Replacing an old broken PC, opinions welcome!

PG_2020

Member
Hi, I'd greatly appreciate opinions on the below build, thanks!

My old PC finally bought the farm yesterday but it gave me plenty of years use so I can't complain.

I'm willing to spend extra for a certain amount of future-proofing like I had with my previous PC. I use it mostly for things like browsing the internet, writing documents on MS word and some not too complex photo-editing. I rarely play games but its nice to be able to put the settings up high when I do so (last game series I played was Mass Effect, and I sometimes play the flight sim DCS World, though Cyberpunk 2077 has caught my eye).

I don't know much about technology but I'm OK with replacing simple things like graphics cards etc.

And a little explanation for some of my choices below:

12TB internal hard-drive - I'm not a hoarder in real life, but I am one online. I have 20 years worth of material saved and I like to keep it in one place (with appropriate back-ups of course)

500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 - I'd like to go for the 1TB version, but its currently out of stock.

CORSAIR 750W RMx - I had a bad experience with my last PC bought online, it kept crashing while playing Mass Effect. Despite what the experts told me I was right when I thought the power-unit was the problem. So I'm playing it safe this time.

ASUS STRIX Soar 7.1 PCIe sound card - I like to listen to music while using my PC, and the sound card I previously had made an appreciable difference.

I have a 4K Samsung monitor, not sure the exact type but its three or four years old now.

Thank you in advance! :)

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Case
CORSAIR OBSIDIAN SERIES™ 750D FULL TOWER CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Six Core CPU (3.7GHz-4.6GHz/35MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF X570-PLUS GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
6GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2060 - HDMI, DP - VR Ready!
1st Storage Drive
12TB SEAGATE IRONWOLF PRO 3.5", 7200 RPM 256MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Noctua NH-U14S Ultra Quiet Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
ASUS STRIX Soar 7.1 PCIe sound card
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 PORT (1 x TYPE A, 1 x TYPE C) USB 3.1 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KK3-00002]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Supplied on USB Drive
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Firefox™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS & UK OFFSHORE ISLANDS / N IRELAND
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 15 to 17 working days
Price: £2,041.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/TY3QyusRgT/
 

Ash_

Master Poster
I’m just going to start with this... i’m no expert, but i have a 2060 and for what you want, i think it would happily do it now.

but it’s already old tech, so i’d probably look at getting a 3060ti personally.
 

PG_2020

Member
I’m just going to start with this... i’m no expert, but i have a 2060 and for what you want, i think it would happily do it now.

but it’s already old tech, so i’d probably look at getting a 3060ti personally.

I see, thank you :)
 

PG_2020

Member
Be good to know more about the monitor, must be a model number on it somewhere, also, whats your budget

Just checked, its a U28E590D model, and I'd be willing to pay around £2000 (my previous PC lasted almost 15 years, granted with bits and pieces upgraded along the way). Thanks.
 

PG_2020

Member
Just one bump because I'm going to order the above today unless anyone has any suggestions? One other question, as my monitor is now three or four years old does anyone have a recommendation for a 4K monitor, it would be for art use mostly, gaming very much secondary.

Thank you :)
 

Bigfoot

Grand Master
What is your budget for a monitor? BenQ make many specialist monitors for editing, art, etc. They may cost a bit more than gaming monitors in some cases, but are god value when compared with other specialiist manufacturers.
 

Gavras

Master Poster
Just one bump because I'm going to order the above today unless anyone has any suggestions? One other question, as my monitor is now three or four years old does anyone have a recommendation for a 4K monitor, it would be for art use mostly, gaming very much secondary.

Thank you :)
Have a look through Display Ninja, they cover reviews for more art orientated screens.

if you go 4K and are also gaming on it, it’s likely better to go RTX 3080.

The 3060Ti will not be a good fit gaming on a decent 4K screen.

Although I hate to say it, Colour Gamut is pretty critical for Art / Photo use, you want to check to see if factory setup, and / or supports hardware calibration - read up on that and check out reviews.

Depending on type of art, you may also want one that changes easily from landscape to portrait.

It really depends on budget as you can easily hit £1k budget for a screen in this area.

there is also a bit of trade of with backlight, blur etc.
 

PG_2020

Member
What is your budget for a monitor? BenQ make many specialist monitors for editing, art, etc. They may cost a bit more than gaming monitors in some cases, but are god value when compared with other specialiist manufacturers.
Well I paid £300 I think for my current one, I don't think I'd go above £500. Gavras below has recommended the Display Ninja website so I'll have a look at that. Thanks. :)
 

PG_2020

Member
Have a look through Display Ninja, they cover reviews for more art orientated screens.

if you go 4K and are also gaming on it, it’s likely better to go RTX 3080.

The 3060Ti will not be a good fit gaming on a decent 4K screen.

Although I hate to say it, Colour Gamut is pretty critical for Art / Photo use, you want to check to see if factory setup, and / or supports hardware calibration - read up on that and check out reviews.

Depending on type of art, you may also want one that changes easily from landscape to portrait.

It really depends on budget as you can easily hit £1k budget for a screen in this area.

there is also a bit of trade of with backlight, blur etc.
Thank you, that's really helpful!
 
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