Custom build from late 2014
Asrock Extreme4 Z97 motherboard
- Decent motherboard but the UEFI is kinda buggy. If I could build this computer again I would get something else.
Intel Core i5 4690k processor (4 core, 3.5 ghz, and I haven’t done any overclocking)
16 gb GSKILL Ripjaws 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM (2 x 8 gb modules)
MSI GeForce GTX970 with 4 gb video memory
Windows 10 Pro boots off a 256 gb Crucial MX100 SSD
Additional storage for games, large files, etc on a 1 tb Western Digital Blue
Antergos Linux also lives on this system in a 128 gb Samsung MZHPV128HDGM (SATA over PCIe)
- Main: Samsung PX23 – LED monitor, 60hz refresh, 1080p
This is a very good monitor save for one thing: the HDMI is NOT plug and play. Right? What the fuck? If you don’t get the actual driver for this monitor, the HDMI image bleeds over the edges of the monitor so you are missing about 5% off of each edge. This is especially problematic for Linux because there is no HDMI driver for this monitor on Linux.
Whatevs. DVI-D works perfectly well so I use that. And the color quality and contrast is . This matters a lot to me because photo work.
- Secondary: BenQ V2400W – LCD, 60hz refresh, 1920x1200
I hate this monitor for all the reasons that the Samsung is good. The pictures are not as crisp. The color quality is not even close to as good. And the color temperature seems to be persistently stuck at about 5000k despite what the config menu tells me and I have not found a way to change it. So every image always looks orange tinted.
And that right there is why this is not my main monitor despite being larger. Also, for recording games, 1080p is better for performance and for final video since most players are going to 16:9.
Also, it was free so I can’t complain that much.
I also have a second machine that I use with frequency but not for gaming. Also a custom build from a few months ago to use as a server.
ASUS Prime X470 Pro motherboard
Ryzen 7 2700 processor (8 core, 16 thread, 3.8ghz)
16 gb Kingston ValueRAM – 2400 Mhz DDR4 with ECC
- This will soon be upgraded to 32 gb. At least.
2 x Western Digital Black 500gb NVMe SSDs in BTRFS RAID1
- This is the boot disk for Arch Linux, the only OS on this server system
6 x 2tb Western Digital Red NAS HDDs in Linux RAID6. 8tb total of redundant storage
EVGA GeForce GTX760 graphics. Because I had one lying around. Not a server needs this. It does however allow me to do this:
The monitor for this server is my living room Samsung 49 inch 2160p LED television and I get 60 hz refresh thanks to the proper graphics unit. Which means I have a dope home media system .
I’ve done a lot of video editing on this machine recently and I have to say, I am fan of Ryzen now. Once I finally get sick of the old machine or stuff starts breaking, it will probably get replaced by an AMD build.