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- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core
- Motherboard: Asus B450M-A Prime Gaming. Prior: Gigabyte B450 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4*.
- GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB MINI
- CPU Cooler: Be quiet! Dark Rock 4
- RAM Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
- SSD Drive: Crucial 1TB M.2 SSD (x2)
- Chassis: Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower (video)
- Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX
- Operating System: Pop! OS (video)
- Monitor: AOC 24G2 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz C24G1. Secondary: Samsung 226bw
- Case Fan: Arctic BioniX F120 (x6)
- Keyboard: Vortex Race 3 RGB - Silent Black. Prior: Wooting One Red RGB Wired Standard
- Mouse: Cooler Master MM711
- Headphones: Sennheiser HD 559. Backup: Sennheiser HD 206
- Ereader: Kobo Clara HD
- Webcam: Logitech C920
- Microphone: Fifine USB Cardioid Studio Condenser 669B
- Desk: Ikea PÅHL Green
- Chair: Herman Miller Aeron
- Lighting: Lume Cube Panel Mini (video) (code)
- VR: HTC Vive
This is the PC I intended to take overseas with me again. Upgrading before I moved. CPU had been overheating something fierce continuously when I was trying to multitask so figured it was time for the upgrade.
CPU / CPU Fan: This is my first Ryzen and I waited a few years till the decent ones dropped down to a better price. I'm an old school AMD girl, so... I've been excited to see how they have been out-competing Intel in recent years. I went with the Be Quiet! because even though I like noctua fans for the silencer adaptors and have had them before and I can't handle the mesh of colour inside the rig. As I tend to like peering into my PC's window occasionally, so I ended on the be quiet! which looks sexy. The be quiet! had been too large for the prior Carbide Spec-4 case.
Chassis: I got the 275R because Corsair fixed all the problems it had, it was a good price, and I liked the look of it being unique with still airflow in the front. No yellow though this time which is a bit sad, but very hard to get a nice yellow case. Not much you can do about that. The nice cutouts at the front of the Carbide are nice, though I did consider the Kolink VOID tower, cause it's a fucking triangle at the front :3. But of course I don't know Kolink well and it hasn't got great cooling at the front due to the structure of the triangle so I opted for Corsair instead. The 275R is nice though so I'm overall pleased. I liked the caseking sent me candy in the box as well, I love sour worms :3. When traveling from Australia to China about 3 years ago the PC arrived fine. When repacking my bags and trying to make sure my PC was very securely placed by pushing it down against the soft things under it. I accidently cracked the PC window. So... the case needed an upgrade for quite some time.
GPU: I decided to keep my 1060, as it's functioning fine, I may get a 3000 series for my next upgrade.
Keyboard: Tried out the Wooting keyboard but I'm going to have to change again because I need silent Cherry keys. Hard to find a nice keyboard plus the silent range of Cherry keys and not pay hundreds of dollars for a custom build... Ended up with the Vortex eventually. I like 84 key german (DE) keyboards the best because I have small hands and I like the layout generally more than the US. It's nearly the same but has the smaller shift button giving me an extra easily accessible key.
Monitor: The issue with the monitor is that because I move relatively frequently, shipping an amount of monitors or flying with them in luggage, is risky and they take up a lot of room. So I don't tend to care too much about the quality of my monitors as long as they are above 21" as I can't keep them for too long.
Motherboard / RAM / SSD: I had a long discussion about the 450, 550 or X570. As to whether I would be upgrading sooner rather than later and whether the jump to the X570 was worth it. I decided by the time I get something which requires above a X570, I would just upgrade the board with the new CPU. There was a stronger tossup between the 550 or 450 but there wasn't much point paying for a higher priced board if I was going to stick with this CPU for a while as both were compatible and I would need something above a X570 by upgrade time likely. I regret buying the Aorus a bit, because it broke and I wasn't totally sold on it to begin with. Usually I buy Asrock or Gigabyte, because of all the recent shitty news about MSI meant wasn't buying their products again, but I should have gone with Asrock. Ram upgrade came alongside this to go with the motherboard and cpu. Bought some M.2 SSDs to stick on the motherboard because I realised my old SSD was bottom of the range and it's speed wasn't great.
* Bought a Asus B450M-A Prime Gaming, due to prior Gigabyte B450 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 malfunctioning. Pretty common error for it to have from what I was reading, but might have happened during travel. Had this problem: X570 Aorus Pro cold boot hangs on dram led, Red Cpu / Dram Light - System won´t boot, and X570 Aorus Aorus Wifi Frequent Light. PC would just shut itself off randomly. Memory Light on the Board would turn on, upon restart the CPU light would be on. Sometimes would boot back on after just switching off the power supply, then power board, then repeat. But sometimes it would take 10 mins walking away and coming back, sometimes would take 40-50 turn on and offs to properly glitch on. Wasn't great feeling. Wasn't related to anything I was doing, I wasn't surging the memory. On a few occasions I put on temperature tracking and had it in the background and when tabbing over it was never an issue. So, no idea the original cause. Though when I was in germany it did flicker when it would turn on, like it would short circuit a little. Didn't think too much of it cause everything was flowing smoothly. Possibly it was defected as soon as I bought it but took time to decline. No idea. I tossed up between a Asus B450M-A and a Asus B450M-Plus. Decided on the A due to knowing I'd upgrade to a higher Ryzen probably in a year or two and there was no difference in specs based on what I needed. Also it was cheaper, obviously, being a mATX board.
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