My first modern build. My first AMD build.

I am a creative professional who does everything from pro-audio, photography, illustration, application development, and I'm even getting into VR Dev. Yes, I also like to game occasionally :)

I was doing builds back when we cut our own case windows. The last Mobo I purchased was for a Pentium IV. Then Macs came out with sick architecture and linux-based os. I could do a lot there and didn't have to spend so much time upgrading and geeking out on parts details. That was then.

My relatively newly purchased Mac Laptop is going to die soon. Already I can't update to the latest several OS versions. I can't run the latest Adobe stuff, rendering anything takes for ever, processing 25mPx images from my full-frame pro camera is impossibly slow and now my mac has developed the freezing mouse every ten second syndrome. I looked into a replacement and the entry-level mac-pro STARTS at $6000 before taxes. That's with a single 256 gig SSD. Forget that noise.

My goal was to build a rig that could out-run the entry level mac pro, cost 1/3rd at least, and provide something maintainable and upgradable. I want my photo editing snappy and fast. I want to expand my VR explorations and Unity development. I need to run the latest Adobe stuff and stay up to speed. I want at least 5 years, even if some upgrading is required here and there. Mostly, I want a modern computer that can handle graphics, video, and audio editing and doesn't lag on every single task.

After consulting with my network of nerdy peers, I assembled this - my first AMD Ryzen rig.

Build Notes: The motherboard was easier to setup than I expected with all the tweaky options available. At first I was worried that BIOS wasn't seeing my M2 SSD on slot M2_1. I wasn't sure if I used the correct slot or not. After some googling, I wasn't any closer to understanding why it wasn't being recognized. I decided to see if windows installer could recognize it and it did, so that was a total non-issue.

Be very careful when mounting the SSD to not drop one of those tiny, impossible to replace, screws that secures the SSD heat-sink. That added a full day of delay while I fine-tooth-combed the case for that little *******!

I had trouble with the ram when I ran both sticks single-channel. Switching to a dual channel configuration totally resolved this.

When installing windows, it will ask for an internet connection and will not recognize the wifi drivers. Just bypass this with selecting "I don't have internet".

First thing when you get into windows: Use the optical disc from Asus and install the support software and drivers. This got wifi going for me. Your system will need an optical drive unless you can get the Asus DVD onto some kind of usb medium with another system.

I'm not sure if I got this bit right: The RTX 2080 needed two power supply feeds. Now one cable from the power supply would have had all the plugs I needed to fill up the card's power slots, but I ran two cable just in case that makes a difference. I'd be happy to get rid of the spare cable, so if you know the answer to this, please comment!

I just did my first photo edit on the new rig and I'm psyched at how fast this machine is! The entire adobe suite installed lightening fast and now takes advantage of my beefy GPU. All around, my work is going to be super fast and fun now.

I ended up getting a super-cheesy keyboard/mouse/headset bundle because my local Frys was undergoing some kind of zombie apocalypse. Before I invest in a good mech keyboard, I want to test it, and all the boards on display at Frys were mutilated with tons of missing keys and stuff. The few that were in packages had been punched through and had keys stolen off of them. All the shelves in the store were nearly completely empty. The employees only communicated in grunts and wouldn't make eye contact. Truly strange.

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  • 4 months ago
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Nice build. Can you provide us so gpu/cpu load temps?

  • 4 months ago
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I would love to. Care to clue me in on how to get that info?
I've been looking for where to monitor that.

  • 4 months ago
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download hwmonitor from cpuid

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Got it. What's considered "at load" for a rig such as this? Running 3dmark or some such?

  • 4 months ago
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3dmark is short but is ok. you can do aida64 or prime95..which are 10' long runs..similar to long rendering/modeling. They use your cpu at full speed and you can monitor roughly the temps.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

AIDA64 Benchmark:

Idle: GPU: 32 c CPU: 32 c

Load: Average GPU: 50c Peak GPU: 62c

Average CPU: 50c Peak CPU: 84c

Note: Peak temps lasted less than a second, and quickly returned to average temps as the fans kicked up.