Originally built to multi-box 5 accounts in World of Warcraft, today this machine functions as my daily driver. It currently runs my Emby Media Server, a VM sandbox for musicdb, Oculus Rift VR, as well routine life tasks. It will always have job security as long as it runs Windows 10 with its never-ending forced breakware / troubleshooting / optimization and driver conflicts we are always chasing down. I complain but I am comfortable in my little rat wheel.

This is supposedly a great build for OC'ing, but truth be told, I don't notice any real-world gains with OC'ing. I've gone up to 4.4GHz with the Hyper 212 air cooler and everything feels the same. Only benchmarks let you know there is a difference. Bigger numbers on paper. In hindsight, it's all marketing. I definitely over bought (paying around $2200 in 2014). It worked great for WoW but once I "accomplished" the multi-box experiment, the rush of tweaking and maximization was gone, and I was left with unused power (wasted power). Maybe I am experiencing some WoW PTSD from playing for 7 years straight, but I haven't been interested in gaming since 2015 (and I have tried).

The positive side is that this machine has lasted 5 years and is still going strong. I am still able to remain current. I have an Oculus Rift and with the new (new to me) RX 580 STRIX it's pretty neat. A huge upgrade from the R9 290 locked-down fireplace. In the future, I won't buy any of the latest gen hardware. Everything is so powerful nowadays, 2nd generation old hardware is fine unless you are a serious H.265 encoder, on the leading edge of some new technology wave, or if it's a tax write-off, etc.

I am happy with the AMD build. It was pretty rocky at first, the FX-8350 has been a tank, but the R9 290 (non-X) reference was a jet engine with poor performance. I will certainly choose AMD again -especially given the current state of the 2 major chip players, and Intel's future. It's ultimately a matter of personal choice and what company aligns with your values and beliefs. I find myself getting far more upset at a firm's behavior and decisions than the hardware numbers game.

Lessons learned: 1) Your tastes will change as you grow older and wiser. They will often change faster than the reduction of your credit card balance. Try to have them in balance at all times. 2) Look at what you will ACTUALLY use your build for, not what you COULD use it for. Be honest with yourself. 3) Spend less and save more. 4) Relax and have fun.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm working on something right now with LED fans colored like your diagram. You speak the truth about prior generations of parts still meeting realistic needs today. Sometimes this PC part picking business looks like a contest of future-proofing starting now — now — NOW . . . but when you've been there & done that once or twice, it's hard to keep worshipping the next scheduled trend.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh the good ol fx cpu

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Nice to see I'm not the only one who tries to make old hardware work in my advantage. I have a 1050ti with my build but it's nice to see a 580. I might have to give it a try!