I recycled some parts including a 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD for data, a sturdy Seasonic FOCUS GX-850, 850W power supply, and my Thermaltake Core X9 Case. (The case is huge, but that makes the guts accessible with my sometimes-shaky Parkinson’s hand. It’s a great option if you have room for a small tank under your desk.)
There was a lot of MSI love in this rig. The video card was on sale and has been great. The verdict is still out on the motherboard. Flashing the bios was a little sketchy and a recent sound driver upgrade broke my digital audio output. On the bright side, the motherboard recognizes the 3600 MHz RAM speed.
The computer is now built and ready for everything from next generation MMORPGs to VR on the Valve Index. Even though it’s specced for gaming, I also use it every day for writing. To keep everything safe, the operating system, applications, and data all have their own drive. I also back up everything like my books depend on it. Everything stored locally is backed up to an external drive and idrive. Now all I need is AI to keep track of where everything is at!