During the summer a big unanticipated DIY project shoved Operation Austere Thunderbolt onto the back burner. Now that project is finally out of the way, and my current rig is literally expiring before my eyes, I know I can’t put off the purchase of a new PC any longer. Later this week I intend to buy everything on one of these pcpartpicker.com component lists…
Based on advice proffered by knowledgeable/helpful Cornerites in the Spring, I’ve drawn-up three possible builds. Which one should I go for? Can any of the lists be improved? Your input would be greatly appreciated.
– Austere Thunderbolt (AM4)
As its name suggests Austere Thunderbolt (AM4) utilises an AM4 socket motherboard. Like the other two builds, it incorporates a donated (Thanks VFRHawk!) Asus STRIX-GTX980TI graphics card, and utilises a swish Fractal Design North case. Having sat beside a seriously dreary computer casket for the past twelve years, I have no wish to spend the next decade in the company of something equally uninspired.
– Austere Thunderbolt (AM4) budget version
In the ‘budget version’ of Austere Thunderbolt (AM4), the £285 Ryzen 7 5800X3D 3.4 GHz 8-Core CPU is replaced with a wallet-gentle £136 Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core CPU. A false economy bearing in mind I’m planning to use my new machine for demanding vehicle sims such as Flight Simulator and SimRail?
– Austere Thunderbolt (AM5)
The most forward-looking/pricey build is Austere Thunderbolt (AM5). Isla, THC’s accountant, visibly blanched when I told her I was contemplating spending £1000 on a new PC, but, assuming I can perusade her that this option might actually prove more economical than the others in the long run, it’s a possibility.
(Although none of the lists include a copy of Windows 10, unless some kind soul has an unwanted OEM licence they’d be willing to donate, or knows a legal way to turn a Windows 7 licence into something more modern, I will need to purchase an OS to go with my new hardware.)