an update to my original PowerMac R5
- replaced the 1600 with a 3600, although I really wanted the 3700X
- the original Gigabyte board died on me and I enjoyed the ASRock mITX board in my portable gaming PC build, so I felt comfortable purchasing this mATX board from ASRock
- no more spinning hard drives, all flash storage now
- all other items were carried over from the original build and I've tried to include the original purchase price (if you're trying to replicate this build, it'll be much cheaper now)
- originally ran Windows 10 but a Hackintosh guide exists for Ryzen
- the original CoolerMaster AIO was a nice thing to have initially, but I feel much better having a quality air cooler from Noctua
6 cores/12 threads is a very good mid-range spec to have in a desktop computer for most people. handles my photo editing with ease. macOS doesn't have much as far as gaming, so I can't really speak to it's capabilities there
very quiet. replaced my CoolerMaster AIO. seems to operate in about the same temperature range as a 120mm water cooler. I added an extra fan for reliability and extra cooling capabilities.
great little board that does everything I need it to do. as of Oct 2019, still gets regular BIOS updates from ASRock. has 2 M.2 slots, 1 of which is NVMe, the other operates at standard SATA3.0 speeds.
small overclock to 2933MHz. originally purchased to pair with an R5 1600 and I see no need to upgrade. motherboard still has 2 extra slots available if I ever need to expand beyond 32GB
runs at SATA3.0 speeds. currently used as a scratch disk for editing photos but may be converted to an OS drive if I feel the need to dual boot.
runs at NVMe speeds. holds my OS. it's placement on the board is very close to my GPU so it tends to run 10+C warmer than the other M.2 drive installed.
very handy & affordable extra storage to have. houses all of my photos and acts as a landing space for anything before I decide to discard or archive to network & offsite storage.
this build originally had an 1050Ti but macOS Mojave doesn't support that generation of Nvidia cards very well. I moved my Asus RX480 from my gaming PC into this case & it was automatically managed by macOS. the Asus card developed a fan issue an was replaced by this MSI RX 480. I don't game in macOS, so it handles my daily duties and may be a bit overkill for my needs.
solid little power supply that stays quiet. none of the components I have ever really seem to stress this PSU that much. modular cables are great to have but I may one day upgrade them to custom cables
performed well in the initial build and no reason to replace them. even at higher RPMs, they're still rather quiet and push a lot of air
purchased as an addition to the NH-U9S. does an adequate job for its size. very, very quiet. the beige seems a bit off compared to the one that came with the cooler, but I added a small mod to cover both so the slightly different color doesn't bother me