I told you last week in Building a Fast Computer Starts With These Parts that the guts of my computer would require replacement. In that post I covered the CPU, motherboard and memory that I had chosen. This post will tell you about some of the other parts I’ve chosen including some I’ve covered in previous posts. As always, I’ll provide Amazon links for which I earn a small commission if you use them to purchase. Yes, I have to buy my own parts.
The CPU does include a graphic sub-system that would be adequate, but I want something better than adequate. Last month I wrote GeForce RTX 2060 Brings Latest Graphics Tech at Lower Price and recommended the MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDRR6 192-bit HDMI/DP Ray Tracing Turing Architecture VR Ready Graphics Card. As I’d already done the research recently, that will be the card I’ll be choosing.
I debated using the existing power supply since I will be using the same case. After giving it thought, I decided it was worth replacing it with a new power supply. My choice was the EVGA 850 Bq, 80+ Bronze 850W. While it might be a little more power than I need, I wanted a little extra to spare. Along with a power supply come all the cables for connecting the motherboard, video card, drives and much more.
The easy answer would be to take the SSD drive from my current computer and use it in the new build. It would work just fine. Heck, it might even save me some work. Then again, I could spend a little bit of money and get a new SSD drive several times faster than the current one. Given that I’m building something to use over the next five years, I decided to get the new drive.
In September 2018 I wrote Samsung 970 Pro NVMe SSD Drive is Smoking Fast and the drive discussed is still one of the top available performers. I opted for the Samsung 970 PRO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD.
The faster the CPU, the warmer it can run. That means you need to find a way to keep it cool. I’m going to use the Cooler Master RR-212S-20PK-R1 Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Air Cooler to do that sweaty job. There are far more exotic, and expensive, solutions to keep things even cooler. Rather than going for the best (coldest), I went with something more practical.
While I’ll have to spend a little more than I’d like for the parts I’ve described, I know I’ll have a really fast computer than should take care of my needs for the next four to five years. When I divide the total amount spent by five years, I think less than $300 a year is a bargain!
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.