Description

I never wanted to let my old PC go, my first build ever (when tigerdirect was actually relevant), however I decided it was time... The original PC was built in 2008, awesome build at the time, Lynnfield i5 750 @ 2.67 GHz, LGA 1156, 2x4 Dual Channel RAM at 666Mhz. Then I realized, my baby was built in 2008, which was 8 years ago. Yeah, replacing the GfX Card at one point helped a bit, and at the least, kept it playing modern games. Little did I realize, I wasn't playing modern games anymore, they were just 'modern' to me. (I also do a bit of video editing and rendering, but more on that later.)

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 6 points

Very solid upgrade over the old Lynnfield; with these specs and the good quality components, it can hopefully last you another 8 years. Nice color coordination, too. :D

Also, brace yourself for comments on how the GTX 960 shouldn't go with the i7. :P The way I see it, if the 960 offers enough graphics power for you, there's nothing wrong with that.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I used to be one of those people who blindly criticizes builds with i7 and midrange GPU, until I built one with the similar config. Boy do I want to dropkick myself in the throat back then :c

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For CPU heavy games, a faster CPU paired with a midrange or worse GPU can be a prudent cost saving measure if you're not concerned about graphics quality.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Besides, It leaves more money in his build for a future pascal/polaris card if he wants

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a steal... so I thought. $169.99. Wasn't worried about the card, just looking towards the future and compatibility. We shall see. I wasn't about to put my old 750ti in this build...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

omg 169! that is a steal. Was really questioning why 960 but at that price. Awesome!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm waiting to see what happens with Pascal. I got the 960 for $169.99 after rebate. It's the bottleneck, and I was trying to keep within budget, at the same time keeping in mind the future. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I gotcha. Any plans for the 960 once you're done with it?

Also, keep in mind that any CPU can bottleneck any GPU and vice versa; just depends on what you're doing with the machine. ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I've built a few PCs for family, and a couple for clients, unfortunately I haven't saved the builds on PCPartPicker. This is an awesome website! I'll find another rig to put it in when the time comes.

I know I was taking a risk when building this given the unknowns of the future, however it was really just time to build a new PC, even if the CPU cannot handle the GPUs of the future.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I see; that's rather nice. I'd love to see what other sorts of builds you've made sometime. :D

Physically, CPUs and GPUs don't bottleneck each other; the occurrence of bottlenecks depends entirely on what you do with the computer (unless you're using a CPU with only PCIe 1.0 support and the GPU requires full PCIe 2.0 x16 bandwidth, or something very exotic like that). It's only when you start doing stuff that's either very intensive on the CPU or very intensive on the GPU that you start to see things happen.

You could totally run a Pentium with a GTX 980 Ti or hypothetical future 1080 Ti, and it wouldn't bottleneck as long as the tasks you're doing are light enough on the CPU. Or inverting the situation, an i7-5860K could bottleneck a dinky little GT 610 if the tasks you're doing are extremely CPU heavy.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Your build is similar to what mine was going to be before I got all crazy and starting throwing cash at it. I'll always have love for the H440 with a black and white theme!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - BTW, love how you machined out the NZXT H440 on your case!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I wanted to do something that would increase airflow and allow light to shine through. It turned out just as amazing as I had hoped.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

AAAAAAAHHH why does everyone buy a i7 when instead they should spend extra money on there GPU.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, colors and everything spot on. Quick question, why did you pick that card?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a feeling I'm going to get asked this quite a bit lol. Picked it up for $169.99, which is a deal at the time of this comment, and trying to stay within budget. Will be upgraded later :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend to upgrade this first (kinda the only thing you have left)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree. NVIDIA has an announcement tonight regarding the new consumer-level Pascal cards!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

plus 1 for mobo&h440 combination, I have mostly same spec with your rig lol. Do you overclock your cpu?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sry for the late response. There has been no need to OC... This processor is amazing. Worth the money.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Don't link the word longevity to AIO Watercoolings please

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

In the title's defense he did add the ? mark.

For the unknown....... : )

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh oh, what don't I know about the All in ones?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Because for a few years it will work fine but after, the pump will start to leak. All-In-One solutions are definitely not durable, except for something like that : http://www.ekwb.com/predator/

Aircooling is better in many ways Sorry for my bad english :/

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Are you sure? I can't find any evidence that AIO's are prone to leaking; maybe a really low quality one perhaps, but his Corsair H100i GTX should be just fine. If anything, the pumps in AIO coolers could potentially fail in 5-7 years - which is usually the lifespan of most computer components anyway. I don't know why you made it seem like "AIO" and "longevity" were two terms that just COULDN'T go together lol. Here is some evidence backing this up: http://www.overclock.net/t/1492920/life-expectancy-of-aio-water-cooler https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/130162-lifespan-of-closed-looped-water-coolers/ http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2338533

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

TY! :)