|"...Like an SSD ?..."
I'm currently having my own conversation with myself about what kind of storage will be used
I probably do want at least one SSD inside the case
It looks like internal real estate will limit my internal storage
Honestly I like external Disk drives with a USB interface
I have learned my lesson about backups
My new mantra is: redundancy
i.e., "A backup" is not sufficient. Multiple backups Are the only way to go.
The plan that is currently first place in my frontal lobe is...
"...First start with your budget. How big is it, what can you afford to spend, and what do you want to spend? Are you hoping to play games? Gaming rigs start to get expensive..."
- Today's, Yesterday's, etc. for the rest of the week
- This week's, Last week's; On some sort of rotating system
- This month's, Last month's; Again on some sort of rotating system
My first Brief reconnaissance gives me a thumbnail guess of somewhere between $4,000 and $7,000
And that's a guess
I truly have no interest in games especially those that use the super duper fancy Graphics to Razzle Dazzle And Exercise the display to its maximum capacity.
The one most compelling goal that I have is: Video Creation and Editing.
"...Having a budget in mind, start by researching processors. Depending on your wants and needs you may want a higher-end Intel or AMD CPU..."
At this moment the most bang for the buck appears to be...
"...If you're not looking for exceptional game performance, you might want to look into a CPU with integrated graphics..."
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
- 3rd Gen
- 3.8 GHz
- Socket sTRX4
- 280W Desktop Processor
Looks like a graphics card is going to be the reality here. From looking around, It is clear and evident that I have some research and education to accomplish.
"...Once you've got your CPU choice down, then you can start looking into motherboards..."
FrontRunner at the moment appears to be MSI, however, That was based on the Newegg PC Builder. That was one of the motherboards that they have for sale that matches that CPU.
I looked at the MSI site and was wondering if anybody else sold that motherboard. They list about I don't know how many Distributors. I clicked on 16 of those that they've listed. Not a one of them had any TRX40 motherboards listed on their site.
"...Most motherboards these days provide sound, network and USB, so you should be able to tick those off in one purchase..."
That Sparks a good question: Do I need a separate sound card if I'm going to be creating videos ?
"...If you have integrated graphics, you'll want to make sure that the MoBo has integrated video..."
A separate video card is looking like the way to go right now
"...Usually this will be HDMI, but you might find DisplayPort available too..."
More reasons to use a separate graphics card. I think I'm going to need three monitors. Two for sure, but I'm wondering if three would be too many; could be more bang than I need; I can see a third monitor becoming too confusing; not to mention taking up space on the desk in front of me (which was, really, designed for one screen and one keyboard).
"...Having chosen the MoBo, then you can narrow down RAM..."
"...To run Windows 11 you'll need at least 4GB, but better 8, 16 or more..."
I'm currently trying to get 256GB. Apparently, with that constraint, I have about 5 or 10 choices in motherboards
"...For a dual boot windows/linux system..."
I have thought it over a couple of times, and I now feel that that isn't truly palatable at the moment. just going to have a Windows system. I'm not ready to embark on a Ph.D. in Information Technology (which is required for that kind of arrangement). I really have No idea as to what put such thoughts in my mind.
"...Powersupply will depend on the above choices. If you google around you can probably find some web sites that will tell you how much power you need to run your choice of CPU/GPU/MoBo/drives, etc..."
Both Newegg and PC part picker have a calculator for that. For the moment, I'm just trusting them.
"...Case choice will come down to cooling and "cool" factors like RGB displays, etc. Many cases come with sufficient fans for generic consumer use..."
There's an interesting conversation going on in my mind with myself at this moment on this very topic. Part of me says that these fans that have RGB Blades Are the stupidest most idiotic worthless expense of money that could be ever Implemented by any rational thinking adult. The other part of me says, "Wow, that would be so cool !"
"...If you're going to be high-end, you might need more fans..."
I'm already making the assumption That I am going to get a case that has the most fans that I can install and just have a noisy machine.
"...Which reminds me, don't forget the CPU cooler. Some CPU's come with a fan already attached. Again, this should be sufficient for most users, but if you're high end, you may want to look into liquid coolers..."
The CPU will be air-cooled. And yes I'll need a Cooler of some sort
"...If you're not gaming, almost any mid-range GPU should be sufficient. Even if you want to game, you should find that most mid-range GPU's are suffiient, unless you're dead set on high framerates at high resolutions..."
Nope, No games, This will be used for creating and editing video.
"...You might do well to visit some of the more well known hardware sites. Many, have a build-your-own section, that allows you to choose the specific CPU that you want, add mother boards, etc. That's a big help, since they normally will filter successive choices, so you don't end up buying an AMD CPU and an Intel MotherBoard..."
Yes, currently looking at the Newegg site and PC part picker.
I remain open to other suggestions as well.
So far Newegg appears to be the one where the kids did the most homework so that the customer has the easiest time.
"...For a small fee(relative to the cost of the hardware), they will put it all together and bench test it before shipping, which might be worth it, too..."
And there is another conversation that I'm having in my own mind. Half of me says go ahead and spend a hundred bucks and let professionals do what they know how to do best. The other half of me says a significant aspect of this is going to be my own personal learning, and another aspect as well will be my own personal satisfaction, and there is the highly intangible, but clearly present, factor of actually understanding the physical parts that are inside that box, which realistically only happens if you are the one who put it all together.
Can't really say which is the smarter way to go.
"...If you know what you want to spend, you might also go to somewhere like Dell and see what you can get for the money..."
"...and usually you will get a new version of Windows already installed..."
That is probably the prime reason that I want to build the thing myself. I am not aware of any way to get a real honest clean copy of Windows[TM] outside of spending gobs of money and putting it on the machine yourself. I have not yet purchased one single pre-built computer which does not have a host of crapware riding on the disk and who knows where else.
modified 15-Aug-23 9:24am.