My primary battlestation has died But it’s best to not dwell on the past. So, I am moving forward.
There are a lot of new shiny things out there that all look the same to me. So, I’m curious to know if you guys have some good insight, input, and resources so I can learn a bit more about the modern hardware scene and make an informed decision.
Historically, I’ve been an AMD guy. However, around the 2nd gen Intel Core series, I’ve been Intel and Nvidia.
My personal builds have been:
AMD Phenom II + AMD 7970 (or something like that, I’ll refer to these as the 79XX from here on out).
Intel Core i3 + 560Ti (I experimented with AMD GPU shortly after this, and ditched my 560Ti for the superior card at the time, 79XX something or other).
Intel Core i7 + 970
Intel Core i7 + 1080
Shared, experimental, or FAILED builds have been:
AMD Bulldozer + AMD card (I believe it was the RX series – Shared among roommates).
AMD Ryzen 1800X + RX 570 (CPU was DOA, rinse and repeat two times, and I was able to get Windows working, ended up selling it after maybe a week).
Intel Core i7 8th Gen + Nvidia 1080Ti (Short lived, ended up giving it to my brother for graduation, and he bought the GPU off of me to complete the set).
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 + Nvidia 1070 (Played with it for a week, used it as a Fedora server for a month, installed Windows so the wife had a desktop and could play games).
The shared/failed builds is more to show that I kinda know what new stuff is out there. The build that just died was an i7 4790k. I did save the GPU and SSDs.
I am looking for something to handle the high end aspect of gaming and computing. If I learned anything at DreamHack, it’s that I still love to play video games, I just need people to play them with. I am also looking at running a boat load of virtual machines. The most intensive application I run is probably Adobe Premiere or Visual Studio depending on what it’s doing.
My instinct is to default to a modern Intel and call it a day. However, I’ve been really surprised with the Ryzen 5 2600, a mid tier processor (by AMD standards) and have heard a lot of good things about the potential of next gen Ryzen.
Thoughts? Ideas? Links? Resources?
Are Toms Hardware and Overclock dot net still valuable resources? It’s been a while since I’ve looked into all this stuff