Computer Hardware Purchases

Original Purchase

PC Components Description 3-18-20 Purchase Price, Vendor
GPU GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 WINDFORCE 6G $339.99, Newegg
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $174.99, Newegg
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99, Newegg
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $112.99, Newegg
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99, Newegg
Power Unit EVGA SuperNOVA 750 GA 80+ Gold $79.99, Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $79.99, Newegg
Subtotal $994.93
Total $1109.10
Peripherals Description 4-1-20 Price, Vendor
Keyboard Ducky One 2 SF RGB LED 65% Double Shot PBT $109.00, Mech. K
Monitor LG 27GL83A $377.63, Amazon
Subtotal $486.63
Total $527.99
All-In Total $1637.09

Updates Following Parts Failure

PC Components Description 11-7-21 Purchase Price, Vendor
Motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PRO (WiFi 6) $207.68, Amazon
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600X $309.00, Amazon
Subtotal $516.68
Total $559.30

Update in November, 2021 following some kind of failure of likely the CPU, but possibly the motherboard, in early 2021. I remember I had been listening to music through the computer, and the sound went berzerk and then ended in a loud, rough, “digital” sound that continued unchanging until I quickly turned off the speakers. The screen also went completely haywire. The computer no longer boots, and the “CPU” EZ Debug LED is lit on the motherboard.

I had been interested in updating to a motherboard with built-in wifi anyway, so purchased a new motherboard and new CPU at the same time. My intent is to install all the existing components into the new motherboard (including current CPU) and see if that solves the problem. If it does not, I’ll open and use the new CPU.


Ryzen 5 5600X


Manufacturer AMD
Part # 100-100000065BOX
Core Count 6
Performance Core Clock 3.7 GHz
Performance Boost Clock 4.6 GHz
TDP 65 W
Series AMD Ryzen 5
Microarchitecture Zen 3
Core Family Vermeer
Socket AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
ECC Support No
Packaging Boxed
Performance L1 Cache 6 x 32 kB Instruction, 6 x 32 kB Data
Performance L2 Cache 6 x 512 kB
L3 Cache 1 x 32 MB
Lithography 7 nm
Includes CPU Cooler Yes
Simultaneous Multithreading Yes

Ryzen 5 3600

  • The most frequently-cited CPU on YouTube for gaming/light workstation capabilities at time of purchase.
Manufacturer AMD
Model Ryzen 5 3600
Part # 100-100000031BOX
Core Count 6
Core Clock 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz
TDP 65 W
Series AMD Ryzen 5
Microarchitecture Zen 2
Core Family Matisse
Socket AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
ECC Support No
Packaging Boxed
Includes CPU Cooler Yes
L1 Cache 6 x 32 kB Instruction, 6 x 64 kB Data
L2 Cache 6 x 512 kB
L3 Cache 2 x 16 MB
Lithography 7 nm
Simultaneous Multithreading Yes


  • Fast memory (3600) needed to work with the Ryzen CPU.
  • This particular brand was frequently included in build guides along with the Ryzen 5 CPU.
Manufacturer G.Skill
Part # F4-3600C16D-16GVKC
Speed DDR4-3600
Type 288-pin DIMM
Modules 2 x 8GB
Price / GB $4.624
Color Black
CAS Latency 16
Voltage 1.35 V
Timing 16-19-19-39
ECC / Registered Non-ECC / Unbuffered
Heat Spreader Yes


Asus Tuf Gaming X570 Pro Wifi


Manufacturer Asus
Part # TUF GAMING X570-PRO (WI-FI), 90MB15H0-M0EAY0
Socket / CPU AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset AMD X570
Memory Max 128 GB
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Slots 4
Memory Speed DDR4-2133 thru DDR4-5100
Color Black / Gold
SLI/CrossFire CrossFire Capable
PCI-E x16 Slots 2
PCI-E x8 Slots 0
PCI-E x4 Slots 0
PCI-E x1 Slots 2
PCI Slots 0
M.2 Slots 2242/2260/2280/22110 M-key
Mini-PCIe Slots 0
Half Mini-PCIe Slots 0
Mini-PCIe / mSATA Slots 0
mSATA Slots 0
SATA 6 Gb/s 8
Onboard Ethernet 1 x 2.5 Gb/s
Onboard Video Depends on CPU
USB 2.0 Headers 2
USB 2.0 Headers (Single Port) 0
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Headers 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Headers 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Headers 0
Supports ECC No
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6
RAID Support Yes

