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I use this machine for general computing, BOINC, CAD, Astrophotography editing (soon) and lite gaming (no AAA anything except on my console). Using the inherited parts from my last computer worked well. Much of the build is not new, the case, PSU, GPU, Optical drive (approximate match), case fans, monitor, is inherited from my last build (which evolved) over 10 years.

I like the premium motherboard even though I could have gotten away with other less expensive options. I really like the number of USB ports on the back without the need for a hub, the integrated WiFi, the quality of the hardware, just overall happy. M.2 is amazing, volume of RAM is amazing compared to what I had before (and I seem to need that much). The GPU meets my needs even though it is much weaker than other gaming options.

The stock cooler for the Ryzen 5 was not so great, it let the cpu get semi-uncomfortably hot under full load without overclock. With the Noctua, I sustain cool temperatures about 15C lower than the stock, and it is Overclocked to 4 Ghz, without much time investment other than what the computer figured out it could overclock to. Highest temp I have seen so far is 63C under BOINC, usually it is at 59 or 60 and that is it. I do not have the "silencer" attachment to the fan, it hits nearly 1500 rpm and is quiet enough pleasing sounding for my ears.

https://www.passmark.com/baselines/V9/display.php?id=117232911614

I would have picked faster RAM, but it still works really well. My RAM has been successfully OC'ed by others with luck from 2666 to I believe 2933.

And yes, that is a PCI-e serial port. I need a serial port. Each does a whopping 230Kbps. Not sure if I have the "special" one that is capable of 1Mbps.

Added a Nvidia 2060 Super in March.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That case has no cable management space?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU cables are all attached, none are removable, and on any cable you can see, it is not long enough to really ziptie down effectively. The hole to stuff cords into is a bit farther away than I would like, and the cables are not as flexible as I would like. I will ziptie a few things down, but it is an older case from... 2012? Some cords barely reach the MOBO. I have stuffed what I could in the area behind the motherboard, otherwise yes a lot will be floating around.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... had the same problem building in a case with no cable management. Here you go, feel free to borrow anything I tried. I still have the case; I moved the build to a different case to upgrade the airflow.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of CAD work and how does the P600 handle it? Thinking of going to a workstation card over my RX 580 for SolidWorks and Fusion 360.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Rhinoceros. Model airplanes and home projects. I just wanted the stable open gl and regularly supported drivers. This little card is more powerful than my old Radeon 4890 that soaked up 200 watts, and did poorly with Rhino. I also play Kerbal Space Program which is not at all demanding. I built the biggest rocket I could, set the graphics to an absurd maximum (64x AA), and it didn't blink.

There are profiles specific to the cad you use, especially for Autodesk. Rhino does not benefit as much from quadro cards, just a little. If you go 4k, scale up the gpu power accordingly.

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

That motherboard is overkill.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. It also means an excellent foundation to upgrade the rest of the system with. :)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to be able to drop a 2700 into it if he needs the extra threads... :)