Fulfilling my self-promise for passing the 2019 written Ph.D. qualifying exam, I built myself a computer in late August.
Build specs were driven by a variety of needs, such as # of cores for parallel computing, sufficient RAM for active 3D modeling, and a sufficient GPU to rear my zoo animals in the upcoming Planet Zoo.
|Case||Sliger Cerberus||19L, Powder-Coated Steel, Machined Al Handle|
|Motherboard||ASRock B450M Steel Legend||AM4 Chipset, mATX|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||8-Core, 3.7 GHz Core Clock, 4.3 GHz Boost Clock|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-C14S||142 mm Fan, 82.52 CFM|
|GPU||EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC||Core Clock: 1500 MHz|
|RAM||32 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX||(2x16) GB, DDR4-3200|
|SSD||Samsung 970 Evo M.2-2280||1 TB|
|HDD||WD Caviar Blue||1 TB|
|PSU||Corsair SF450P||Modular, 80+ Platinum Certified|
|Top Intake Fan||Noctua NF-A12X15||1X, 120 mm Fan, 55.44 CFM|
|Bottom Intake||Noctua NF-A12X25||2X, 120 mm Fans, 60.1 CFM|
|Rear Exhaust||Noctua NF-A9||1X, 92 mm Fan, 46.44 CFM|
Not surprisingly, building a PC for the first time took far longer than budgeted. I budgeted for 5 hours, but took closer to 9. I fell prey to all the rookie mistakes: 1. forgetting to connect the separate CPU power cables from the PSU to the motherboard. 2. plugging in the power/reset paneling buttons incorrectly. 3. not flipping the power switch before mounting the PSU. 4. Even after hardware was "done", I realized I had installed Windows onto the HDD partition; basically I resigned to doing things the right way - I reinstalled everything from scratch onto the SSD the day after.
All in all, it was a 5/5 experience and I can understand why everybody goes down this computer-building rabbit hole and never returns the same. I'm really looking forward to doing this again in a couple years.