Description

Replacement for my 10 year old Phenom II X4 955 System Use for email/Youtube Viewing/Web searches

I wanted a system that would boot fast. I also wanted to start learning how to overclock computers.

With the SSD, I am able to cold boot to Window 10 and begin working in only 25 seconds. My old system would take about 8 minutes to finish booting to Window 7 to where I could do useful work.

Some parts I bought more than a year before I put the computer together and they are a little out-dated. If I was to build this machine today, I would replace the 256GB 850 EVO with two 512GB ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro M2 SSD and not put in the 1T Hard Drive.

I would also use a smaller case so that I could fit it under my desk.

Without increasing any CPU voltages, I was able to get a stable 4.6GHz on the core clocks With AVX set at -1.

Part Reviews

CPU

I mostly use my system in single threaded applications. I needed a processor where I could get the maximum CPU clock speeds. The i3-8350K processor is ideal for my applications. I am able to over- clock the 4 cores to 4.6GHz and have a very responsive system. I deducted 1 star because of high cost of the processor otherwise I would have given it 5 stars

Motherboard

I really like this mother board from MSI. It is a low cost mother board that has a 10 phase power system. Most other low cost mother boards only have 6 or fewer power phases. It also supports PCIe 3 4x16 M2 slots for NVME boot drives. The bios software is easy to use.

Memory

This RAM has worked without any issues in my system

Storage

This is a good choice for a boot SSD. I haven't had any issues using this as my boot drive. I have notice a slight slow down in writes over the year that I have used this SSD. The SSD is currently 40% full.

Case

This case can handle very large coolers and has enough room for large components.

Power Supply

I have used this supply for almost a year and have had 0 issues with it.

Optical Drive

I use the DVD drive a lot and the tray is solidly built.

Case Fan

I added this fan on the CPU cooler for a push/pull arrangement. The fan is able to move the air and is mostly quite.

Case Fan

These fans can move air and are very quiet. I wish that Aerocool would make a 4 pin PWM version for this fan.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Something like this will last forever as a nice daily driver. Nice build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the same thing recently , about the SSD . Why not have two ssd instead of one ssd boot and one HDD storage?

You did mention a slight slowdown in the ssd so maybe there isn't enough long term info about using a 1tb plus ssd over time.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

SSDs are just so much faster than Hard Drives that from now on I plan on only using SSDs. Now that 1TB SSDs are getting down to $100. On my next machine I plan on getting a 500MB M2 PCIe 3 x4 NVME SSD for the boot drive and a lower cost 1TB SSD for my programs and data.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Using onboard intel video?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I am using the integrated graphic for now. When I built this graphic card prices were too high and I wanted to wait for them to come down. I am thinking about putting a GTX 1660 or a less expensive RX 570.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Why can I see a cryorig cpu cooler in the picture but you listed a raijintek?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that is a Cryorig H5 Ult. in the machine. I bought the cooler before I bought the CPU. I originally thought that I was going to buy an i7-8700K CPU. But after looking at my actual use of the machine, and the price difference, I ended up only getting an i3 CPU.
I did buy the Raijintek cooler and intended to use it. But, when I actually built the system, I decided to use the H5 as I was going to try to OC the CPU and wanted to start with the better cooler. The Raijintek would work just fine with the i3-8350K