Hey all. I’ve been building pc’s for 20ish years now, but its been a while.
My current system is a AMD Phenom X4 955 (OC’d to ~4ghz), gtx 960 (originally a 560ti), 16g G.Skill ripjaw (2x8g), 2x2TB WD Blue HDDs (yeah, no SSD, I know, they were expensive 6-7 years ago!) and her rust is finally showing (though even with the 560ti, she’d run GTAV @ 1080 on med @ 30fps, which is playable and at least as good as a Xbox).
I’m a jack of all trades, sometimes gamer, sometimes music production, relearning my programming and linux skills (trying to improve the employment situation), video editing and graphic design dabbler. I pretty much live in Windows, using my Raspberry Pi to explore linux, but if my setup or a few substitutions could allow the gaming on Linux w/ GPU IOMMU Pass-through, I’d be willing to make those changes.
I’m aiming for a budget around $1500 hopefully including a nice 27" 1440 monitor (the best image quality and something that can do ~100-120hz, something that I won’t outgrow for a few years). I have a 15+ yo 20" 1680x1050 viewsonic and a dumpster saved 21" 1080 emachines currently, my desk is only 30" across. I am an overclocking enthusiast, but I don’t go to crazy extremes. I basically like to squeeze every ounce of performance out of a “budget” setup rather than try to have the craziest fastest system at any cost, so mobos/GPUs/RAM that are OC friendly are important. I also like to future-proof my rigs, one of the biggest problems with my current rig was buying a CPU at the end of its life so there were no upgrades w/o replacing CPU + MOBO + RAM. I don’t think thats the case with Ryzen seeing as its a brand new platform, but if there is rumbling in the distant future about a new socket, I’d rather wait 6 more months.
Anyway, here is the system: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6sHkVY
- Ryzen 1600x
- 2x8gb G.Skillz Trident Z DDR4 3200 (I went with 14 timings vs the 16, memory now comes in a bazillion variations from the same manufacturer, G.Sklillz alone has about 7 SKU’s for Trident Z in 3200 alone. I hope I made a wise choice. I heard 3200 was the “sweetspot” in timing/cost as most systems can’t push much farther than 3200 if they even get that fast)
- ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 mobo (From what I gather, AB350 is essentially x370 but w/o the SLI functionality. Not deadset on this, when it comes time to order, basically see which AB350 mobo is cheapest w/ the extras I want)
- Samsung 960 Pro 250gb M.2 ssd (if you go all this time without an SSD, get the fastest one on the market!)
- 2TB WD HDD (I have a brand new one in a box waiting to go into my current system but it can wait, plus I have 1 2TB HDD that I use as storage in this system I can just move over)
- Gigabyte Vega 56 - I’m torn between the Vega56 and the 1070ti. Benchmark wise they seem to be neck and neck, with maybe a tiny hair advantage to the 1070ti, but the 1070ti is also $50-100+ more than the Vega56’s are going currently. I’m not opposed to just using my 960 for another 6 months or so until the GPU market returns to normal
- FractalDesigns Define S - Haven’t spent too much time looking at cases, thats an endless rabbithole. I might even keep my current case (its a Lian-li brand… K60 or something) and move my current system into an ancient case that has a AMD Athlon barton era system in it. This is a place holder, but 50-70 bucks is my budget.
- SeaSonic Focus Plus Gold 650w PSU - Current specs have me at ~400w, I could probably swap out for a 500-550w PSU instead and save $20
Current estimated price - ~$1280
I’ll probably wait at least until Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I’d prefer to use Amazon as my CC gives me 5% bonus there.
If anyone sees anything I’m missing, has any help with the RAM or GPU (I spent several hours looking at reviews/benchmarks, games give them 1-5 fps difference and some games go to one some to the other, and the Vega56 is $50+ cheaper. Is there any architectural differences that might play out long term? The 1070ti is basically a tweaked 1080 from 18 months ago, but the Vega56 had a ~year delayed release.)