Custom System

Near the end of 2019, a decision was made to build a custom machine. Below is a summary of the current system configuration:

ItemNamePrice ($)
power supplyEVGA 700 BR65.21
motherboardMSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC191.98
caseCorsair Carbide Series 175R RGB75.66
CPU coolerNoctua NH-L9i 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler39.95
main storageCrucial MX500 2.5” 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD109.99
secondary storageSeagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200 RPM54.89
system memoryCrucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz DRAM CL19 1.2V DR DIMM (288-pin)130.00 18-inch SATA Serial ATA Cable3.90
processorInter Core i7-8700k Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7GHz (4.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 series) 95W354.99
system fanCorsair ML120 PRO 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan23.99
keyboardMicrosoft Natural Ergonomic 40004.00
mouseHP C2600 (keyboard and mouse combination)25.00
monitorLG 27UK650-W 27 Inch 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR 10 and Adjustable Stand0
USB expansion cardAllegro Pro Type A 4-port USB 3.2 PCIe card with four 10Gbps ports, dual controllers & USB charging × 1139.99
 total cost1224.55

The monitor is one I already owned long before building the machine. The system runs Linux Mint 19.3 Long-Term Support (LTS). The entire system costs less than than my late-2016 MacBook Pro laptop with TouchBar (Built-to-Order) which cost $2450 when new. This machine has been my daily driver. In fact, this machine got me to look into purchasing an Android phone and moving from my iPhone 7, since iOS does not support MTP.