Another personal post for the blog that remains tech related, I’ve decided to go ahead and put together a new desktop system for 2021. For some time now I’ve been working on a lot of drone photography and the demand for video is increasing, specifically 2160p/4K. The system I’ve been using until now was great for the photo editing, but struggled with the 2160p edits, combine that with a shortage of next-gen gaming consoles I decided this was the way to go.
In addition to normal desktop system tasks this system needed to be capable of editing 4K video in Adobe Premiere Pro and also play some demanding titles such as Microsoft Flight Simulator. When I put together a new system I try and have a theme, below you can see the theme for this build, a first for me – RGB.
- Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB Case
- MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Processor
- Corsair H100i Platinum SE RGB CPU Cooler
- Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RGB Memory
- MSI GeForce RTX 3060Ti Video Card
- Samsung 970 EVO nVME Solid State Drive
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7,200 RPM Hard Disk Drive
- Corsair TX650M Semi-Modular Power Supply
- Intel WiFi & Bluetooth PCI-e Card
I went with this case as it fitted my RGB theme very well, has solid cable management and pairs nicely with the H100i cooler that I wanted. The white case reflects the multiple colours very well and whilst it may be a little premature the addition of USB-C on the front of the case future proofs it a little.
I’d originally wanted a Ryzen 5600X but stock of these CPUs is incredibly limited at the moment so settled on the 3600XT with the B550 Tomahawk motherboard that’ll allow for an upgrade to the 5600X in the future, I was also impressed with the number of fan headers on this motherboard and that it had a USB 3.2 Gen2 header.
I was watching the launch of the nVidia 3060Ti live and thought that for the asking price the performance of the card looked incredibly attractive. I kept my eyes on the usual stores for the launch at 2PM for the following day and was incredibly lucky to get a card as they all sold out minutes after going live. Frame rates on Flight Simulator at the moment are great, however I’m using a 1080p60 display, I’ll be upgrading to a 1440 early next year.
Corsair Vengeance RAM has always been solid for me so it was an easy choice for this build and matches the theme well, I also opted for the Samsung 970 nVME SSD as it remains one of the fastest storage options available. I’m using the Seagate Barracuda for game and data storage which is perfect for what I need.
When I have some time to edit the video I’ll upload a clip of how the RGB of the case looks – everything is controlled through iCUE and the flexibility of options is very impressive, my children love it too. For now, I’m going to crack on and get some work done with it and may post updates that I make as they happen.