I got the new parts, and I built the new computer, and I love it. I love how it looks, I love how silent it is, and I love that it's running on Intel again.
Building this PC was fun, but took a very long time because I wanted to think through what the best order to things were, and I wanted to route all cables cleanly since this is the first I am using that had a windowed side panel.
The final part list is:
|Part||Cost for this build (Swedish Kronor)|
|Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||Bundled with CPU (5699:-)|
|Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor||Bundled with Motherboard (5699:-)|
|G.Skill - Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory||Already owned|
|Fractal Design - Define C TG ATX Mid Tower Case||1029:-|
|MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card||Already owned|
|Fractal Design - Edison M 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||Already owned|
|Noctua - NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler||695:-|
|Seagate - Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive||Already owned|
|Western Digital - Black PCIe 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive||Already owned|
|Crucial - MX300 750GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||Already owned|
|Crucial - MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||Already owned|
|StarTech.com PEXHDCAP60L Capture Card||Already owned|
|Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan (Rear)||Already owned|
|2x Noctua - NF-S12A PWM 120mm Fan (Front)||Already owned|
Peripherals (as of writing, changes frequently, probably):
|Name||Cost for this Build (Swedish Kronor)|
|Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor||Already owned|
|Samsung - U24E590D 23.6" 3840x2160 60Hz Monitor||Already owned|
|SteelSeries QcK+ Ninjas In Pyjamas (NIP) Mouse Pad||Already owned|
|Topre Realforce 88UB Beige (Swedish Layout)||Already owned|
|Logitech - G403 Prodigy Wired Optical Mouse||Already owned|
|Logitech - G533 7.1 Channel Headset||Already owned|
So yes, the parts are quite expensive. But please note that I didn't buy all of this instantly. All of these parts have been collected over the years. I don't drop $3000 on a computer just like that. I re-use old parts.
Some day I plan on writing on why monitors today sucks. There is nothing good out there. I want "Retina", G-Sync, IPS and good build quality. That basically doesn't exist.
Here's the infamous table. Updated.
|Computer||CPU||Avg. Transcode Speed|
|12" Macbook, Early 2016||M3-6Y30||7.25 fps|
|Mac Mini, Mid 2011||i5-2415m||8.03 fps|
|My Plex Server, Late 2016||i3-6100||15.32 fps|
|15" Retina Macbook Pro, Late 2013||i7-4960HQ||21.71 fps|
|My Desktop PC, Early 2015||i7-4770K||26.66 fps|
|My Desktop PC, Late 2017||Ryzen 1700X||53.33 fps|
|My Desktop PC, Early 2018||i7-8700K @ 4.7 GHz OC||57.00 fps|
|-||Ryzen 1700X @ 3.8 GHz OC||57.97 fps1|
|-||i7-8700K @ 5.0 GHz (AVX Offset 3 = 4.7 GHz)||58.70 fps|
(x264 transcode of Friends S05E21 using Don Melton's Video Transcoding script, at 1080p 6000 kbps with the medium-preset. AC3 audio passed through. The version of Handbrake and the script used is not always the same.)
I overclocked my 8700K using this YouTube video, although I only watched the BIOS section. But it was nice and short.
Ultimately, my overclock is 4.7 GHz at 1.18 volts, with no AVX Offset. I am happy with this as it keeps the temperatures quite low (just above 30 C in idle, peaks around 75 C during load). Since the temperatures are so low the fans can run very quietly.
1. Re: The Ryzen Overclock This was a unstable overclock, and I did not actually run the same test. But I ran another one, where it saw a 8.7% performance increase, so this score is the not-overclocked speed (53.33 fps) multiplied by 1.087, which results in ~57.97 fps. This is not accurate and entirely fair, but should give you a ballpark idea of how the 1700X would've performed if I ran it overclocked.
(This post was inspired by Stammy´s great post on his epic PC, I wanted to do something similar. Read his if you want actual and more explanations for normal people and clean pictures.)