Description

A friend from college needed to find a solution for a new SSD after a Crucial went awry on him. After recommending an Intel SSD, he turned his sights on the possibility of simply upgrading his entire Sandybridge rig.

After about a month of brainstorming and a few recommendations, he decided on going with a Devil's Canyon build. Seeking out the highest performance and expandability for his dollar, this was the end result.

i5 2500 to i7 4790K

It was supposed to be a simple upgrade, but I decided to throw in a few extras when I heard gaming would be on the menu...

RAM OC 1333 10/10/10/30/T2 to 1600 9/9/9/27/T1 CPU OC 4.7GHz (still kept her below 1.3 vCore)

I've been told it runs exceptionally well, and the thermals are kept within reasonable levels (after a quick swap of the radiator fans and the pump headers).

Favorite component is definitely the Sabertooth. An amazing looking board, and a top-tier BIOS. Much more pleasant OC experience than my own ROG Rampage IV GENE!

Pictures included contain some before shots for comparison. Original build parts which were maintained with this upgrade include all storage other than the Intel SSD, PSU, both RAM kits, Case and Peripherals. Client intends to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro on 7/29 (date of publishing 7/27).

Clarification: The 270X was purchased with the intention of being used on the upgrade, but /was/ from the previous PC. It was not a component selected for this build.

Thank you for the opportunity to assist, sir!

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

solid build, though could have saved a few by going with a i5-4690k, which is like the sweet spot cpu for gaming and gotten a better gpu, maybe a 960 or 280x. just saying just saying :)

though that 270x 4GB for $210...oh man, much better ones out there for that price >.< (GTX 960, R9 280/280x, R9 380, even the R9 290)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The graphics card was purchased before the beginning of the upgrade (at a discount) by the client, but for the purpose of being a part of the new PC.

I believe it was purchased quite a bit ago at that price, hence the (purchased) tag. Everything with a $0.00 was part of the old build as well. I believe the client intends to upgrade the GPU next.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok! that clarifies it! Just when the prices were listed, I assumed the $0 were the ones purchased already and the one's with prices were the parts you just bought, so I was gonna say.... lol! :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird combination of an i7 and a 270x but ok

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a pre-existing card from the old PC, which was bought toward the end of the previous build's useful life. It was not of my choosing. It was arguably a component upgrade on the old PC, which was carried over out of necessity, and cost reasons.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the graphics card come from the previous build as well?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The graphics card was purchased before the beginning of the upgrade (at a discount) by the client, but for the purpose of being a part of the new PC.

Suffice it to say what it replaced was in dire need of being replaced. I believe he plans on upgrading at some point, but only after visible performance issues on his current games.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I've heard nothing but praise about it. I look forward to his benchmarks after his GPU gets an upgrade. Hoping he jumps from AMD to Nvidia, but we know how pricey those cards get.

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