Back in 2013 I did a PC build for a friend that needed a video editing / gaming pc. We must have done something right because years later it was still being used mostly unchanged. The only major things upgraded/replaced over the years was a new CPU cooler and a new GPU. 8 years is an eternity in the PC Hardware World though, and the new AMD Ryzen 5950 is just too awesome to ignore. So my friend decided that yes, it was in fact time to upgrade that old PC.
We reused a number of components from the old PC: Hard Drives, Power Supply, CPU Cooler, and GPU. We could have re-used the old case, but it was not holding up all that great. I had a Define R5 I wasn’t using, so it got donated to the new build. The Define R5 is actually a pretty good choice for this build with all of the mounting options it has for hard drives.
The only new components purchased for this build were: Processor, Motherboard, RAM, NVMe SSD
I built most of my new PC back in February with the plan on getting a GPU later. Well I got one now. It wasn’t really the one I wanted, and the price to performance is pretty poor value, but I was tired of the GPU hunt and decided to settle. Behold my new EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING, a stupid card for a stupid time, but its better then nothing. Ideally I would have gone for a EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 GAMING, it performs quite a bit better for not much more then what I paid. At least I can use the old ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 to replace the XFX Radeon RS RX 480 in my HTPC/VR PC Build.
What an awful time to build a PC. Just about everything is either out of stock or overpriced. I was somehow able to snag an AMD 5900x CPU and a Strix X570-F Motherboard at MSRP, so here is part one of my upgrade. I still want to get a GeForce RTX 3080, but its basically impossible right now, and these prices are stupid. So that will come later. The only new parts in this build are the CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard and PC Case.
I could listen to John talk all day, so I was pretty excited to see this 2 and a half hour interview.
John D. Carmack is an American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman. He co-founded id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics. In August 2013, Carmack took the position of CTO at Oculus VR.