Description

Blender modeling & animating, web development, and VR gaming.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Incredible BIOS. (I'm still used to grey and blue DOS-like text.) Fun RGB (I'm still not impressed with the gimmick.) Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi will cut down on wire clutter (especially if I get Bluetooth peripherals.) Easy-to-read board labels. Command Center software really makes adjusting settings and even updating the BIOS stupidly easy.

Plugging in an Oculus Quest via the official Link cable to the VR-ready USB 3.1 ports still results in Oculus errors though. I just want to compare Oculus Medium with Gravity Sketch and SculptrVR! (And then play Boneworks and maybe Alyx.)

Memory

I tend to have 1-2 MS Office apps, 50 chrome tabs, 2-3 Adobe CC programs, Blender, and half-a-dozen other apps open at all times on my computers. The motherboard above has 4 RAM slots and says it can support 32GB more. (I'm sure in a few years, the suggested RAM will be > 16 and my use-case will need > 32GB. These sticks hopefully increase the chances that I and this computer will be able to keep up.) Still trying to learn how to safely mess with A-XMP profiles that will let me use all 3200MHz without toasting my computer... suggestions?

Storage

Super easy to install, zero space lost in case, quiet, and blazing fast - all my previous OS drives have been HDDs. My computer now boots to the login screen faster than the television it's currently connected to can get itself started.

Video Card

Chosen by $/fps comparison. Blender Cycles by GPU compute is fun now. VRMark ~ 7,100. First personally purchased non-onboard graphics. I might be in trouble though: does a new dedicated graphics card always make you want to purchase another better (and more expensive) graphics card and games to take advantage of it?

Case

Easy panels. (Yey, thumbscrews!) Plenty of space in PSU bay. Easy 3.5" trays. Plenty of screws included. (All in the same bag though.) 1 fan included but plenty of opportunity for more. Lots of filtered ventilation. It felt like the standoffs were about a mm off though and I had to smash the motherboard to get it attached. (Like the PCB might crack as the later screws pulled it into position.) Not the biggest fan of RGB case decoration, so metal side panels instead of glass/acrylic wasn't a negative IMO. Sturdy feet are part of main body and not just glued-on rubber things. Feels really sturdy for being so relatively cheap.

Power Supply

Cheap PSU with compatible pins for my motherboard and enough overhead wattage (and maybe enough for a few more upgrades without getting a new PSU.)

The hardest part of this build though came about because the power cable for the mother board was about an inch short. (I was kind of looking forward to attempting actual cable management and then the only way this cable would reach was to route it all the way across the board (and probably putting strain on the CPU fan and bending the power pins a little.) I had to unscrew the PSU, push it forward, pull the cable across the board, plug it in, and then slide the PSU back into position. I dread the day something snaps.

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Comments

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

How is the system going? I'm doing a build for a relative at the moment. I'm agonising over getting the Ryzen 5 2600 or 3600. Probably should just go the lastest if affordable.