I’m getting a PC upgrade, soon!
When the bills have been payed and there’s nothing left, as a proper adult should, I’m buying the PC parts.
For good measure, I’m listing my current hardware:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
CPU Cooler: AMD stock cooler
MB: Asus Prime B450-Plus
RAM: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 3000MHz CL16
I’m keeping these parts for now:
Case: Thermaltake V200 RGB
PSU: Some Thermaltake RGB PSU
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Aorus
SSD #1: 120 GB Samsung 830 Evo
SSD #2: 240 GB Kingston
I might get the PC case as well, which is a Lian Li O11DW.
I changed the 1 TB Samsung 860 Evo to the server to get a bigger cache, and I don’t need more in my work station atm.
The case is temporary and the same goes for the PSU. I’m using them until I’ve got saved up for a replacement.
Before I post the components, I will write about my thoughts behind the parts.
I don’t want to go down on performance, and there will be more upgrades down the line.
I want to be able to use these components as my server down the line, in 5-10 years, or whenever that might be. I might upgrade my hardware in my server down the line, but if not, I want it to be suitable for server use as well. And I need RAM and cores for that since I’m running a bunch of VMs and services.
I’ve set a budget og 7.000 DKK, and I can’t go much above that, maybe 100 DKK, but that’s the absolute max.
What I’m going to order:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
CPU Cooler: Deepcool Assassin III
MB: ASUS Prime B550-Plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX White (2 x 16GB) 3000MHz CL14
I did look at the Ryzen 9 3900X, but as a PC entusiast and eternal optimist, I hoping the shared memory on the Ryzen 9 5900X will be beneficial to performance. The higher clocks definitely will, so those are the main reasons for the 5900X over the 3900X.
Since the 5900X comes without a cooler, I had to go with one. The Assassin III is a bit more noisy accordinly to reviews, but it’s also a bit better than the Noctua NH-D15.
The motherboard was the best I could find that was within the budget. The X570 is a bit pricy, and I don’t need all of the features that the X570 offers, so the B550 meets my requirements.
For the RAM, I wanted to go with the G Skill Trident Z Neo (2 x 16 GB) 3800 MHz CL14, but the price is roughy 3.200 DKK. The 3200 MHz version is ~1.800 DKK. so there’s a huge price bump for 600 MHz. And that’s not where I wanted to put 50 % of my budget, I wanted to be the CPU.
The CPU prices is more or less set in stone for the time being since it’s getting releast the 5th of november. The price is looking to be 4.399 DKK.
My current system, the Ryzen 5 2600 will replace my old i7-3770K system as my homeserver, which will help it quite a lot with the 2 extra cores it has. The frequencies aren’t as high, but I don’t need that for my purpose of my homeserver.
So, what could I do differently?
I could go with the 3900X, and buy cheaper RAM’s for the server, and reuse the RAM from my Ryzen 5 2600, and use the stock cooler for the 3900X.
Then I could go 1.500-2.000 DKK down in the total price. Which is attractive looking purely on the price.
But I wanted to spend as much as I could of the budget on the CPU, MB and RAM. Obviously the CPU Cooler belongs under the CPU “umbrella”.
All in all, if everything goes accordingly to plan, I will buy it around the 10th of november. And depending on the shipping a few days after that I will start putting it together.