Media PC Build May 2021

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

Full specs are now:


PC Upgrade Time 2021 Part 2

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.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X73 RGB 360mm
Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 C14
Hard Drive 1: SAMSUNG 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
Hard Drive 2: WD_Black SN750 1TB NVMe
Hard Drive 3: 256 GB Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
Hard Drive 4: 500GB Samsung 850 EVO
Hard Drive 5: WD Black 4TB 7200RPM
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
Primary Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HU Black 27″ IPS NVIDIA G-Sync 165 Hz
Second Monitor: Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Monitor
Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 7
Headset Stand: Corsair ST100
Speakers: Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
Keyboard: Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum RGB Tenkeyless
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Mouse Surface: HyperX Fury S – Pro XL
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-F
Computer Case: Phanteks Eclipse P500A DRGB
Power Supply: CORSAIR AX Series AX860 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular