The last time I made a PC build it lasted for the best part of 10 years, and it was already time for me to refresh my desktop PC. I hope this time I accomplished with the same long-lasting but on-budget creature. So here are the specs:
- MOBO: MSI H97 PC Mate – 2,226 CZK
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 – 5,828 CZK
- GPU: GIGABYTE GTX 960 MINI 2GB GDDR5 – 5,490 CZK
- RAM: Kingston HyperX Savage 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 – 1,272 CZK
- SSD: 128GB ADATA Premier Pro SP900 – 1,649 CZK
- HDD: 1TB SATA 3 5400 rpm – (taken from external drive, no longer used as such)
That is in total 16,465 CZK (about 600€), and the GPU included a next-gen game (the unreleased Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, already waiting in my Steam account). I already had the PSU (550W ATX, nothing special) and the tower (a Eurocase metal crap, the worst of all), which I will upgrade some day at a later stage. Most of the workload will be video editing and gaming, as well as backup for my media server. Perhaps I will finally start using Lightroom at full-scale too, if I get the time to play with it. Features like warp stabilizer and encoding for my GoPro videos are incomparably faster than my old PC or my working laptop. The tests with few games (Bioshock Infinite, The Witcher 2 and Assetto Corsa) are brilliant even with ultra settings, but the real challenge will be in two weeks, when MGS V: The Phantom Pain is released.
For those interested, it replaces my old AMD X2 64, with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, 3GB of DDR memory and a total of 380GB of IDE drives (slow, really slow).