Early last year I had got a new PC (AMD Ryzen 7 3800X) to run as my Plex Media Server on Windows Server 2019. During the pandemic, I had to turn it into my workstation running Windows 10, as my son had taken my other PC (Asus Zenbook laptop). For Plex Media Server, I assembled a new PC, an Intel Core i5 10400 with 16GB RAM & an ASUS Prime H410M motherboard.
Unfortunately, as soon as I got my laptop back, the AMD Ryzen 7 PC broke down due to a power problem in my room, which I was not aware of at the time. Most that can go wrong with the machine went wrong:
- It started with the CPU fan, then it was the CPU itself, then the ASUS TUF Motherboard, then the memory. I had to buy a new CPU fan (AMD don’t cover it under warranty) & wait for the CPU to come back after servicing (don’t ask me what they will repair on a silicon chip!).
- ASUS repaired the motherboard but it failed again, so after weeks of waiting & demanding, they replaced it with a new one.
- Then the memory from Crucial went bad. They agreed to replace it, but I had to wait for about two weeks.
- I had issues with the BenQ 32″ monitor which I had bought this year in February – the white colour had a yellow tint, which was noticeable when kept next to an LG monitor – after weeks of waiting for a response from their service centre & escalation through Twitter, BenQ suggested me not to keep the compare the hues of the two monitors🙂
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Last week, after three months of waiting, I was able to get the AMD Ryzen 7 PC back to action. The current configuration of my workstation setup is as follows:
- AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core Processor
- ASUS TUF B450M-Pro Gaming Motherboard
- Corsair DDR4 1 x 32 GB RAM
- Western Digital WDGreen SN350 NVMe™ SSD 960GB
- ASUS NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050Ti GPU with 4GB DDR5
- Cooler MasterBox E500 cabinet cases
- UGreen USB Bluetooth Adapter
- LG 27″ 4K & BenQ 32″ 4K monitors
- Logitech Brio 4K camera with Windows Hello
- Fifine K678 Condenser microphone
- Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4 Speaker
- Microsoft New Ergonomic Keyboard (2019) and Mouse
The price for the PC alone (CPU, GPU, MB, SSD, RAM & Cabinet) came to about INR 90,000, please note that I had bought only the NVMe SSD now, other components of the PC were bought in February 2020.
The PC works very well and I am happy. Virtual machine instances of Windows 11 runs blazingly fast under Hyper-V on the PC. Below are the benchmark scores from Cinebench:
In the next few years, I am looking forward to the release of the next iterations of Apple Silicon (M2?) based mac computers and to the newer Surface lineup from Microsoft designed especially for Windows 11. Till then, I hope and pray this PC continues to work without issues.