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Decided to upgrade from a laptop to an actual computer meant for gaming. i wasnt in the market for a lot of high end tech but with some researching and googling i realized I could get older hardware cheaper with 3-7fps differences compared to the latest hardware. Ended up grabbing an I7-2600k and a msi p67 board for cheap via ebay and so far things have been running great, even overclocked the processor to 4.5Ghz on air with very reasonable temps. Also bought the old power supply that was still in the box, kinda regret it since its not modular but it does the job.

Next was the video card which took me about 2-3 months to buy since I was doing fine with a gtx 560 a friend had given me. (ran well on league of legends/csgo) Eventually newer games needed more power and I went with the r9 390 over the gtx 970. Temps were an issue, going up to 87c while playing Rainbow Six Siege. So after some more google/Reddit searches i found that you could fit the kraken g10 cooler on the card. I didnt want to do a custom water cooling loop so this was the next best thing and it was a success! temps dropped to 55-61c during siege and 40c on other games such as rocket league (used to run at 52c)

Also upgraded the case from an Antec 902 To the Nzxt s340 for more room and just how nice and clean it looks with decent cable management. The stock fans kinda suck so i changed the top fan but kept the rear fan. All of this took me a few months of minor upgrading and not wanting to spend too much all at once but for now im done with it and decided to post it on here. Might crossfire in the near future and of course upgrade the PSU to allow that.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I always seem to find myself enjoying builds of older hardware vs the latest and greatest equipment. Kudos to you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing how much paste was on that MSI cooler. Wouldn't see that on a Gigabyte 390x!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

There was a **** ton on the die as well, i forgot to take a photo before i cleaned it off but wow it was a lot. It had even spread onto the board itself, just a bit tho which i cleaned off

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah compared to pic 28 you can see the difference.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

If it's an i5 or i7, it's never old...

Those CPUs series are the best!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hey hows that i7 holding up? is it LGA1150 socket? rightnow im using the i5-4570 non k

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually holding up really well, based on benchmarks of games using the 390 i usually have the same amount of frames when using this proccesor (they tend to use the latest processor or around yours) also about the Gpu Aio, it hasnt leaked or failed yet. No issues either, i checked for leaks prior to installing and when i installed it i left the case open with paper towels just incase it does leak after the pump runs. But the pump worked and no leaks.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

oh also question on the AIO for the GPU. have you had pump or leak issues with it? looking to cool down my 760 under load im getting 85c to 91c wanting to bring those temps down

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 It always cool to see older hardware being re-purposed for a new life. That's a pretty decent savings on the CPU/MOBO. 4.5GHz is a very respectable OC! This thing must game like a champ.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! it was my very first build but i had done tons of research before making it. Overclocking is actually pretty easy both cpu and gpu wise. Does game like a champ! mostly 60 fps at 1080p on ultra/max settings on most games I have played, so far the division is the only one that hovers around upper 50s but still good enough for my tastes.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

nice work i need to work on my cable management with my 2700k temps are a little high then again at 5.0ghz can you blame it good build though clean and old but still kicking it hard