As Ireland went into second lockdown of 2020, I've decided to upgrade my home personal computer.
I use my PC for gaming, hacking around with Linux and general wasting time in the Internet.
Previously I used PC with Intel i5-3550. After an SSD, GPU and memory upgrades it was still a very capable machine. It is actually still in use today to play some less demanding games co-op with my spouse. However I was not 100% happy with how some CPU-heavy games behaved (city/transport simulators), and compile times were getting annoyingly long while hacking. Another thing I was not happy about is fan management - the old PC had proprietary Lenovo motherboard which would spin case and CPU fans too much.
Given above I wanted:
- Quietness. Ideally I wanted it to be semi-passive so that all fans will stop completely under light load.
- Good single-core performance for games which don't do multi-threading too well.
- 8 or more cores for compiling stuff (also, it's fun to have many bars in