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!