Waiting for the memory kit I ordered, I thought I could already install the CPU and cooler. That’s why I checked yesterday how much clearance I would have with an attached cooler and if I could install the memory after the cooler. Yes, I can, which is why I now installed the CPU. It’s an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU. I did put it in the AM4 socket of my mainboard as you can see in the photo at the top, and then I did put the thermal paste on it and spread it manually with a piece of plastic from one of the packages. If you want to spread thermal paste manually, this is a nice tip I can give you. Cut out a restangle of plastic from one of the packages and use it as some kind of a spatula to spread the paste evenly.
After I did spread the thermal paste, I did put the Alpenfön Brocken 3 CPU cooler on the brackets I installed yesterday. I don’t have a photo of it, but I also already installed a 1TB NVME. My mainboard has two slots and I definitely will install two NVME’s in them but I just start with one. Reason is that I can then differenciate them. I basically install Windows on the only plugged in NVME. Then when I am done, I plug in the second one. I will then start Windows and shut down the PC to install my old HDD’s in the end.
But before that can happen, I still have a few things to do. There is not too much work left. When the memory kit arrives tomorrow, I just have to put the two modules into the memory banks. Then the entire mainboard can be mounted in the PC case. After that I can start with plugin in all cables and doing cable management. When that is done, I am going to remove the RX 580 graphics card from my current system and put it in the new system as I want to keep using it for another one or two years. When I installed the graphics card on the new mainboard, and when my old HDD’s are installed, that’s the point when I completely switched systems and have a new work and gaming horse.
Not sure yet what I will do with the old system, if I sell some of the parts of if I create a Linux system with it. Let’s see, it’s not an important question yet.