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:

Item Name Price
power supply EVGA 700 BR 65.21
motherboard MSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC 191.98
case Corsair Carbide Series 175R RGB 75.66
CPU cooler Noctua NH-L9i 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler 39.95
main storage Crucial MX500 2.5” 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD 109.99
secondary storage Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200 RPM 54.89
system memory Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz DRAM CL19 1.2V DR DIMM (288-pin) 130
cable 18-inch SATA Serial ATA Cable 3.9
processor Inter Core i7-8700k Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7GHz (4.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 series) 95W 354.99
system fan Corsair ML120 PRO 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan 23.99
keyboard Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 4
mouse HP C2600 (keyboard and mouse combination) 25
speakers Philips 5
monitor LG 27UK650-W 27 Inch 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR 10 and Adjustable Stand 0
USB expansion card Allegro Pro Type A 4-port USB 3.2 PCIe card with four 10Gbps ports, dual controllers & USB charging × 1 139.99
total cost 1224.55


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 costed $2450. 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.