After many years of using Macs exclusively, I decided to build a PC.
I wanted to get a Windows machine for development purposes, play a few games and have some fun with the build.
The goal was to get a computer that would last a few years while keeping the budget reasonable. I started with a (hopefuly) future-proof motherboard and a solid CPU. Got a used GPU and reused a few older parts. Here’s what I ended up with:
|CPU||Ryzen 5 3600|
|MOTHERBOARD||ASUS PRIME B550M-A|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200|
|GPU||Sapphire RX 570 Nitro+ OC 8GB|
|STORAGE||Kingston M.2 SSD 1TB|
|COOLING||ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO + 3× ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm|
|PSU||SilentiumPC Vero M2 Bronze 600W|
|CHASSIS||SilentiumPC Signum SG1 TG|
|OS||Windows 10 Professional|
There were no problems with the hardware, everything worked the first time. Phew!
The machine wasn’t very loud but I could hear the CPU fan constantly spinning up and down, reacting to small temperature changes. Very annoying. I adjusted the fan curves directly in BIOS. The fans now stay at the lowest possible speed until the temperature gets a bit higher. Turns out it never does! Even under sustained load the CPU only reaches about 45℃.
After installing Windows I used Chocolatey to install most 3rd party software and Steam to get some games.
A Hackintosh is also an option but it’s low priority because I’m going to keep using my iMac for work anyway. It is a bit slower but also dead silent, and the 5K screen is hard to beat.