Hello everyone! Here's the latest build i completed for a client, he had a relatively outdated system (running an i5 2500, Asus p67 mobo and Radeon 5830 GPU). So he contacted me and wanted some advice for an upgrade. He is mainly a productivity person however he does light gaming, the most intensive thing he'd do is play COD.
Whatever has a price next to it was purchased new for the upgrade, anything without a price was from the previous build.
The system was built way back when sandy bridge was first released and apparently it wasn't cleaned until he brought it to me so when i first got it i had to do a fair bit of cleaning (hence the first pics). Though i treat every system i work on for clients as my own and gave it some TLC. removed all the fans and cleaned all the individual blades, removed the front and top cover and cleaned between the frame and plastic and all the fan grills. The psu etc made sure it was all good before i put the new parts in. I'm really keen on cable management as you can tell lol, everything is tied down neatly and the intake fan isn't drawing dust into the case like it was before. So overall The build is running fast and clean, he was ecstatic with the job and gave me a tip so that was kind of him. IF you'd like to know why i recommended these parts, you can continue reading.
He doesn't need anything over the top CPU-wise so the 6500 was the best choice for being both up to date (for future proofing) and great single core performance. As he'll be using Adobe acrobat, light video editing with cyberlink powerdirector 14, and lots of Microsoft office things.
He already had DDR3 ram so I informed him that it could still be re-purposed even though skylake is natively accustomed to DDR4 memory. All he had to do was grab this specific board which is compatible with DDR3. Personally, i enjoyed working with the board as the layout is straight forward and the manual was sooo detailed. Hooking up the front panel connectors was a breeze which was a pleasant surprise with a "non-mainstream board." Kudos to ASUS!
He told me that everything loaded really slowly on his previous system, and well if he's going to be upgrading he'd need to improve the system all around, which means getting an SSD. This A-Data premier SP550 is a fast and reliable drive with nothing over the top. It boots into windows 10 within 15 seconds after pushing the power button and installing windows and other programs just flew by.
As i mentioned earlier, the most intensive game he'll be running is Call of duty so this will be able to max it out at 1080p with ease. I've personally ran Battlefield 4 to make sure the card was working properly and wouldn't crash under load. In terms of fps the card at stock settings was stable at 50fps on high settings at the most intensive parts, could be pushed to ultra however it would dip down to the low 40's when it got intense. Considering it could do that, it's horsepower will be ample for his needs.
I helped cut costs by installing Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, and CyberLink PowerDirector14 so he's all set and good to go!
Overall, both him and I are happy with the end result and i'm confident he'll come back in a few years when it's time to upgrade again! It's all about the customer service.