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max

  • Most popular motherboard for use with builds in this price range.
Manufacturer MSI
Socket / CPU AM4
Form Factor ATX
RAM Slots 4
Max RAM 64 GB
Color Black
Chipset AMD B450
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Slots 4
Memory Speed DDR4-1866 min, DDR4-4133 max
SLI/CrossFire CrossFire Capable
PCI-E x16 Slots 2
PCI-E x8 Slots 0
PCI-E x4 Slots 0
PCI-E x1 Slots 3
PCI Slots 0
Onboard Ethernet 1 x 1000 Mbit/s
SATA 6 Gb/s 6
M.2 Slots 1
mSATA Slots 0
Onboard Video Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers Yes
Supports ECC No
Wireless Networking None
RAID Support Yes


Per Tim Dettmers:

  • “Currently, my main recommendation is to get an RTX 2070 GPU and use 16-bit training.”
  • “If you are short on money I would recommend any cheap GTX 10XX card from eBay (depending on how much memory you need) or an RTX 2060.”
  • “If you just want to get started with deep learning a GTX 1060 (6GB) is a great option.”
  • RTX 2060 is the most cost-efficient way to have robust deep learning support (includes Tensor cores, see Tim’s analysis quoted below)
    • “From this data, we see that the RTX 2060 is more cost-efficient than the RTX 2070, RTX 2080 or the RTX 2080 Ti. Why is this so? The ability to do 16-bit computation with Tensor Cores is much more valuable than just having a bigger ship with more Tensor Cores cores. With the RTX 2060, you get these features for the lowest price.”

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 is capable of greater than 60 FPS on most AAA games at highest graphics settings.

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Chipset GeForce RTX 2060
Memory 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6
Core Clock 1680 MHz
Boost Clock 1830 MHz
Effective Memory Clock 14000 MHz
Interface PCIe x16
Color Black
Frame Sync G-Sync
Length 280.35 mm
TDP 160 W
DVI Ports 0
HDMI Ports 1
Mini-HDMI Ports 0
DisplayPort Ports 3
Mini-DisplayPort Ports 0
Expansion Slot Width 2
Cooling 3 Fans
External Power 1 PCIe 8-pin
DisplayPort 3


  • Only a very small premium over 2.5" 1 TB standard SSDs (started at $98.99 per PCPartsPicker) at time of purchase.
Manufacturer Crucial
Part # CT1000P1SSD8
Manufacturer Crucial
Capacity 1 TB
Price / GB $0.113
Type SSD
Form Factor M.2-2280
Interface M.2 (M)


Manufacturer Fractal Design
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Black
Power Supply None
Side Panel Window Tinted Tempered Glass
Power Supply Shroud Yes
Front Panel USB USB 3.2 Type-A
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Full-Height Expansion Slots 7
Half-Height Expansion Slots 0
Maximum Video Card Length 315 mm / 12.402"
Dimensions 413 mm x 217 mm x 453 mm, 16.26" x 8.543" x 17.835"
Internal 2.5" Bays 3
Internal 3.5" Bays 2
Volume 40.598 L, 1.434 ft³

Power Unit

Manufacturer EVGA
Part # 220-GA-0750-X1
Form Factor ATX
Efficiency Rating 80+ Gold
Wattage 750 W
Modular Full
Color Black
Type ATX
Fanless No
PCIe 6+2-Pin Connectors 3
EPS Connectors 2
SATA Connectors 6
Molex 4-Pin Connectors 4



  • Cherry MX brown switches
Brand Ducky
Model One 2 SF
Size 65%
Switch Stems MX
Physical Layout US QWERTY
Logical Layout ANSI
Frame Color Black
Frame Top Material Plastic
Frame Bottom Material Plastic
Primary LED Color RGB
Control LED Color RGB
USB Key Rollover Full
Multimedia Keys Yes
Switch Mount Type Plate
Built in Audio Port No
Built in Mic Port No
Interface(s) USB-C
Windows Compatible Yes
Mac Compatible Limited
Linux Compatible Yes
Dimensions 4.25" x 12.80" x 1.57"
Weight 1.40 lbs
Cord Length 60 inches


Manufacturer LG
Part # 27GL83A-B
Screen Size 27"
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Response Time (G2G) 1 ms
Panel Type IPS
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Black / Red
Brightness 350 cd/m
Widescreen Yes
Curved Screen No
Interface HDMI, DisplayPort
Frame Sync Freesync
Built-in Speakers No
DisplayPort 1
Viewing Angle 178° H x 178° V