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This is the parts list for my former gaming PC, which I built in 2011 to play DXHR. I put it together mostly to get a feel for this site's interface. Oddly, the site's compatibility filter claims that the motherboard and CPU are incompatible, but if so, that hasn't stopped this computer from chugging along for eight years.

Nothing here is for bragging rights or anything, but I find it notable that despite being so old, it still plays most of the games I want to play. Barely ever crashed in DOOM 2016! (I did have to upgrade the graphics card about 5 years ago when the original broke though.) But it's getting long in the tooth and I have disposable income again, so I'm likely to build a new one at some point.

This computer's been repurposed to a business machine.

It's replacement is up!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

It's never too late to post a pc build. The first pc I posted on this site (Legion) was my second build and I later posted my first build.

Good to see your pc is still playing the games you like.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You put a lot of work into Legion, I can see! I've started on a new build and idk if you mind taking a look but I'd be interested in your thoughts: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/littleraskol/saved/988k6h

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The parts look nice. In fact you really seem to have done your homework because a lot of these have a good price/performance. But I do have a few questions:

1) are you fully committed to any/all of these parts? If you wanting to save money there could be a couple of corners to cut.

2) Do you need a full tower sized case? Or do you just like this case in particular?

3) Have you considered a gpu with an after-market cooler rather than a blower style? (I haven't looked at the price of other RX 5700s yet)

4) Are you planning on overclocking in the future? It's alright if you're not, I can understand that this motherboard is great for overclocking and comes with on-board wifi. However you can get a cheaper motherboard (even other x570 boards) and buy a wireless internet adapter for around $20 to $30.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your kind words!

  1. Not really committed to any parts, other than a weird lingering possibly irrational Brand Loyalty to AMD and desire for parts to have some sense of... shared ecology, I guess. (I've already got a suggestion to swap it out for a Nvidia card and I'm ambivalent about that...) What do you suggest?
  2. I don't know if I need it, I am very undecided about cases. I think a problem with case selection is that I have an optical drive that I might not really need, so that limits options.
  3. I have been looking for non-blower fans because I know why they're bad, but it seems like there are a lot of good types out of stock right now in the RX 5700 family.
  4. Never really messed with overclocking but I figure it's something I might experiment with when the build gets older, see if I can squeeze more use out of it. Cheaper MB is something I've really been thinking about for this build.
  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/drferrell/saved/LhhrVn

Ok, so here is a what I compiled. This was made with the goal of "same performance for less." From what you had listed. I will admit, you had already done a great job compiling your part list so hopefully it could at least give you some ideas. So here is what I did different.

1) Motherboard: MSI makes great motherboards, I've been using them for a while now and their motherboards are rock solid in performance. The MSI MPG x570 is the same chipset as the motherboard you had before, but minus the RGB (RIP). Although it does have some nice coloring to it. No wireless adapter I'm afraid, but is much cheaper than the previous motherboard (-$50)

2) The RAM selecting is the exact same as your RAM, but at a frequency of 3200 mhz instead of 3600 mhz. In all honesty, I only did this to cut some corners without sacrificing performance. AMD chips are great at taking advantage of faster memory speeds for greater gains in gaming, something that intel lacks. But I think that everyone usually goes for speeds up to 3200 mhz because you start to get smaller gains at more of a cost. That said, you'll only be saving $10. If you want a little more "oomf" in performance go for the 3600 mhz. (-$10)

3) For SSD storage, I found that the Intel 660p series m.2 NVME SSD is a better price/performance than the Samsung. The SSD is of great quality, with fast load times, and even faster boot times compared to regular HDD. Though it is not really recommended for large file transfers, but if all you're doing is gaming I would highly recommend this SSD. (-$75)

4) With the GPU, I was not able to find any after-market cooler that was available. What I did find was a Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 for only about $20 more, but what you gain in performance out weighs the cost for a good GPU cooler. Plus it matches the MSI motherboard, so there is a little bit of flare there. (+$20)

5) I'll be honest I am not too sure about this case, but I choose it for a few reasons. a) It is way cheaper. b) easy to work with in cable managing with protruding side panels. c) still provides decent air flow. However there are some cons to this case; It only comes with 2 120 mm fans, there is no PSU shroud, and less room to work with. Honestly, take this recommendation with a grain of salt. While I honestly think this case can fit the bill, it may not be exactly what you want. The case is one of the hardest parts to select because in the end YOU will be the one building in it and will be looking at it for as long as you have it. (-$30)

6) For you your wireless internet needs, the TP-link Archer...... well it's a wireless adapter. I honestly haven't done much research on these things, like ever. I just bought mine (now obsolete) because it was the most commonly used at the time. The benefit of these things is that they are plug-&-play. Now drivers need or any other work needed. (+$30)

7) Artic Case fans. These are %100 optional. When cooling your PC is vital to make sure that there is decent airflow in your PC. Most PC cases that are considered Mid to high quality these days will come with maybe one or if you're lucky two fans. I make it a rule of thumb to have at least two intake fans to bring cool air into you computer and one exhaust fan to direct warm air out. Again totally optional, as in will probably only cool your pc by about a few degrees. Also if you do these fans are really good quality for a great price. (~+$10)

So tl:dr, this part list is a little over $100 cheaper but should be able to deliver the exact performance that you are looking for. Price of peripherals and other things were included.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for this! Your case and MB suggestions are spot on, and I'm going to look into the Intel 660p.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Always cool to see older builds being posted here. Those old Phenom X4 chips hold up surprisingly well over time.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first got it, it was like, "Phenom II Black Deneb" or something, parts manufactures love to give these mystic names that made me feel like I was installing some ancient cursed glyph into my motherboard, lol.

Your builds are really impressive btw, was wondering what you think of this: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/littleraskol/saved/988k6h

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked at the Sovereign III list. I think it'll look great, but I'd recommend waiting until aftermarket-cooled 5700 cards come out. I have a Gigabyte OC 5700XT on the way! :D

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this because the basic ones have very loud fans? I was concerned about that tbh. Initially I had a "Red Devil" model in there, swapped it out to save some money.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

They have rather loud fans and run very hot, at least the XT models do. Not sure about the standard 5700s, but XTs with blower configs were hitting 90c in some benchmarks.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The HAF cases were my dream ones back then, too bad I didn't have enough money for them :) Nice to see one again.