Office and gaming in one? We are building a work computer suitable for gaming and are amazed at Ryzen and Radeon | PC practice
If you absolutely need a new computer, you have to accept the extreme prices on the one hand and the limited availability of the components on the other. That’s annoying, but it probably won’t change anytime soon. Because you can’t always choose when to upgrade, or the conditions never really match 100% anyway, it is now the way it is. The world goes on, the dealers at the station and we as end consumers at the trickling cash tap of our own coal storage.
For many reasons today’s project is not a mental game of a bored journalist, because the PC was really needed in this form! Then it was just a case of closing your eyes and going through it, even if the financial commitment was a real hammer. Perhaps in six months there will be a question whether it was really necessary. Well it was. In the following I will introduce you to a PC based on AMD-based core components and the aim was to make the system as quiet and powerful as possible and still – under the current market conditions – to remain as cheap as possible.
I hardly dare to write, but the costs at the time of purchase (on January 21, 2021) amounted to a whopping 2,182.10 euros at the participating German online retailer. Incidentally, all components were purchased at their own discretion; there was no free component support from the manufacturer or dealer. There was therefore no influence on the review. That in advance. Since this PC is not my property, but belongs to my brother after assembly, I would not like to leave it unmentioned at this point, as I had the PC available for this test for a few days after assembly.
I’m pretty sure that it should have cost him a lot to overcome, because who doesn’t want to get started right away? It is well known that not all CPUs could be tested with the same memory (or identical memory clock) is due to the nature of the three Ryzen generations. Some things just didn’t work.
The system in detail
Let’s see what I found on my shopping list:
|Processor:||AMD Ryzen 7 5800X|
|Mainboard:||MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk|
|RAM:||32 GB (4x 8 GB single ranked) G.Skill RipJaws V 3600 MHz CL 16-16-16-36|
|SSD 1 / M.2:||1x Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500 GB|
|SSD 2 / M.2:||1x Crucial P2 1000 GB|
|Graphic card:||16 GB PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 Red Dragon|
|Casing:||be quiet! Pure Base 500 (schwarz)|
|Power adapter:||850 Watt be quiet! Straight Power 11 Modular 80+ Gold|
|CPU cooler:||be quiet! Pure Loop 240 mm (AIO Wasserkühlung)|
|Others:||be quiet! Pure Wings 2 120 mm (Gehäuselüfter)|
First, let’s take a look at the nasty cost drivers. Since the scalper prices for graphic cards and fuss are currently no longer festive, I will not mention the sources at this point, which I have laboriously stuffed with a lot of money. Well, I was just lucky with the graphics card in the form of the PowerColor RX 6800XT Red Dragon., It can happen. The motherboard in the form of the MSI B550 Tomahawk is a very solid and good compromise between cost and performance, especially since it has very good voltage converters and there is no other weakness.
In addition, there was AMD’s Ryzen 7, which is a bit behind the Ryzen 5 5600X in terms of price, but still offers the best compromise to the bolides with 2 CCXs if you have to work with it. One notices the 4 threads more. The storage is rather unsuspicious and SSDs have to be simple, of course. The Samsung 970 Evo Plus as a system disk is fast enough and the Crucial P2 as a temporary data grave is certainly not a bad choice. I thankfully waived PCIe 4.0 here (also for financial reasons).
So and now comes the first cash drop. Because at the end of the budget there was still a lot of shopping list left. Of course, buying junk isn’t possible either, and it plays into my hands that my dear brother didn’t order an illuminated Christmas tree. If you then limit yourself to the essentials, i.e. the unlit, you get decent components at a fair price, which you might not have expected at first. Bearing in mind all of Igor’s research on the subject of load peaks in high-end graphics cards and thick CPUs, I have come to the be quiet! Straight power 850 watts of gold grabbed the largest item.
The case didn’t have to illuminate the room either, which is why it became a Pure Base 500. Solid and still big enough, plus timelessly simple – so ideally suited for longer use in the office without any optical dislocations that will quickly become unnerving walk. With the Pure Loop 240, I screwed a suitable AiO water cooling onto the hot Ryzen 7 5800X, it is completely sufficient and does not interfere with phone calls if the CPU has to work hard on the side.
In the end it was only enough for the Pure Wings 2 as an additional case fan, but as long as you don’t go full throttle here, they are better than you might think. The limit was “about” 2000 euros, but with the best will in the world it could not be kept without compromising. Then rather like this and durable. In the end, the price driver was of course the graphics card, but close your eyes and … but we’ve had that before. But now we leave it open, it’s up to the assembly!
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, 8C / 16T, 3.80-4.70GHz, boxed without cooler (100-100000063WOF)
|Central warehouse: 5 items in stock, delivery 1-3 working days Branch Wilhelmshaven: 5 items in stockStand: 21.02.21 12:30||445,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:25|
|in stock, delivery time 1-2 days||446,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:23|
|in stock, delivery 2-3 working days||449,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:21|
MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk (7C91-001R)
|Central warehouse: 5 items in stock, delivery 1-3 working days Branch Wilhelmshaven: 5 items in stockStand: 21.02.21 12:30||154,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:25|
|Available immediately, delivery time max. 1-3 working days||154,90 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:25|
|In stock||161,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:24|
be quiet! Straight Power 11 850W ATX 2.4 (BN284)
|Unknown delivery time||159,00 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:25|
|Pre-order now||164,90 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:21|
|Delivery date unknown||169,90 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:23|
be quiet! Pure Base 500 schwarz, schallgedämmt (BG034)
|Delivery time 3-4 working days||58,91 €*Stand: 21.02.21 08:03|
|Delivery time 3-4 working days||59,03 €*Stand: 21.02.21 07:48|
|Central warehouse:> 5 items ordered, expected in 2 working days Branch Wilhelmshaven:> 5 items ordered, expected in 2 working daysStand: 21.02.21 12:30||63,71 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:25|
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm (BW006)
|in stock, delivery time 1-2 days||81,50 €*Stand: 21.02.21 12:23|
|Available from 02.26.2021, delivery time (once available): 3-4 working days||81,50 €*Stand: 21.02.21 07:48|
|Available from 02.26.2021, delivery time (once available): 3-4 working days||83,86 €*Stand: 21.02.21 08:03|