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Going back to Desktop

by Algis

Description

Some Tests, overclocking to 5GHz and more photos here

Monitor and video card are still on the way, but everything else is already assembled and being tested. Its long time I had a desktop PC and for some time was only laptop user so now I really had fun building it.

Purpose of this desktop was software development (VisualStudio .NET mostly), learning and experimenting with deep neural networks (participating in some courses now), some gaming (Fallout 4, Battlefield series). Also wanted to last so was building it for future, I hope.

CPU

Intel was an obvious choice, never been AMD user. Now they have 8th series with 4 cores for i3 and even 6 cores for i5 and i7.

Decided to go with Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor as it is in a nice middle and has really nice overclocking capabilities up to 5000MHz.

Cooler

While investigating current market stumbled upon Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler. It had really positive reviews and competitive price so decided to go with it. And it even has RGB feature. And I really like AIO as I will not have to mess with it very much for the moment.

Motherboard

Had to find something for the Intel 8th gen supported  z370 chipset. Had a requirement for double M.2 slots, VGA output for old monitor support, 64GB ram support. And the winner was MSI - Z370 PC PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard. And it even has some RGB lightning and it will be sweet for the case I have selected.

Memory

Wanted to use single 16GB slot so after reading some reviews went for Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory. And after that I have 3 more free slots for future upgrades.

Storage

For time being was considering 500GB SSD drive. An M.2 slot was a good choice to save some space in a case. Also wanted some good brand. Was thinking for some time between m.2 PCIe vs M.2 SATA, but considering the price and minor gain decided that M.2 PCIe is just not worth it now. So at the end went for Western Digital - Blue 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive.

Video Card

Oh, how do I hate this mining craze. Was not aware of current market prices and was blown away when found out that most of the cards are out of stock and those that left are sold almost with double prices. For deep learning I was looking for at least 1060 with most video ram possible, unfortunately, miners are looking for the same. Anyway, after some searching I have found some good deal (i hope) on Amazon for Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card for 543EUR and it is on its way now.

Case

Last time I had a desktop it was a brown dull box under the table that was as much fun as looking at bubble gum stuck on your shoe. This time I wanted something different and more fun. Ant the end I decided to go with Thermaltake - View 31 TG RGB ATX Mid Tower Case. Price is good, looks is good, airflow is good, tempered glass is good, RGB fans are good.

Power Supply

Wanted something rated and with more power than most calculators show. Also, it had to be modular and good looking. And that was Cooler Master - MasterWatt 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply.

Monitor

As for time being I am using mostly laptops, monitors I own were either old or very old. For this card I have selected I wanted a 144Hz monitor. Also wanted it to have some speakers, VGA, HDMI, video and some USB ports. And the only choice for the reasonable price was AOC - G2460PF 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor. I will not be using FreeSync but all GSync monitors were way out of a budget.

*Update

Vide card has arrived, build is really complete :)

Passmark results with overclocked CPU and stock 1070

*UPDATE-2 and Warning!

had some issues with this PSU, changing it!

*UPDATE-3

Changed cooler fans with more quiet ones!

Part Reviews

CPU

Six physical cores and easily overclocks to 5GHz - win win. More than enough for gaming and other home pc tasks.

CPU Cooler

Good price, silent, RGB with separate controller (or it can be connected to the motherboard if it has RGB connection), works perfectly with 5GHz overclocked i5-8600k. Not sure for how long it will last but at the moment it works perfectly and I recommend it.

Memory

Looks very good. Easily overclocks. I wish a price would be lower a bit.

Case

I like look and design of the case. Happy with it!

Power Supply

Low noise. Very happy with it. Some photos here.

Comments Sorted by:

NuttyNeo 4 points 6 months ago

INteL wAs ObVIouS ChOiCe

Algis submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah I know, cant believe it myself, but will see when it arrives ( tomorrow ), hope it will not be an empty box 8-)

collin1103 1 point 6 months ago

Somehow I bought a brand new zotac 1080 ti amp on newegg for $850 or 685€

Algis submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Wow, nice!