This build was sparked off by a lucky find - an ex-mining Palit GTX 1070Ti for £240. From there, I needed to build a system to: Edit Video, Edit Photos, and Play around with Ubuntu after a 10 year break from Linux.
My 'other' PC is an Intel gaming build, so I wanted this to be functional, powerful and cost effective. I think I achieved that.
The CPU Choice was easy given the price: Ryzen 2700X with it's awesome bundled cooler. That lead on to the mATX MSI Mortar, with 2 M.2 Slots, 4 Ram slots and great functionality. I've got to say I prefer MSI's BIOS too. mATX enabled me to choose my favorite case, the Fractal Design Meshify C.
For 'looks', I opted for some cheap amazon cable extensions just to tidy up the interior, as well as £10 worth of 5050 RGB strips. That's all I spent on Aesthetics.
Speaking of which: My editing on these images isn't on point! This is my first attempt with Darktable, and it's not as intuitive as Lightroom!
For Cooling I retained one of the 2 fans that Fractal supply with the case, and used a pair of Corsair ML120's I already had as intake fans. The Meshify can look great with RGB fans behind the front mesh, but this system is for go, not show and I didn't want to slip over budget.
This system shares mt Acer Predator X34P with my gaming system. I use a cheap USB switcher to flick between systems with the same keyboard and mouse (Corsairs). The monitor is via HDMI for this system, as I can stand to lose the refresh rate and g-sync on a Linux workstation but not my gaming system.
Overall, I'm really happy with this system. It POST'ed first time and it only took a few alterations in BIOS to get it dual booting correctly.
Future plans - I've just fitted a 3Tb Toshiba HDD, and it may end up with 32Gb of 3200Mhz RAM if it proves it's worth. For now, I'm happy with it as it is.