A PC for those that just want a machine that works, no OC and minimal upkeep
Written by: Gankutsuou - 02:46 Sep-13-2020

I was inspired to do this short piece because I realize that, while I enjoy tinkering with hardware and settings, there are a lot of people young and old that want something that is a one and done. The following build can be used for gaming if you're willing to use a better PSU and a dedicated GPU, but that isn't the main purpose of this build (somewhat counter intuitive considering this is GD ;)

Now before we go any further a DISCLAIMER. The parts that I am about to mention are components that Carey Holzman has used very often and the build has a proven track record. Below is a link to the latest build that contain these components:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_71ArmcP9G8

List of components:

  • Case - Corsair CC-9011023-WWCORSAIR Carbide 200R Compact ATX
  • Motherboard - GIGABYTE H370 HD3 (LGA1151/Intel/USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB3.1) Type A HDMI/M.2/ATX/DDR4)
  • CPU i7-9700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 4.9 GHz Turbo unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W
  • CPU cooler - Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B CPU Air Cooler, 120mm Single Tower, Intel LGA1151, AMD AM4/Ryzen
  • RAM  - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)
  • Storage - Intel Solid State Drive (SSD), 660p Series, 1TB
  • PSU - EVGA 100-BR-0450-K1 450 BR, 80+ BRONZE 450W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply
  • OPTIONAL DVD-RW Asus 24x Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-25B1ST Black

As to the man himself. Carey Holzman is a very knowledgeable person who has decades of experience in the tech sector, and I have personally learned a few things from watching him work.

If you wish to observe his work, he does LIVE PC build streams almost every week. Should you desire to participate in the live chat, I only ask that you be polite and courteous.

Thank you for your time, and I hope this will be useful to you.

:)

 


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Get a r5 2600 for 120$ instead of the i7 9700k for 350-400$ and however much the cooler costs and get a rx 580/gtx 1060, you don't even need to change the PSU.

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Or a ryzen 4xxxx apu then you don't even need a dgpu

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Yes you do since afaik Ryzen 4xxx still uses DDR4.

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This is supposed to be a non-gaming rig, hence my suggestion

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but even for work it'd be better. There are many GPU accelerated tasks.

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The motherboard and CPU were chosen due to their reliability and proven track record. While AMD wins hands down in the value/performance ration (it's not even a contest), AMD systems (especially newer ones) tend to have small bugs/glitches that could frustrate the end user.
While the problem (that I'll link below) might no longer be relevant, it showcases that AMD systems have a tendency to have system compatibility and reliability issues.
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The reason why those parts were listed, was due to the fact that when you build that system you don't need to touch it for at least 8 years. Any office work stuff and personal use will be flawless.
The thing with AMD in the past, was that the OEM's didn't take the time to check all the little stuff that can cause slight issues/glitches (because AMD wasn't the brand that sold a ton of motherboards - so for the OEM's it didn't make financial sense to invest a lot of time into their mobos).
It's still not ideal, but it's better than it was.
My thoughts when writing this were, how would a person who has no PC experience whatsoever build a system that they wouldn't need to service for a long time.
The build has stood the test of time, and when Mr. Holzman builds it, it's under warranty for a long time.

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Hmm, I haven't needed to touch my PC since 2017 apart from getting a new gpu a few months ago. And I'm running the stock cooler. I just dust off my case filters from time to time.
But yeah if someone just wants to use software it's good to have the least chance possible for anything to go wrong.

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From what I've heard, there are a lot of people in several areas that are like that.

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Im not sure the price premium of a k cpu is worth it if you can not OC it…

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You could go with a non K CPU, but the K ones can have a 10% performance bump. These builds are designed for those that just want a PC that will work reliably like a car.
You turn it on and it works. No need to go searching for fixes to any strange issues etc…

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