Need to build a new PC Box:
(Nov 2017, Australian prices $AUD)
Uses: Some gaming (on cheapish AOC 27” Monitor @ 1920 x 1080 60Hz, unconcerned about high refresh rates & ultra texture detail etc.), some high-res image & video editing, other general programs.
Onboard Sound is fine, uninterested in water cooling or gaming bling/colourful lighting, unlikely to overclock much.
Current Box is a bit of a mix with various parts replaced / changed over the years etc.
Current PC Specs @ Oct17:
CPU – Intel Core2Duo E6400 LGA775 (Feb07)
M/B – Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L LGA775 (Dec09)
SOUND – Onboard Realtek ALC883
LAN – Onboard Atheros AR8131
GPU – Asus 256MB 7600GS PCI-e (Feb07)
RAM – 4GB DDR2-800 PC6400 Low Density (2 x 2GB Dual Channel)
HD0 – Internal Seagate SATA2 250GB 16MBcache (Feb07)
HD1 – Internal Seagate SATA2 320GB 16MBcache (Feb07)
HD2 – External Toshiba Canvio USB 1TB (Data Backup)
OPTICAL – Pioneer DVR-107D DVDRW IDE
CASE – Antec Sonata II Midi ATX (Feb07)
PSU – Aywun A80+ A1-550S 550W ATX (May14)
MON1 – AOC 27” E2752VQ 2ms DP LCD (@ 1920 x 1080, 60Hz) (Apr14)
MON2 – HP 24” LP2475W 6ms DVI H-IPS TFT LCD (@ 1920 x 1200, 60Hz) (Apr14)
KB – Thermaltake Poseidon Z Wired USB (Apr16)
Mouse – Asus Rog Gladius Wired USB (Apr16)
SPKR – Sony SRS-D8 3-pc incl. Sub
PRINT – Canon Pixma MP810 Multifunction USB (Feb07)
O/S – MS Win7 Ultimate
I’ve got a new GPU: ASUS Radeon RX480 4GB (Dual-RX480-O4G PCI-e) to use in the new Box
I’ll continue to use all the peripherals: Dual Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse etc.
I’ll be installing a fresh new Windows installation, perhaps my Win7 Ultimate, or a new Win10 EDU version.
New Box: 01Nov17: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/WyN6kT
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core 65W Box ~$280
M/B: Asus STRIX B350-F Gaming ATX AM4 ~$170
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M2B3000C15, 15-15-15-36) ~ $500
GPU: ASUS Radeon RX480 4GB Dual-RX480-O4G PCI-e (already own)
STORAGE: Crucial 1.1TB MX300 M.2-2280 SSD (CT1050MX300SSD4) ~$380
CASE: Fractal Design Define R5 (Titanium) ATX Mid Tower ~$160
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA Series G2 750 Modular 750W 80+ Gold ~$150
OPTICAL: ASUS DVD/CD Writer SATA ~$18
RAM: I’ll hopefully clock the RAM to 2666 or 2933 MHz OK (I’ve found the online Memory Qualified Vendors List for this mainboard & it does list that RAM)
I could save ~$250 & use a 16GB (2 x 8GB) Kit instead, mainly going 32GB to future-proof & allow for potential heavier high-res media editing etc.
MAINBOARD: I’d look at a BIOS update before installing Windows, & whilst this Asus STRIX B350-F has gaming lighting (which I’m not concerned with) it seems well-reviewed & good quality.
STORAGE: I like the idea of a large single SSD, even though the Crucial MX300 M.2 reportedly performs at relatively slow speeds compared to the much more expensive Samsung Evo & Pro units? I’m thinking it should still hum along nicely, especially compared to the 5400/7200rpm mechanical HDDs.
Am hoping this is detected fine in the mainboard, & the new Windows installation from USB stick will work fine on it?