My desktop died a year or more ago and I’ve been just using my laptops since - but with AMD catching up I’m kind of excited, and ready to buy new/build. Prices are already way down on CPUs and GPUs, and cash isn’t a big problem - so I can buy whenever - but I’m sort of holding out for that sweet spot for ultra-low prices on ryzen 1 or 2, or perhaps better architecture for the buck on zen 2.
This will be mostly a bedside desktop - light gaming, streaming up to 4k vids, light audio recording/editing, probably some graphics/video/productivity stuffs - but nothing seriously resource intensive… basically general use with a little room.
Budget: flexible - requirements aren’t that high and and I’m a patient bargain shopper, so currently thinking around $450-500, roughly.
The question I have for y’all: do you guys think prices will continue to dive on 1 and 2 series ryzen leading up to zen 2, or are we already nearing rock bottom? Microcenter just dropped the 1700x to $130, which I think is a pretty good deal, particularly with the $30/off motherboard combo - and it would be enough for what I’ll ask of it… tempted to just go pick one up. I suppose I’ll at least wait until more is revealed @ computex, but what do you guys think: I could maybe wait for 3rd gen… may not need it - but possible the newer architecture will be a better value? Additionally, are GPUs prices going to continue to plummet with nav coming out, and/or Intel joining the fray?
I have a rough draft on sys builder, but it’s a beautiful night and I’m on my phone atm; not that complicated anyway so I’ll just type out what I’m thinking so far:
Thermaltake j24 mid tower case (atx) - purchased - $30 (manufacturer’s + store coupon - frys). Don’t make fun of me for the rgb and glass - bought it for price + easy build + 3 free fans!
5-600w psu - maybe evga if I catch a wed refurb or ebay deal or TBD - ideally $30-40
Ryzen 1700x? 2600? Or 3xxx? $130/TBD
Asrock or msi 350/450 mb - whatever is on sale - ideally around $40-50 with cpu/mb microcenter deal/not really set on anything here.
RX 570/80 - probably refurb or used - whichever deal turns up - maybe $100. 4gb probably fine, 8gb if only slightly more.
3ghz or better 16gb ram - currently $65-70 for various makes with the right deal - may save that till last as it seems to keep getting cheaper.
240ish gb ssd boot drive (new), various hdds I have lying around for mass storage - $30
Linux 5.x kernel for main OS; probably manjaro, ubuntu, or fedora; tbd.
This will be my first build (not counting upgrading/repurposing workstations)! Any additional advice beyond the questions I asked appreciated.