Description

This computer was built over a the last year to become the living room gaming system. It runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and is used to play Steam games on the TV. Two Xbox One controllers connect to it over Bluetooth.

There was a first iteration that reused an Antec Sonata III case and a Seagate hard disk from 2008. A new motherboard (GA-AB350M-DS3H), CPU (Ryzen 3 1600X), and GPU (Nvidia GTX 1060) were bought as a major upgrade. It was running quite nicely! At some point I wanted a bit more power, but I was afraid the decade-old 500W PSU could cause stability issues. The Fractal Design case and SeaSonic PSU replaced the old parts. There were good deals on the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and that seemed like a great upgrade. I added a $500 open-box GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU in case we wanted to play VR games in the future.

Unfortunately, the system died during an overnight memtest run and couldn't boot anymore. I thought I had managed to brick the motherboard because of a corrupted BIOS. I bought a replacement motherboard and new RAM. That board still didn't boot so we suspected the CPU was dead. It would take a while to receive a replacement CPU, so I picked a Ryzen 5 2600X at a local store. Finally the computer POSTed and everything worked! The second-gen Ryzen doesn't seem to handle the max RAM frequency, but 2933 MHz seems just fine.

This system will eventually be upgraded with the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and improved cooling.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

if you have kids, they probably love this thing...

almost as much as I do...

+1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

why X570?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Mostly to avoid the risk of having to flash a BIOS to get Ryzen 3rd gen support. Perhaps it's not justified, but the price for that board was similar to other equivalent B450 boards around Black Friday. I can't find anything particularly wrong about that board.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like the way you were approaching this build but try to have better cable placement and cable management to look more professional.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't say I built this one in a rush to get it working, but I'm still learning about how to properly set up a PC for the aesthetics. The fan cables are definitely badly set up, and some nicer power cables wouldn't hurt.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The fans are good for performance but made do they look ugly.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

is the extra 4pin atx power plugged in? if not does it affect performance?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Only the 8-pin socket has been connected. This should be sufficient even with light overclocking for this CPU. If I ever try to push it to higher speeds and need to raise voltage, I can always bring an extra cable from the PSU.