I’ve been running up against space limits in my computer. I don’t have enough hard drive space, and I’ve physically maxed out the drive bays and available SATA connections. Any improvement on my current setup means at least a bigger case and a full-ATX motherboard. There are some new technologies like 7nm chipsets or NVMe drives which I could take advantage of. So, I’ve been toying with the idea of building some huge roaring hulk of a computer, something with enough performance to
play the next Half-Life game render complex GIS projects.
Unfortunately my bank balance at the moment looks like a bumpy line trending slowly downwards.
At least for the next month I can’t spend money on anything which isn’t immediately justifiable or affordable. I’m definitely not going to buy an expensive computer right now. Also, uh, I already bought two laptops last year. 🙄
I planned my first PC build way back in 2012, and I ended up building it in 2013. In the following seven years I built two more computers, both mini-ITX builds, both on a limited budget (aiming for £500 or less). The first of these I ended up giving to my brother, and the second is the one I still use now.
There was a moment in 2018 when the memory in my current PC failed, and that was the point when I started drawing up another parts list, just in case. That list has since gone through a couple of iterations, ending up with my ideal setup below.
|Motherboard||Aorus Elite X570||£185|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 3200 MHz||~£124|
|Graphics card||Radeon RX5500 XT||£209|
|Storage||480GB SATA SSD||£56|
|500GB M.2 SSD||£100|
|Power supply||650 Watts||£70|
|Case||Full tower Obsidian 750D||£136|
|CPU cooler||Noctua NH-D15||£76|
The whole thing works out at £1,289 in total. This is without counting extras like thermal paste, and with the assumption that you’ve already got a keyboard/mouse/monitor/speakers. The fancy Noctua cooler is probably excessive, although the point of this build is not to skimp on components. Also, if you’re going to slap down £250+ on the latest zen processor, it seems a shame to leave it with the stock cooler?
I’ll keep tracking my finances, and once I continue to get a steady income again I should be able to save enough for a high-end computer within about six (seven?) months. Of course this parts list will be out of date by then…