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The Upgrade (A computer 6 years in the making)

by FrozenBerserker



Date Published

Oct. 27, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

926 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


My main machine I've had over the years that I've upgraded over time. I started with a old prebuilt system a friend gave to me after upgrading so I could play League of Legends on something a lot better than an old laptop. Over time I slowly made upgrades where I went from a E5500 paired with a 9800gt to a 860k then paired with a 6870 which was later upgraded to a r9 380 which after being RMA I was returned a nicer RX470. So after changing cases for the second time along with adding SSDs over the years this is my current setup and I couldn't be happier. When RAM prices finally drop down I'll upgrade again to 16GB and if I feel like I need to maybe upgrade the CPU to the newer 7nm Ryzen chips AMD is working on.

Please feel free to make suggestions on what I can do help my cable management as that's something I still need to work on.

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HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I would do a few small upgrades when you have the budget. First, get some $20-30 USD cable extensions to get rid of those ketchup mustard evga cables you have shown. Will upgrade your look tremendously. Maybe red/black set to match your gpu? 2nd, I would get a better cpu cooler. A basic tower cooler would be loads quieter when gaming over the am4 box cooler included with ryzen. Cryorig h7 is popular here. I have the meshify c case also. See my build

Nullarc77 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The stock wraith coolers are pretty quite. I don't know why anyone would think otherwise.

And an aftermarket cooler is simply unnecessary. Especially for the 1400

FrozenBerserker submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

This is true the stock cooler is inaudible to me since I wear headphones all the time anyways and my temperatures even overclocked at 3.8GHz are great. However I do want to get something better down the road both both for performance and looks.

FrozenBerserker submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I'm probably going to get the new Cryorig H7 Plus once it goes on sale and I agree with the cable extensions but I'll probably just end up getting a modular PSU first with all black cables instead and then see how I feel about the look. Thanks for your feedback!

Clooterus 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

You did fine. Just reroute the usb cable to come up from the psu shroud and it should look better.

FrozenBerserker submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

That's actually coming from the wifi card above the motherboard it connects to it to give me bluetooth. I may just remove it and use a usb dongle instead.

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

But also nice setup!

WheatFarmer337 2 points 5 months ago

Looks really good to me. I'd say it's an excellent budget build.

casheesed 6 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Your cable management isn't bad, but since you asked for suggestions I'll give a few. You can run that usb cable behind the Mobo tray and come up under the motherboard instead of around the side. The CPU cooler cable can be zip tied in like a figure 8 and tucked in between the cooler and the ram stick. I'd run the 24pin cable straight across instead of up like you have it. You can sharpie or spray paint the ketchup and mustard. It's a great build with good part choices.

FrozenBerserker submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Oh wow I didn't even think to sharpie the cables. Thanks for that should help a lot with the black theme I have going! The figure 8 idea is good too I'll be sure to update once I get the time to mess around with it again and share the results! Oh and I should mention that the large black cable around the GPU is actually attached to the wifi card above the graphics card. It's used to give me Bluetooth connectivity. It's only long enough to route under the video card and no further. Maybe I'll just remove it entirely if I feel it becomes too much of an eyesore and use a USB bluetooth dongle instead.

casheesed 6 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Ahhh I figured there was a good reason you had that one cable running that way. Functionality trumps aesthetics. Still a great looking build even if you don't touch a thing.

Courtjester8 2 points 5 months ago

Nothing makes me happier than a solid budget build. And this my friend I solid.

You mentioned wanting to upgrade your CPU next. One of the big differences btw 1st and 2nd gen ryzen is that the 2nd gen are able to maintain higher their boost clocks with multithreaded workloads where as 1st Gen will drop the boost clocks. Given that most games poorly utilize multithreading, I would likely prioritize a GPU upgrade over a CPU upgrade here. Later, as more games are developed to use multithreading better with DX12, you may find you'll want your CPU upgrade then at which point you can prob get a solid deal on a used 2nd gen x chip. Also, no need to get more ram immediately. Still not seeing games need more than 8gb esp given the increases in GPU memory over the past 5 years. An upgraded GPU again would likely have more of an effect. Going to a GPU with more memory will allow you to store more textures in memory and give you a nice little boost to your video quality. The important thing with ryzen is making sure you have faster ram as ryzen generally sees better gaming performance with faster ram. You already made sure you have that, so you're solid there as well.

Unless you're hurting for an upgrade now, I'd even hold out for an rx590 assuming reasonable release prices.

FrozenBerserker submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Oh no I'm perfectly fine at this moment performance wise I more than likely won't upgrade my CPU and GPU for at least another year maybe even longer as I'm still on 1080p. Also for the RAM thing I'm planning on upgrading and then handing down my current RAM to my friend for an ITX build I'm making him for Christmas so it's not so hard for him to carry his setup around.

fn230 9 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hey look, a realistic build! I like this. Good part choices and fun story behind it. Your cable management looks fine to me - definitely much better than what I usually see.