Today I finally got fed-up of bouncing audio tracks around so that my computer doesn’t choke when I open more than a handful of instances of Kontakt. My trusty AMD Phenom processor is almost a teenager, and as with the parallel case with many humans, once they hit their teens, they become useless and don’t like doing what you want them to do. Time for the bin.
I’m looking for a new PC. My budget is hampered by the fact that music is a really small portion of the business, and I can’t really justify spending big on it. That being said, I do want to solve my plugin count woes and have fair longevity from the upgrade.
I’ve not been impressed with the cost of new, or used computers. Maybe I’m out of touch with where to look for bargains over here in the UK, but I couldn’t find anything that blew my mind for my £400 budget.
I figured my old case, PSU, GPU and fans are decent, so really, I just need a CPU, Motherboard, RAM and a small-ish SSD for the system drive. Oh, and some thermal paste and a 4-to-8way Molex adapter.
It’s a short list of items, but the options are endless. I’m enjoying getting up to speed on all the latest computer jargon, but much of the information I find is geared towards gamers. (wtf is all this RGB nonsense!?)
I would love to pick your brains.
My thinking so far is that I’m going to go with an AMD Ryzen, since the benchmark tests seem to deliver more bang-for-buck than Intel currently. The Ryzen 5 1600 is looking like a good deal at around £90.
Since I’m never going to be wanting to overclock, I thought about getting a fairly cheap motherboard, but one which has the potential for 64GB RAM for future upgrades.
RAM-wise, I’m going to go for a single stick of 2400MHz 16GB for the time being, which gives me the option to expand later.
I also want to get one of those NVMe SSD sticks for the system drive. I think it would make things run much more snappy.
This is my first draft:
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-core Processor
- B450 Chipset Motherboard with 4 slots max 64GB RAM
- 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM on 1 stick
- 500GB WD Blue SN550 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
All-in this is going to cost around £260, so I think there’s a bit of room for upwards manoeuvring if needs be.
I’d love to open this discussion out to you guys, so if you’re also looking for a new computer, or if you’re just interested in the topic, please comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Perhaps I’m missing some vital information, or maybe my choices aren’t up to the task. I’m interested in Intel vs AMD debates and whether these impressive benchmark results for the Ryzen processors are really telling the whole picture.