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Gaming rig / linux workstation

stulentsev

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Hello everyone,

I've put together this config and I'd like to hear y'all's thoughts on this.


Case
CORSAIR CARBIDE SERIES™ 200R COMPACT GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.9GHz/72MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® STRIX B550-F GAMING (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
64GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (4 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3070 Ti - HDMI, DP
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 (120mm) Fan CPU Cooler Black Edition
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
US International/USA - US English Language
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

A few notes about my decisions:

* This PC will dual-serve as a linux workstation. At work I often have to run a lot of docker containers, hence the 64gb of ram and the ryzen 5950x
* The primary SSD (256gb) will only host windows. I don't plan on installing heavy software or store photo collection or anything. Just windows. Games will reside in a 1TB m.2 samsung evo, which I'll take from my current build. Do I need a 512gb drive for future-proofing?
* The current machine will also donate a 2.5" ssd for my linux installation. Could this introduce any problems with booting from the windows m.2 drive?
* Monitor: [email protected] (LG 27GL850-B)
* Budget: prefer to stay under 3k EUR, but can go a bit higher

Games-wise, I pretty much only play fortnite lately, but it would be cool if this rig could deliver stable [email protected] at higher graphics settings than fortnite's "performance mode".
 
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jamiephillips909

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
The case itself is not great for airflow The cpu does not have adequate cooling and the motherboard isnt great for it either it will thermal throttle the cpu badly what monitor will you be using and what would be your max budget ?
 

stulentsev

New member
This is another iteration of a previous post: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/forums/threads/gaming-rig-linux-workstation.84796

The main points remain largely the same:

* This is intended to be a linux workstation (software development), moonlighting as a 144fps fortnite machine
* I will add two SSDs from my current machine (m.2 / 2.5")
* Monitor: [email protected] (LG 27GL850-B)
* Budget: prefer to stay under 3k EUR, but can go a bit higher

Changes since last time:

* picked another case, should have better airflow
* a bigger CPU cooler (I wanted to find some chonky Noctuas here, but they are not an option currently, it seems)
* downgraded GPU (I am mostly content with performance of my 1070, so any 30x model would be a massive improvement, I imagine)
* less RAM, but faster (Ryzens love fast RAM, or so I've heard)

The thing I don't know much about is the motherboard. Cursory googling tells me that B550 motherboards are quite good and I don't necessarily need an X570. Will this board be a bottleneck for this CPU?

Configuration link: https://www.pcspecialist.ie/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/cJZ70haSa8/

Case
COOLERMASTER MASTERBOX TD500 MESH ARGB GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.9GHz/72MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
PCS FrostFlow 150 Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
US International/USA - US English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
2 - 3 DAY DELIVERY TO REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 18 to 21 working days
Welcome Book
PCSpecialist Welcome Book - United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
 
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jamiephillips909

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.9GHz/72MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® CROSSHAIR VIII HERO WIFI (DDR4, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX/SLI) - RGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H115i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
NOT REQUIRED
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
2 - 3 DAY DELIVERY TO REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 18 to 21 working days
Price: £2,517.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.ie/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/Tf2fn4yKGj/

Most advise a hero for the 5950 better vrms power delivery onboard wifi etc would need a better cpu cooler aswell made a spec for you to show the recommendations the psu is a 850w this would allow for future upgrades like a new graphics card when the time comes if budget allowed would recommend the 1000w psu just to add that extra headroom and a bigger case to allow for a larger cpu cooler
sorry for neglecting your last thread currently working nightshift !!!
You can bump your thread to bring some attention to it if no one replys further no need to create a new one :)
If a moderator could combine these threads would be awesome
 
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