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So I got a warehouse deal on a cheap-ish motherboard from Amazon Warehouse. It's a mining board, but there's a slot for a GPU and that's all I needed. I got an AMAZING deal on an RX570, only $50 CANADIAN and it required just 1 flashing of the bios to get it running perfectly. Found the CPU and RAM on kijiji for a steal and the rest was on cheap side too.

This build I put together on stream and all I wanted from it was to play some e-sports games and BR's. You know what, it worked like a charm. I added a bit of red LED charm to it and she was good to go.

Sold this bad boy to a teen and his dad that same week. He was excited to have it and I was excited to have his money. All in all a great deal.

Thanks for reading and please follow me on twitch at twitch.tv/misterchristie.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

It truly shows just how much CPUs have advanced in the last four years when the Skylake i5 is relegated to "potato" status. I think AMD really shook up the whole market with it's Zen architecture. Straight 4-core processors just aren't the go-to gaming chips they once were due to the huge jump in core count for even entry-level CPUs, now game developers are optimizing for 6, 8 and even more threads on an ever-increasing basis. I remember the moment when dual-core CPUs (long considered the sweet spot for gamers) became completely unable to run popular AAA titles, I feel the quad-core CPU's days are numbered in an identical manner and I think it's coming sooner rather than later.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

In chat while building it we were talking about how fortnite can play on a potato and the name for this build kind of stuck. The CPU is actually really good for the price I paid. I think it's still a good CPU for gaming today if you can't afford the newest stuff. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

By no means did I mean to insinuate that it is inadequate for the task at hand, I'm sure that the i5 6500 will be just fine for most games for a while still. And yes, with the exception of going back to Ivy Bridge or maybe Haswell for an i7 you can't get much better performance for the price. It's just that your title really got me thinking about a handful of newer AAA games that have major performance issues on four and even six-threaded processors (I'm looking at you Assassin's Creed: Odyssey) and I realized that in a few years those same AAA games will be releasing optimized for sixteen+ threaded processors.

Just two short years ago, the "boss level" gaming PC had a four-core / eight-thread CPU. Now the high-end norm on both Intel and AMD is eight-cores / sixteen-threads. AMD isn't even releasing a quad-core CPU with their Zen 2 7nm lineup, the cheapest and lowest end Zen 2 CPU is six cores without SMT. I wonder if Intel's 10th gen desktop CPUs will feature any quad-core i3s at all? Or will they be six-core chips without HT and then the i5 lineup will just have HT enabled?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I think 6 cores is the new minimum but there's still time before they are obsolete :)