2021 Custom PC Visual WorkStation

Project: create a workstation-class custom PC for content creation based on the Yuel Beast Motif Monument open chassis design for Mini-ITX motherboards.

Desired Specs

  1. Motif M0nument CPU case.
  2. AMD Ryzen 9 5950Hx or 5900HX CPU.
  3. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 or 3080.
  4. Gigabyte X570i Aorus Pro Mini-ITX Motherboard
  5. 64GB DDR4 3600 RAM.
  7. 850-750 watt SFX power supply,
  8. Visually striking coolers.
  9. Custom cabling.

Design Criteria:

1) Phase one – Late February 2021 to Late March 2021 : acquire case and available base components. Currently, and persistently for 2020 and 2021 the AMD Ryzen 5900HX CPU and AND NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPU’s are unavailable at a retailer, rather they are purchased so quickly by shopping bots that the only way to acquire one is to pay scalper prices from retailers and private sellers. With that obstacle in place, the best course of action in order to make progress on the custom build is to buy the base components which are not subject to wild price fluctuations, although they are also experiencing temporary stock shortages as of Q1 & Q2 2021.

Time is money on this project — which cuts both ways. The longer the build remains incomplete the base components age, drop in price, and will eventually be superseded by new and better models and technology. The yet realized upside is a price drop on certain things as they become available again and are replaced by newer units. Hover, the Graphics Card dilemma of 2020-21 is not likely to abate or resolve itself prior to fall 2021 and is likely to continue well into 2022.

2) Phase Two – April 21, 2021- Graphics Card Mania.

An alternate the NVIDA based RTX 3000’s was secured directly from AMD/Digital River. Shipping time was fast. I will not be able to use this card because the main content creation applications I work in only offer NVIDIA acceleration and support using the studio drivers.¬† This is otherwise a great GPU at a decent price at a period of time when GPU’s at non-scalping prices are hard to find.

AMD RX6800

3) Phase Three – May 4th, 2021 – AMD 5950HX was purchased directly from AMD/Digital River. Shipping time was remarkably fast.