Coming from an old AMD FX build I did about a little over half a decade ago which I’ll be passing down to the family living room I’m finally proud to say that my year-long wait of hard-earned savings for my Coffee Lake build has finally come together! I’m glad to introduce you guys to Arctic Phenom!
Before I start I want to say that my old Bulldozer-based rig nicknamed 343-Guilty Spark has served me damn well over the past 6 years. I was initially on a budget when building that system but it got me through high school and some college and kept up well.
This build has been something of a dream of mine, I began saving up for it sometime around January of 2017 and I've come a long way into making it a reality.
Goals for Rig
- Future Proof for next 5 years
- Overclocking Options
- 1440p/144Hz Gaming Capability
- Great for photo & video editing
- Multimedia consumption beast
Starting Budget: $3,000
Color Scheme: White/Black
Things to consider for rig when choosing components:
•Motherboard has to be m.2 NVMe compatible for OS SSD
•Component manufacturer HAS to have reputable warranty
It was around mid year of 2017 when my savings toward this build were starting to come together, around that same time NAND Flash storage was at a shortage and pricing for RAM was abysmal. Like RAM, pricing for GPUs was also suffering due to the rise in popularity for crypto mining so both GPU and RAM were looking like that last few components I was probably going to have to suffer trying to purchase - which they were. It was around January of 2018 when the system finally came together and I finished assembling it.
My intended uses for this system will be mixed but most resource-heavy uses will probably come from Photo editing (Photoshop), video editing (Cyberlink PD), and some light 3D modeling (Maya). Gaming will mostly be done in 1440p and so far this thing kicks butt at anything I throw at it, I've been playing a LOT of PUBG and it runs it @ 60-90 frames @ 3440x1440 resolution. I'm also very interested in getting a VR headset sometime in the near future to game with.
I would like to tinker with overclocking in the future to become familiar with my motherboards features and my hardware's limitations as well as be able to put this system to it's best use.
Here are some test scores for a few applications I managed to run when I first built this rig.
All tests were @ Stock Configurations
•CPU Frequency: 3.7Ghz
•GPU Frequency: 1.75Ghz
PCMARK 10: 5,852
VRMARK Orange Room: 10,640
Unigine's Superposition (1080P Extreme): 4,100
Cinebench R15: 1,430
Cinebench R15 CPU Single Core Ranking: 204
All in all the patience of over a year and some months of waiting has really paid off as I'm in LOVE with this system. It's everything I've always wanted and more!