It's been many years since I last built a PC and a lot has changed since then. I was wondering if I could get an opinion on my build since it's more than likely that I have overlooked something.
It looks like a pretty bad time to do this now because of the pandemic and the imminent announcements of the next generation/refresh of Ryzen CUPs and Nvidia GPUs. But I'm not really doing this by choice and I will it no later than mid-July; suffice to say, I no longer have access to machines to get things done partly due to the mess that was the last few months. Any help and comments will be very much appreciated!
- Machine learning
- 3D Modelling
- Web development
- Occasional gaming
- Budget: $3200
- As quiet as my budget allows
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 12 cores, 16 threads||$666.00|
|CPU Cooler||be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4||$139.00*|
|Thermal Compound||Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut||$12.00*|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)||$355.00*|
|GPU||MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8 GB Gaming X Trio||$1000.00|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16||$212.00*|
|Storage||Western Digital Black SN750 NVMe 500 GB M.2-2280||$112.00*|
|PSU||be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 W||$279.00*|
|Case||be quiet! Pure Base 500DX||$169.00*|
* Already purchased
Note: The total was originally over my budget of $3200; however, due to gradually falling prices and the decision to go with a different set of RAMs and PSU, the total is now well under $3200.
I think I'm probably budgeting a few hundreds more than a PC of similar specs for components that are "supposedly" quieter, and it is something that I don't want to sacrifice because I suffer from some hearing/psychological conditions. My hope is that the PC will at least be practically inaudible for regular tasks and light gaming, where I need to be right to the PC. Realistically, I expect the PC to be somewhat noisy when I'm training machine learning models (GPU intensive) and running simulations (GPU/CPU intensive); but I at least there is usually no need for me to be right next to the PC for those tasks.
For a part-by-part explanation of my choice:
- CPU I think this is the most cores I can get with my budget. I do need as many cores as I can afford because I will be running multi-process/threaded simulations. I think it's unlikely that I will ever upgrade the CPU for this build (unless money rains from the sky).
- CPU Cooler It appears to be the quietest air cooler I can possibly get. It doesn't seem to be available locally at the moment; I'm planning to use the stock cooler until I can get my hands on one. I have considered Noctua coolers, particularly the Noctua NH-U14S (the prices is very tempting on Amazon at the time of posting), but it will probably stand out a bit too much for my linking. I haven't really considered liquid coolers because it doesn't appear that they will be any quieter for my use case and may not be compatible with the case I want to use (happy to be corrected!).
- Thermal Compound Absolutely no idea what works best but this one seems to keep coming up when I looked into thermal compound that have no electrical conductivity.
- Motherboard This one I struggle with the most, but after some research this appears to be a good board at this price point. Other than that, the only thing that I think would affect my choices here are: 1. I need two M.2 slots; 2. I need Wi-Fi because I can't drill holes through the wall for Ethernet cables, and I have an unreasonable aversion towards getting Wi-Fi card/USB adapter; 3. I think I will only ever upgrade the GPU for this build.
- GPU Apparently it's the quietest 2070 Super, and the price hurts a lot. I did consider 5700 XT, but there is no telling when they will roll out support for ROCm, which is required for some of the things I do.
- RAM I don't care much for RGB, the RAM listed is currently on of the cheaper 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16 RAM I can get from a reputable manufacturer.
- Storage I impulse-bought the Western Digital Black from one of the recent deal before I had things planned out… It now seems to be what I need at a reasonable price, so hopefully I haven't done something stupid there. I do plan on adding second SSD with a larger capacity at a later time.
- PSU This is another one I'm not too sure about. I originally looked into the Corsair HX-750 because it has a zero-fan mode, but decided later that I want a PSU that keeps its fan on for better thermals (and apparently people have had difficulties in getting custom fan curve to stick). I first looked at the Dark Power Pro 11, but it doesn't appear to be available anywhere at around $300. Eventually I came across the SeaSonic PRIME Ultra by accident, which has a physical switch for toggling passive cooling at low load and has the added advantage of being rated at 80+ Titanium. On pcpartpicker the estimated wattage for these components is currently 439 W. The choice of a 750 W PSU is because I remember reading somewhere that recommends getting a PSU that about double the wattage of what I need for higher efficiency and stability, and to allow for the possibility of upgrades in the future; but this is all quite new to me and I'm not sure if that advice is solid (the 650 W version is cheaper!).
- Case I have been looking at be quiet! and Factal Design cases for a while. I don't care much for tampered glass window and RGB lighting, but the 500DX seems to a good case that balances quietness and thermals.
- I'm planning to buy the components over the period of a month, partly in the hope that prices will drop and partly because it looks like I'll have to wait for a couple of things. Should I be concerned about DoA items, which I won't be able to test since I don't have a PC at all?
- Is it going to be a lot of trouble if I have to deal with warranty claims for things that are shipped from the US by Newegg or Amazon Australia?
- Is the 3900X likely to drop further in price given the imminent refresh?
Once again, thank you very much in advance for any help and comments!
Edit: updated list to indicate items that are already purchased.