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My 2024 Panic PC Build – Amazing For CAD & Design.

PCs can fail for a variety of reasons. Most of them can be recovered from but now and again you’re just completely screwed. Through a failed update and an unfortunate breaker trip, my PC wound up in this exact position.

After a lengthy troubleshooting session of removing components and peripherals, making secondary and tertiary boot devices containing Windows and other OS’s (each freezing in the first few seconds of OS boot up). I decided it was time to rebuild.

Since I had built this one there had been both a RAM and CPU socket change and so rather than replacing part by part and troubleshooting it I decided to scoop out the heart of it with a spoon or something and replace almost all the core components with bleeding edge type stuff.

The new Build

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 4.7 GHz 12-Core Processor $383.92 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken 240 78.02 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $121.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste $6.13 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus PRIME X670-P ATX AM5 Motherboard $194.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR5-5200 CL40 Memory $169.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive $68.75 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 990 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive $171.35 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock Challenger D OC Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card $374.75 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case $94.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G5 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $159.99 @ Amazon
UPS CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS $219.95 @ Amazon
Total $2105.78

As you can guess we kept the GPU and the PSU from the previous build. They still work but are slightly ancient. Should be more than enough to continue doing cad and playing a few games. Those are certainly next on the block to be replaced.

As you can probably guess this build will struggle with most triple-a games on higher-than-low settings, but it is servicable and can play both Starfield and Palworld. As long as gaming isn’t the priority task on this machine it should serve well doing more work-oriented things, such as video editing, graphic design, and CAD.

Are you building a new PC this year? Tell me what you are using in the comments.

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