OK, so he’s super happy with the new case, especially since I also cleaned up and reapplied the CPU thermal paste and the crashing issues have entirely stopped. In fact, he has expressed irritation that I’m going to take this machine away and build him a new one because it works perfectly fine and he doesn’t really need a new computer, thanks.
I… OK, son.
But I still have to build another machine so we have something solid for music production and also so I can play Skyrim and old BioWare games. However, if that’s all I’m really doing, I can get by with integrated graphics.
So I ordered stuff today.
- AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (CPU with integrated graphics)
- ASRock B450M PRO4 motherboard
- GAMEMAX VP-600-M-RGB semi modular 600W RGB power supply (I hope I don’t regret this, but it was relatively cheap, semi modular, and got good reviews.)
- Thermaltake Core V21 SPCC Micro ATX Cube
- WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD
- Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive HDD
- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16
- Windows 10 Pro
With the OS, it came to $660 plus shipping and tax (split between NewEgg and Amazon). I also splurged and ordered another Corsair K55 keyboard (which younger son has and I have been envying for a while).
Next is to actually build the stupid thing, make it work, and then I need to pick a proper audio interface. I’m currently leaning toward the Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen USB (for another $109). I currently use a Zoom H4NPro digital audio recorder, which can plug in USB and be seen as a sound card, but it’s an older piece of kit and the latency is insanely frustrating. Also, sometimes it just decides it’s done in the middle of recording. I’m not a fan of that.