I've had my past computer for about 5 years now, & recently it's been really showing its age, fast. After about a year of planning a music/gaming/media production pc, I finally narrowed down what I wanted; especially after the late release of the AMD Ryzen line. I wanted something not only capable of running most of the newest games on the pc market at 1080p 60fps, I wanted something capable of running my music production DAWs flawlessly without using all of its ability to do so. With this build I've managed to do just that. With Ryzen's 8 cores & 16 threads, I can run everything I need without a single hiccup.
My old pc was a pre-built "gaming" pc I ordered from ibuypower thru Walmart. It was alright back then in 2012, but it's getting downright impossible to use for what I need. These were the specs:
-Intel i5 Sandybridge -ASRock P67 Pro -8gb DDR3 1866 -Powercolor Radeon HD6850 1gb -Xtreme Gear 700W PSU -NZXT Gamma Case
Price paid: $1400
As you can see, those specs don't really hold up to standard these days (plus that price is ridiculous) so I went about planning a new build. I needed something that I could create my music & videos with, so I needed more cores & ram, along with being able to play the latest AAA titles at 1080p 60fps with ease. I also needed a case that could fit everything with plenty of space, that had a slot for a 5.25" disc drive, & wanted one with a glass panel to show off the internals. After narrowing down what I want/need, and a few compromises later, I came up with this list.
-AMD Ryzen 7 1700 -MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon -G.Skill 16gb DDR4 2800 -ADATA SU800 128gb SSD -Seagate Barracuda 2tb HDD -EVGA GTX 1060 6gb -Corsair RM750w PSU -Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tempered Glass -Asus CD/DVD writer -Apevia 120mm orange led fans (5 pack)
Total cost after sales/rebates: $1165.19
Not only much more powerful, but much cheaper. I was able to buy led fans and get a flashy mb, and still be in my budget. I also managed to get an SSD for the OS, which boots up MUCH faster than the old pc.
As for the looks, I wanted a pretty simplistic, neutral case so I could do whatever theme I want. I love orange so I decided to do a black/orange theme. I also wanted to go the same with the motherboard, so the black color & rgb leds of the MSI Carbon Pro was a perfect match. For the graphics card, I was going to go with an RX580, but the day I went to order last week, it seemed everyone else had the same idea, so they were all sold out. I managed to find this GTX1060 on sale for $215, so I ended up spending less than planned.
All I can say is I am blown away at just how much nicer this pc is compared to the last. I used to have stutter issues when playing back audio in my DAW, now I can export wav files from 2 seperate DAW's without going beyond 58% cpu usage, while also having multiple tabs open in Chrome & games downloading on Steam. I am planning on doing a few more upgrades in the future, such as a better graphics card (after first upgrading to a 1440p monitor) & cpu water cooler. I also have a few cosmetic upgrades planned as well, such as custom sleeved cables, orange or rgb led strip, and wood vinyl for the front and top plates of the chassis.
Building my first pc has been a great learning experience for me, & I feel like it's just the start.