MaxMax1

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Hello everyone!

Can somebody help me in configuring a good desktop computer? My computer is mostly used for programming, testing applications and software, creating interactive websites, image processing and video. It's not for gaming. I use Linux (Debian, Ubuntu) and, if needed, Windows because of a better support for specific programs. Which means that at some point both systems should work simultaneously on a computer. For the moment I have the following configuration:

Power supply: CHIEFTEC GPS-650A8 650W
or
FSP Hexa 550W

MB: ASUS PRIME X470-PRO

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x 3.70GHz AM4 BOX + Wraith Prism RGB LED

RAM: G.SKILL 8GB Ripjaws V DDR4 3200MHz CL16 KIT F4-3200C16D-8GVK
or
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170

HDD: WD Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200 rpm 64 MB SATA 3 WD10EZEX

SSD:SAMSUNG 250GB 860 EVO SATA 3 2.5" MZ-76E250B/EU

Graphics card: ASUS PH-GT1030-O2GD4 GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR4 Phoenix PCIE
or
MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH OC

Cooler: LCPOWER Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120-RGB

What do you think about this configuration, some suggestions, improvements ..?

Thanks in advance!
 

VirtualLarry

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I don't know about those PSUs. I had a Chieftec in the 90s/2000s era, wasn't too impressed.

Also, don't get a DDR4 GT1030, get the GDDR5 version. They are around the same price, but the DDR4 version is 4x slower.
 

whm1974

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I agree with Larry on the PSU and video card. I don't recommend overclocking on a "work" computer so you should save money by going with the 2700 instead. Also go for 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB. You will need it, or even 32GB depending on your work flow.
 

SlowBox

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I agree with Larry on the PSU and video card. I don't recommend overclocking on a "work" computer so you should save money by going with the 2700 instead. Also go for 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB. You will need it, or even 32GB depending on your work flow.

If hes using Windows 10 then it must get 16GB RAM. Any OS under that 8GB will be fine. But if hes using HT apps hardcore apps then go for the 32GB kit. Also people will argue with me, but go for latency over Mhz speed on the RAM. Also maybe Im blind but I don't see you got a SSD, That is the biggest cardinal sin my friend.
 

whm1974

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If hes using Windows 10 then it must get 16GB RAM. Any OS under that 8GB will be fine. But if hes using HT apps hardcore apps then go for the 32GB kit. Also people will argue with me, but go for latency over Mhz speed on the RAM. Also maybe Im blind but I don't see you got a SSD, That is the biggest cardinal sin my friend.
For application development among the other stuff the OP needs to do, then yes 16GB to 32GB of memory is needed. However plenty of folks use Windows 10 with just 8GB, or even 4GB just fine. It really depends on your workflow and use case.
 

Flayed

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Looks like a superpowered pc for running Linux and writing text files (programming) lol
 

SlowBox

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For application development among the other stuff the OP needs to do, then yes 16GB to 32GB of memory is needed. However plenty of folks use Windows 10 with just 8GB, or even 4GB just fine. It really depends on your workflow and use case.


Your soo right. But just now I was playing Unreal Tournament Alpha and it was taking 6GB of ram usage. Someone with 8GB would eat it good.
 

Yuriman

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I used my PC for a few weeks with just 4GB and found it very usable. Windows uses less when you have less. No low memory errors playing the (admittedly light) MOBAs I play sometimes. I think this is a mole hill many often make a mountain of - more RAM can always be added later, and I'm inclined to believe prices will drop.
 

Flayed

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Visual Studio 2017 is a 32 bit application so is limited to using 2GB of ram by default. You can increase this to 4GB of ram under 64 bit OS by editing the .ini file.