Sunday, 7 July 2019

Custom Desktop PC - but not self built

Yet again, it seems like I haven't posted in forever! So, in my latest post I will be talking about my custom desktop PC.

Now, I didn't build this myself as I was on a budget - however it is a brand new PC. I purchased it in March and it arrived two weeks later. I purchased it from AWD-IT.

Now, first things first, when I take you through the specifications you are going to notice one thing very clearly. It has an AMD CPU. This is something that I would never have considered for a brand new computer in the past, however I had to due to the budget that I was on. In addition to the AMD CPU, it also has an AMD Radeon GPU. Clearly a very AMD based machine then, isn't it.

Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 Core CPU
16GB of  Memory
AMD Radeon  RX580 from PowerColor with 8GB of VRAM.
512GB SSD
1TB HD (taken from my old desktop PC)

So, how does it feel to be using a brand new desktop PC? Well, firstly, I have never actually owned one before. I have owned brand new laptops, but all of my previous desktops were second hand. This new PC replaced a Dell Precision 490 that I bought in 2015. That Dell PC was new in 2007 and had a Xeon processor and much more basic graphics card with 1GB of VRAM.

Well - the upgrade has been amazing. The speed increase is fantastic and the ability to run applications that I couldn't before, or that would take ages to do anything on due to the age of the computer and its components is amazing.The only issue, I'd say, is around the cooling. It does run quite hot, which is to be expected, however I was able to easily fit a second fan to the rear of the machine to help with the exhaust. I would've fitted another to the top, however this is where the lighting strip is cabled in. In addition, due to a lack of fan connectors on the board, I am having to use an IDE/Molex power adapter to connect to power the additional fan. This means that it is consistently running at full speed. I could, I guess, purchase a PCIe fan controller in the future to help me out if this is something that is required, especially given the noise coming from the computer.

All in all, I would actually recommend doing something like this if you are on a budget. It works out to be cheaper, especially if you go for an AMD processor instead of an Intel one.


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