There’s not a lot of pieces to a desktop computer. Here’s what I have, bought just after the pandemic started and it became clear I was going to be working from home for a substantial amount of time
I had a few goals and requirements for this build:
I knew that I would run several VMs on the workstation, mostly to split out different things I need to do, for example access work related systems via a VPN in a Windows based virtual machine, have a VM for doing demos, ect ect, so I would need at least 64gb of memory.
The cost of this build was, pre-tax, $1300 CDN! With Ontario tax and the $50 build fee it came out to just over $1500. (I should note that this build was done about 7 months prior to this post, so it’s been a while, a quick glance suggests the pricing is still about the same.)
I bought the parts at Memory Express and had them build the system for an extra $50. They were great to work with.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor||$259.99|
|Case||Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower Case, Silent Edition, Black||$89.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 2666MHz CL16 Dual Channel Kit (4x 16GB), Black||$389.99|
|Storage||Western Digital Blue SN550 M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD, 1TB||$169.99|
|Power Source||Corsair RMx Series RM550x 80+ Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply, 550W||$144.99|
|Motherboard||Asus TUF B450-PRO GAMING w/ DDR4-2666||$169.99|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 2GB GDDR5 Low-Profile PCI-E w/ HDMI, DVI||$79.99|
NOTE: This video card is pretty limited, but works great to power a HDMI monitor.
In the end, I couldn’t be more happy with this build. It’s stable, quiet, and, as far as I’m concerned, high performance. But, that said, I don’t play video games, or do any GPU related activities. I just need to output to a monitor. It’s the perfect workstation for me, both from a cost and an experience perspective.