A build mainly focused on a strong upgrade path. Despite slight compromises in performance, I wanted to build this focusing on the long run. Mainly going to use this build for Music production and Gaming, with some light Video editing too! I really love how this turned out to be and didn't face much trouble putting this altogether. It ain't much, but it's still a reasonably expensive system.
- CPU: I chose a Ryzen 7 2700 for a couple of reasons, main reason being the time I bought it. I bought the parts of this build right after the release of Zen 2, and while I could've gotten a Ryzen 5 3600, they weren't in stock where I live and the older Ryzen 7 significantly dropped in price. Gaming wise they're very similar however. The 8 cores/16 threads make up for an excellent experience in Music production, or productivity work in general and I'm extremely pleased I'm able to pick this build up.
- Motherboard: Arguably the best B450 ATX motherboard in the whole platform, what more could you ask for? The main reason I bought this is because of the amazing VRMs for the price and thus, the mobo offers substantial overclocking headroom. It's definitely future-proof if I want to get a 3rd gen Ryzen 7 in the future as well! The aesthetics also look nice since I wanted a white-themed build.
- RAM: 32GB of DDR4 all the way. Not much to explain here, since this PC is built with music production in mind 32GB of RAM is absolutely necessary.
- SSD: Found these on a pretty steep sale at a local retailer so I had to buy it. One of the best mainstream NVMe SSDs in the market (of course PCIe 4.0 NVMe is out but only X570 supports it) so what more could you ask for really? Oh yeah it's only 250GB so that's not really much.
- HDD: Went with a reasonable Toshiba 2TB HDD, since I've read a couple of good reviews on Toshiba's HDDs online. To be honest wish I had invested more in the storage department of my build but it's enough for the present I guess.
- GPU: Not gonna lie this might be one of the parts that I regret getting the most considering AMD just released the RX 5600XT not long ago. The 1660Ti isn't bad, but the new Navi GPU definitely killed it by offering too amazing value for money. I chose EVGA because of it's reliability and that it also fits the build aesthetics.
- Case: Definitely one of my favorite "minimal" case designs in the market, the NZXT H510 has all I need for an amazing build experience and aesthetics. Previously I wanted a H710 but it was a tad bit over my budget. Fine case nonetheless!
- PSU: Here's an amazing PSU for the future. The Corsair RM (2019) 750W PSU is one of the best PSUs in the current market mainly for a couple of reasons. Outstanding build quality, Fully modular, 80+ Gold certified, 10 year warranty. Based on what I know, the RM is a very minor cutdown of the RMx line, with Hong Hua fans instead of Corsair fans and non-Japanese caps. They're definitely a bang for the buck for me.
- Monitor: A very interesting monitor. Don't mind the "HDR" branding, HDR on that monitor is utterly terrible. Apart from that everything is pretty good! 75Hz, Widescreen and Freesync for around $230, this monitor is perfect for light gaming and productivity work and the widescreen helps with music production a lot.
Amazing for the price! You won't find any ATX B450 motherboard in the platform with VRMs better than this really, and the good heatsinks also make this board insanely bang for buck. Two downsides I have for this is that there aren't any USB 3.2 gen 2x2 headers (as my case has front panel USB-C), and that the rear I/O is even worse than the Mortar.
Here's an amazing PSU for the future. The Corsair RM (2019) 750W PSU is one of the best PSUs in the current market mainly for a couple of reasons. Outstanding build quality, Fully modular, 80+ Gold certified, 10 year warranty. Based on what I know, the RM is a very minor cutdown of the RMx line, with Hong Hua fans instead of Corsair fans and non-Japanese caps. They're definitely a bang for the buck for me.