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drop-in upgrade for my 9yo son
by talby
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So my son's current build, a i3-530 / TH55XE / HD 5670, started having some issues, and just decided to upgrade the whole schlemiel, some parts new and some old.

He plays a lot of older titles like hl2, tf2, garry's mod, scribblenauts, killing floor, amnesia, terraria, dead island, portal 2, payday, crysis2, borderlands, orcs must die, dota 2, etc. so this is what he wound up with.

new: cpu & mobo from Microcenter

not really old but not really new: memory & power supply - both are about 6 months ~ 1 year old

kind of old: case & gpu - 3~4 years at least for both

The pics have a set of Team 2 x 2Gb 1333 installed, I used those to do the build, test/burnin w/ slax linux bootable usb and do the initial windows install, to minimize downtime since his current PC was working just crashed once in a while.

Once I was done, and he was asleep, I took his hdd out and copied over his steam dir so he didnt' have to re-download (works wonderfully, once you change ownership to "system" and enable permissions for all users) and swapped out the memory.

The case not having any cable management was a bit of annoyance, so the current wiring just kind of to be zip-tied to itself to not be in the way of the bottom fan or airflow, and behind the mobo was not an option since the side panel is a really tight squeeze, and didn't want to have aunt bunny sit on my side panel just so I can slide the panel onto the case. The only place you can put slack is by the HDD mounts or in the 5.25" bays, I chose the former.

I am sure I will be knocked down a bit for the i3, because we all know how much better the fx-6300 is at multithreaded apps and can overclock... However, isn't that just saying the i3 is a good choice for single-threaded apps non-overclocked?

Part List
Details
Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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Zeus [1 Build] 4 points 9 months ago

For those older games you will find an i3 will actually perform better than a non-overclocked 6300 because of its higher single threaded performance. +1 for a well thought build

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

thanks, and yes once I started looking at the benchmarks and noticed this was running at 3.6Ghz was actually excited to get one!

 
 
animusvox54 3 points 9 months ago

Ah, gmod... Possibly the best game I have ever played. Build looks good, +1 for gmod :D

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

thanks, he can play gmod all day, it's all about the mods! I think that is his favorite one.

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

I guess I've never played Gmod, but know of others who have. Is it something I should familiarize myself with once my boys tire of reproducing Ancient Greece in Minecraft? They really likes mod-friendly games (Minecraft, Dungeon Defenders, etc).

Also, nice upgrade for a reasonable price.

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

+1 to the nice dad with the gamer son. :)

 
 
TheEpicness92 2 points 9 months ago

Nice PC, but you let your 9yo son play Borderlands, Amnesia, and Dead Island?

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 5 points 9 months ago

thanks, I do draw the line with "certain" content in m-rated games, but with violent ones as long as he can separate it from the real-world it's not a problem - all his teachers say he's one of the kindest and most considerate ones in the class...

 
 
Crit 3 points 9 months ago

Just like dexter...

 
 
the13yearoldgenius 1 point 9 months ago

lol

 
 
the13yearoldgenius 1 point 9 months ago

well i got expelled i cant play m games so i dont think it matters

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Cool deal, man. The old 260 still run well? I "loaned" my daughter, my old gtx 260 until I can find her a good deal on a new video card for her pc. She hasn't complained a bit about the 260. I hope she will be shocked by the difference whenever I can get her a 760 or 770 to replace it.

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

yea it actually was a good upgrade from his hd 5670 / ddr5 / 1Gb so he is really happy. It may not be the most power efficient card so the i3 haswell does bring balance to the overall noise and heat.

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Guess that old card did suck down some power. When I got the pc with that particular card in it I could warm my feet at the back of the case in the winter, while playing. Man, it puts out some heat.

 
 
uca1 2 points 9 months ago

I wish my parents would loan me gpu's...

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

If you were my kid I would. It was left over from my old Hp. It did come with the 1.8 gb so whoopwhoop double ram! She will be happy when I can find her an upgrade, I'm sure.

What computer are you using and/or building uca1?

 
 
the13yearoldgenius 1 point 9 months ago

i can take it as an upgrade for my nvidia 5600

 
 
the13yearoldgenius 1 point 9 months ago

lol

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Lol ok let's start the adoption process.

 
 
the13yearoldgenius 3 points 9 months ago

sounds good to me :D

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

If that 260 runs Crysis 2, I don't have as much worry for the future now :P

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Your cable management is awesome considering how bad the case is for it! Great resourcefulness.

EDIT: It looks like you've got something mounted in one of the 3.5" bays, besides the HDD, but I can't figure out what it is. Care to share?

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

thanks, its just an old floppy drive, I could not find the panel so I just threw it in to keep dust out lol - same with the old CDRW in the 5.25" bay just to fill in the hole until I can find the panel cover.

Probably in a box in my basement, needle in a haystack at this point :)

 
 
dimasimr [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I am helping some friends with REALLY budget based PC. I like 1600 DIMM, but how do you find the 1333?

Also, this looks nice andyou said to check this out. I did and I like it.

 
 
talby [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

thanks, the 1333 I just used for the install and would probably work just fine in this system if I left it in there, the performance difference is really minimal between the 1333 and 1666 speed, the bigger difference is the 4gb to 8gb jump since he runs the standalone gmod multi-player servers all the time as well as the client to join the game with his group.

So the 1333 is just fine for a budget intel rig, for AMD APU the 1666 will benefit more since the graphics performance will be improved. I see a lot of 1866 ram in APU builds to accomodate overclocking.

cheers!

 
 
dimasimr [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

That's good to know. I just put together a very budget friendly rig and 1333 is too much less expensive than 1600, so I figured that I didn't need to reduce to a 1333; although, with some RAM, 1333 isn't really reducing, and she's mostly plays some lower syestem-requiring games, so 4-8 gb of any ram should be fine.