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Meet my new (unplanned) rig!

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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Known internally as the 2020 "Craptop replacement build"

 

Why is it called the "2020 craptop replacement build"? For starters, until I got this system, I ran my entire setup off a laptop (specifically, an ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM). Powered by a duo consisting of a Core i7 7700H and a GTX 1060 6GB, it proved to be just about powerful enough for what I needed it for, which is gaming and photo editing although video editing proved to be a bit of a chore over time.

Anyway, those didn't matter because this year, it started giving off FAULTY_HARDWARE_CORRUPTED_PAGE BSODs. After multiple diagnoses with no clear solution in sight, I threw in the towel after it seemed to keep bluescreening with increasing frequency. For the new build, it had to meet the following criteria;

  • It needed to be suitable for a hybrid productivity and gaming workload
  • It needed to be reliable enough for sustained use over a period of time
  • It needed to have a bit of an upgrade path for more storage and such should it be required
  • It should cost no-more than $2000 for the tower itself, not including monitors and such (since they were already part of the setup)

After some time planning, asking around, looking at reviews and making and refining PC Part Picker lists, I came up with this. Bear in mind that the parts are a direct conversion of the local prices here, which is in Malaysia, so it may be inflated compared to pricing in America (or deflated given what's going on lately).

 

CPU: This one was a relatively easy pick. I had initially wanted to go with the Ryzen 9 3900X for its 12 cores and 24 threads, but doing so would've gone over-budget and needed for me to skimp on some other components. So I went with the 3700X as it still maintains excellent performance in productivity tasks whilst also being very good for gaming loads. I had considered the 3800X but for $50 more, the small bump in performance was not worth it.

 

Cooler: I went air-cooling mainly for the simplicity alongside reliability. Choosing one was surprisingly difficult due to how we don't really have that many options. I initially thought of the quite-mediocre Cooler Master MA620P until I saw that the Dark Rock 4 and its Pro variant were in stock. I went with the Dark Rock 4 due to its smaller footprint. Combined with Thermal Grizzly's Kryonaut paste, the combination proved to break absolutely no sweat with the 3700X, maintaining 63-65 degrees during a Prime95 Small FFTs stressload. The case has a CM SF360R kit of 3-in-1 120mm fans as intakes with the 2 included case fans being used as a rear and top exhaust.

 

Motherboard: This one took a bit of time to decide. The MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX was my initial pick but it was pretty much impossible to find in-stock. Upon finding out that the ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus was in stock (the only good $200 AM4 board in stock at the time), I grabbed it. The TUF isn't particularly feature-packed but it is also a rock-solid board.

 

RAM: Let's be honest, I'm not a fan of RGB memory but it was difficult to find good 16GBx2 kits at all, let alone non-RGB ones. The SPECTRIX D60Gs were the best ones available and they have performed quite well so far, being stable at XMP speeds and also has some headroom for tuning and overclocking if I so choose to despite its Hynix CJRs being not nearly as forgiving as variants with the venerable B-dies from Samsung. And I may or may not be allured by the RGB....just a bit....I swear.

 

Storage: To save on cost, I repurposed the XPG SX8200 Pro that I had gotten as an upgrade for my laptop. It's a great speedy SSD that I got for a reasonable price. Mass storage as of this time is handled by a Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB hard drive, with a future 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD being planned in the future for game storage.

 

GPU: This one took months due to the big GPU shortage of 2020 from human malware. Many GPU variants were not in stock, notably 2070 Supers. Tracking one down proved to be difficult and the ones that were in stock were either fitted with mediocre coolers or were just plain overpriced in 2080 Super territory. After nearly a month, I finally managed to track down a Gaming X Trio AIB version of the 2070S. The card is absolutely MASSIVE but it really does perform, maintaining 65-67 degrees in games without making any noise louder than a silent whirr with clockspeed boosted to 1950MHz.

 

PSU: I got real lucky with this one. The great PSU shortage has caused many PSUs to not only be out of stock but also inflated their prices to such extremes. However, I managed to snag an in-stock RM750i for MSRP, which was a real lucky find. From the beginning, I knew my build needed to be powered by a quality PSU and while 750W is quite overkill for this set of hardware, a benefit is that during heavy loads, the PSU is pretty much near its peak efficiency.

 

Case: I initially had looked at NZXT's H510i as I am enamored by its clean design but was concerned about its limited airflow. Due to that, I also looked at the H500P Mesh until I stumbled across the NR600 in a Gamers Nexus video. Given that it looked to combine the NZXT's aesthetic with great airflow, I knew that no matter what, I had to get that case. And as luck would have it, it shortly came back in stock, and I got it. Great performance in terms of airflow and while it's not the nicest to build in, there are still solid cable management points although I did get quite a lot of help with that.

 

OS: Just repurposed my ancient Windows 7 Ultimate license. Got Windows 10 Pro without an additional upgrade fee.

 

So far, everything works perfectly. I'm planning further upgrades like the aforementioned SSD alongside a third monitor like the LG 27GL850 listed in the part list.

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The Workhorse

R7 3700X | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SX8200P + 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda Compute | Windows 10 Pro

 

The Portable Station

Core i7 4700MQ | GT 750M | 16GB DDR3-1600 | 250GB 850 Evo | Windows 10

 

Samsung Galaxy Note8 SM-N950F

Exynos 8895 ARM Mali G71 MP20 | 6GB LPDDR4 | 64GB internal + 128GB microSD | 6.3" 1440p "Infinity Display" AMOLED | Android Pie 9.0 w/ OneUI

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Some further images, starting with the components...

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The Workhorse

R7 3700X | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SX8200P + 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda Compute | Windows 10 Pro

 

The Portable Station

Core i7 4700MQ | GT 750M | 16GB DDR3-1600 | 250GB 850 Evo | Windows 10

 

Samsung Galaxy Note8 SM-N950F

Exynos 8895 ARM Mali G71 MP20 | 6GB LPDDR4 | 64GB internal + 128GB microSD | 6.3" 1440p "Infinity Display" AMOLED | Android Pie 9.0 w/ OneUI

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Posted · Original PosterOP

And the actual build itself...

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The Workhorse

R7 3700X | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SX8200P + 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda Compute | Windows 10 Pro

 

The Portable Station

Core i7 4700MQ | GT 750M | 16GB DDR3-1600 | 250GB 850 Evo | Windows 10

 

Samsung Galaxy Note8 SM-N950F

Exynos 8895 ARM Mali G71 MP20 | 6GB LPDDR4 | 64GB internal + 128GB microSD | 6.3" 1440p "Infinity Display" AMOLED | Android Pie 9.0 w/ OneUI

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