Picking the parts for new computer

As I outlined on my previous post I am putting together a new computer. Here are the pieces I bought or acquired so far, with links to company web sites.

I am trying to gather some parts for some time now for my new computer system. I decided not to go so budget except the parts I already have or find from old friends. For the sake of transparency, I note down which ones I bought and how I bought, and which ones I acquired without paying (gifts, borrowing, and like that).

Chassis: I had some rants about RGB craze, so I am completely going classic here. With a suggestion for my plea of LED’less chassis, a follower of mine told me about Cooler Master’s MasterCase 5. LED’less, windowless, fairly large with dust filters on intakes. Great case for the case. Bought through an SI with 8% discount.

Processor: I had an AMD Ryzen 2700 standing still at office. So I borrowed it for the system.

Motherboard: I was going to buy a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming, but when I asked friends at Gigabyte local office, they just lent me a B450 Aorus Pro. Why Gigabyte? They build the motherboards with least frivolities. I am using a UP4 on my current AMD FM2 system and it still works without a hitch. Sooner or later I am going to buy an X470 to see how UEFI/BIOS update during Ryzen 3000 series for desktop launch gives an old motherboard PCIe 4.0 support. I need to test stuff, yeah.

Memory: I was searching through famous Samsung B-die memory modules which work at 3200 MHz with CL14 latency, I was not able to find them locally. So my brother was coming over to Turkey so I ordered Team Dark Pro with mentioned specs as 8GB x 2 modules. Bought them through US etail.

Cooler: Even if my 65-Watt TDP processor has a very good cooler in the box, I aim for a totally silent cooling with little effort. One of the best silent and powerful air coolers out there is NH D15. I bought the Noctua NH D15 SE-AM4 model which is exclusive for AM4 socket. The box also includes two silent and high performance fans to use with the large, 6-heatpipe heatsink. I bought from an SI with 21% discount.

Power supply: With the suggestion from my colleague, I went for 80+ Gold-certified Corsair RM750i. 750 Watts of power with over 90% power efficiency on half load this one was a great choice. i suffix denotes that this power supply has an USB connection to the motherboard and provide real-time information about load, power drawn, power supplied, fan spin speed, voltage and load on power rails. Also you can switch between single rail and dual rail configuration on some models. Better than this, all RM-something series of Corsair has a silent fan. This means, at %40 load and room temperature, fan will not spin. This means less noise, less dust accumulated over time. There is no light or whatsoever to tell you about if PSU is working, there is a fan test button to see if it is working before you power up the system.

Graphics card: We have a Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8GB lying around at office. I borrowed it for the system. I personally have an old Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB and Asus Radeon RX 550 4GB but none of them would match RX 580.

Storage: I like no moving parts. That was the case for some time. So I opted for a Samsung 970 EVO 1 TB. Bought it from US etail for my brother to deliver. Note that there is a huge price gap between TR and US. 600 TBW durability level is enough, so I did not pick the PRO part which doubles to 1200 TBW durability level with a minor performance upgrade.

This is it. It will be up and running next week. I’ll share some photos when it is done.


Update (2019.01.21): You can see photos here on my Turkish blog post which is roughly a translation of this one.

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