Plan for today: avoid COVID-19, avoid full lock-down and perform e-learning with my children and myself (with this list). Also as a background task few months ago I started slowly moving towards purchasing my new desktop setup to have something to spare in case of deeper and longer e-learning period. This actually happened and was officially announced last week in Poland (till that I had only the older one with me)! So here I am finalizing the project just in time, although pushed a bit. Now both kids are using Microsoft Teams for the win and with one eye they look jealously at me.
Unfortunate and surprising death of my current i7-3770 PC called Tajfun, cased the whole acquisition process to complete even faster. All is done since few days and I am happily playing with new toy. But as I recall, originally I wanted to complete everything during August 2020, but then I heard about new Intel 11-gen CPUs comming out on 2nd September. So waited… Then AMD had Ryzen 5000 with Zen3 architecture announcement behind the corner (8th October)… Decided to wait a bit more… as AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X was expected to a blast from space and available starting from 5th November. Delayed my decision further… and all chips got sold out in all shops I looked for in 5 mins just after the premiere. Next batch will be available end of December, or end of Q1-2021 or never. Now I said enough with second lock-down on the horizon and went back to Intel!
Parts I’ve chosen (with dates and prices as pure future reference of inflation rates):
Moved actually from previous setup.
Once most of components are mounted, the build looks like this (glass removed):
Finally, powering all LEDs on gives amazing Christmas-tree effect:
It gets even brighter, when light animations are combined and sync with keyboard ;)
And as the last sort of information CPU benchmarks for yet another reference:
Please give me some more time and I will update this post with some personal feelings about the overall system performance. Meanwhile have a nice week.