I have been contemplating with some trepidation a new workstation to refresh my old 2017 era 1800x workstations.
It is almost the worst time to do this, but my daily driver AMD 1800x is getting flaky - USB dropouts, video issues with my AMD Radeon HD 7970/R9 280X. Not sure if it is the AsRock x370 Professional Gaming, the GPU, a RAM stick, or some BIOS issue, but I am losing confidence in this box. Plus I really need to learn more VM technologies. I have some spare cashflow at this time, so it is time to do this.
I am not a real gamer - at this time the only thing I play is Civ 5 on an LG 43UD79.
I want to use this box for another 3-4 years.
I like lower power consumption and heat if possible.
Noise it not a big issue.
I want the 64GB RAM for VM goodness.
I would love to do an Emperor-level rackmount EPYC supercomputer, but can’t handle that now. Love the videos from LevelOne and Gamers Nexus but I will live vicariously for those super machines. My speed is the x299 to z570 upgrade video that Wendell recently did for Dewey.
I just ordered these components from NewEgg
I am currently thinking of:
the Asus Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard (want the 8 SATA, 2 M2s and 2NICs and to get a break from AsRock)
the MSI 6700xt Gaming X (want the 12GB RAM and as much power per dollar as I can stomach)
the new Fractal Meshify 2, Meshify 2 XL or Torrent (because I had a bad experience building in the tiny original Meshify C)