain about the high prices outside the US.
I shouldn't worry too much about the mobo, it means you can get a smaller case in future if you want.
It sounds like you're getting an AIO as a gift. You could just upgrade from the stock cooler to a decent air cooler, 212 evo or something, if you wanted.
As well as all this, there are not likely to be any BIOS updates for Spectre for a 7-year-old mobo. Existing CPU/mobo combos will have the Spectre flaw that can be fixed to a degree by BIOS updates. Hopefully, the next wave of CPUs will have the issue fixed in the hardware.
Nice work! I'd go with a wired connection but digging tiles up seems a bit drastic.
Good to know, thank you!
I thought that they thought they'd be able to fix Spectre eventually... but only through the BIOS. Like you say, whatever the fix it would only be a software fix to a hardware problem. That's fair enough, thank you.
I was actually interested in the "i7-6700K v Ryzen" thing aswell though. My thoughts are that for most office-type software it would probably seem like a downgrade. The i7-6700K is fine at the moment so I should probably upgrade the HTPC/second machine as cheaply as possible in a few months. If I wanted to use it for rendering I think a 6+ core Ryzen would be a good fit.
Right, but the two main ones recently (meltdown and spectre), I believe one can be fixed by updating the operating system and the other is only fixed with a BIOS update. I'm sure the BIOS updates have not been created by the manufacturers yet but my old HTPC mobo has about 0% chance of ever getting updated because the last BIOS update for it was 2011.
It should be pretty easy once you get the file on a USB and find the right part of the UEFI BIOS for "flashing", but read the warning etc.
Looks very clean and tidy, nice work!
You didn't go crazy with the parts but it shows how the accessories can bump the price up.
Description too long, glad you have a TLDR section :)
Nice part choices! My main rig is similar, albeit pre-Ryzen.
Good job +1
I have the same PSU (and also tried the Corsair adaptor bracket) in my old PC. Long lost twin? Cable-wise the SFX PSUs probably meant for tiny cases (smaller than yours). But, having said that I know what you mean about the SATA cables.
Non-modular just means that all the power cables are permanently attached to the power supply, as opposed to detachable. Not necessary at all. Most important thing with a power supply is that it won't explode, imo. EVGA (or Corsair) are good brands so you should be ok!
I didn't know some Athlons used the AM4 socket. Learned something!
Looks like a lot of bang for buck. Nice work!
I didn't even know there was a 6-core i5. Wow. Thanks Ryzen!
Yeah, I'm hesitant about wanting Windows 10 on another machine after all the update issues but Windows is still the best platform for software and the hardware I want to use on it. I use Linux for work so I wouldn't mind having it on as a dual boot but I think I need Windows for compatibility.
Definitely worth a go!
With so many photos it'd be nice to see a few more with the side panel on :)
No need, unless... 1) you have too much money or 2) you want to go through the hassle of selling your intel chip/mobo. Next upgrade should be your GPU, imho.
You realize there's a GTX 1060 in your parts list!?
I'm triggered by that glass of water!
Nice! Even though the CPU and GPU are roughly comparable that FPS sure beats a Phenom II X4 955 and an RX 460 4GB.
Well researched... and you got yourself 6 cores! Congrats, nice build!
I have the same PSU!
Do you have an update on the build? Everyone still happy?
I think that's just the best PCPP price (New Egg) to buy it now.
How did you mount the AIO to the GPU? +1
I have an older Raspberry Pi and that thing definitely got warm, especially inside a case.
Nice work! +1
Photoshop can utilize the CUDA cores of a GPU. I guess, this system is more designed to use the 6 cores of the CPU .
Nice work! An SSD would definitely improve on that 50 seconds. +1
It's nice to see something get featured that isn't completely overkill (just the SSD and RAM). Nice work! Pretty pictures!
I had strange errors like that when my graphics driver had some issues. Maybe double check it in the Radeon software. If there are issues with graphics driver you may have to completely remove it before doing a fresh driver install, can be fiddly. Do more research first though.
The storage and optical drive are easy to upgrade if you want. Nice work! +1
No point in spending a fortune if it's just for Netflix, etc. Nice work!
With the cost of the computer, I'm a little disappointed at the monitor. If I'm buying 2x 1080Ti's I think I'd want to be rocking a 4K at least.
I like seeing a computer under the desk. Nice work! +1
Separated at birth?? (:
The 460 is great! For an older CPU where I didn't want to spend a lot on a GPU it plays most games pretty well. I just went for the 4gb for open world stuff like GTA V but I'm not sure there's a massive difference.
You might be able to reduce the noise by getting a non-stock CPU cooler if that's what gets loud. Nice work! +1
Needs more photos. What do you use it for? (:
I'm more impressed by this kind of thing than with someone spending loads and getting the best of everything. As you have the RX 580, I'd say it might be difficult to get everything else with current gen components from new for $310. Nice work!
Nice work! I have a very similar setup for my HTPC. Perfect to use as a Steam machine with the advantage of being able to do Windows stuff on it too.
Father-in-law a gamer?
Did you consider a motherboard with built-in wifi?
I'm not sure you'll see a huge amount of difference with more RAM. I'd put that SSD up top on your list with monitor second. Then with a bigger monitor or higher refresh rate you might need a better GPU. You might not see a lot of difference in performance with the RAM, case and PSU.
Nice build +1