I decided to build a dedicated PC for recording, editing and rendering my videos instead of always using my daily driver.
I’ve always been an Intel user, but with the lower cost and performance of Ryzen processors, I decided to take a dive and did some shopping.
- AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor (6 cores/12 threads @3.4 Ghz overclocked to 3.8 Ghz)
- MSI A320M Pro-M2 V2 motherboard
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- 250GB Samsung EVO 970 M.2 PCI-E SSD (read/write 3500 MB/s & 2500 MB/s)
- EVGA NVidia GeForce GT 710 (Dual DVI output)
---- GPU was originally MSI GeForce 710 but had issues with it.
- Cooler Master Elite 500W Power supply
- Termaltake V100 tower case
Total Cost : $620 (Canadian dollars). UPDATE: $645 with new GPU
For some reason, I had issues with Fedora Gnome and Manjaro Gnome and Cinnamon. Random locking up in Fedora and graphical glitches in Manjaro. This was both with Nvidia drivers installed, and the BIOS updated to the latest version. I was going to start troubleshooting Manjaro, but decided that it had too much software pre-installed anyways.
I tried to keep tweaking and workarounds to a minimum to keep things running smoothly, so my troubleshooting was kept to a minimum on purpose. After much frustration, I did an Arch install with Gnome Desktop and it works perfectly on the first attempt, BTW…
I very much enjoy that the Ryzen processors use the same AM4 socket which leaves upgrades very easy to do.
The GeForce 710 works great for putting pixels on a screen, which is all I need (Not for gaming).
The OS runs REALLY fast and everything loads almost instantly thanks to the SSD with read speeds of 3.5GB/s and write speeds of 2.5GB/s! And the Ryzen processor does a fantastic job at compiling packages and multithreaded video rendering.
I’m a little disappointed there were some glitches with other distros, but since I won’t be doing any distro hopping, and it’ll stay with the same one, I’m satisfied with the end result, and the performance is much better than I expected.
I’m sure there are other distros that would work fine as well, but I was just going through my list of personal preferences. In the end, using Arch suits my needs of having a minimal system with only what I need.