Some parts are pretty old (~2011) and some parts are pretty new (~2015). But the machine still runs like a charm. The next major upgrade (which will be CPU/Mobo/RAM) has to wait…
Buid looks amazing man... The cable sleeves alone deserve a +1
The SandyBridge i7 is still a great gaming CPU, especially when overclocked.
I ran an overclock for a long time but since I upgraded to Windows 10 the overclock doesn't seem to work anymore. Setting an OC in the UEFI is no problem but no tool reports the correct OC. I have to figure this out some time :D
only reason for a sandy bridge upgrade is to a x99 platform work workstation for gaming its fine
It depends. Sandy Bridge is now getting to the point where you need an upgrade for noticeable FPS gains in some games now.
digitalfoundry had an interesting live fps analysis and showed that with the high frequency ram, OC sandy bridge is very similar to skylake. imo only reason to upgrade is either for more cores like e937 said or for usbc, more lanes etc (mobo/platform features)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frNjT5R5XI4 this was the film. 2500k still relevant, amazingly!
That video is awesome. Looks like I have to upgrade my RAM and finally come back to overclocking :D
yeah it also really shows that there aren't that many games which will be CPU bound if you even have a 5 year old 4.5ghz+ quad core with 2k+mhz ram :D
Spot on +1
i know you from tomshardware :)
Awesome build! I want to ask, are you using the stock fans? What's your opinion of them? I'm planning on buying the MasterCase Pro 5 myself and keeping the stock fans would save me $45.
Yep, I'm using the stock fans. They are very quiet. Not comparable to something like Noctua but quiet enough to save the 45 $ :)
title + 1
Sandy bridge + 1
i really like how the blue cables hold. what is that that holds them in line?
Those things are called "Cable combs". I bought them from modDIY: http://www.moddiy.com. This company ships from Hong Kong which was the cheapest solution for me (I'm from Germany). You should definitely check if there's a more convenient place to buy them somewhere near your location.
I see high temps here
I didn't do a thermal test in a long time. Maybe I should do one again. But my CPU isn't overclocked at the moment so hopefully there's nothing to worry about :D
Thank you :)
Not directly a bottleneck but the Motherboard is kinda cheap and lacks features. Especially the SATA ports are placed in a stupid location. Only two of them are accessible with a second graphics card installed.
Regarding an "aesthetic bottleneck": I'm very unsatisfied with the RAM. But getting nice looking DDR3 RAM isn't that easy anymore. Unless you want to spend tons of money :D
Im sandy bridge :p