Wow, where do I even start with this one.
I've been putting off posting this for a long time just because I never know when I'm gonna change something around. I don't want to constantly update it. But, with my most recent upgrades, I think I can finally show it as a finished product. (until I do an overhaul in a few years)
This marks my second system build, my first one being here. I decided to upgrade from that one about 3 years ago, and it's evolved into the build you see here.
The Core Components
I know the first question everybody is gonna ask is, "Why did you pair a 1070 with an old FX-8320? Doesn't that bottleneck?"
Well... yeah. It does a little bit, but not as much as you'd expect.
When I first did my system upgrade, I was on a budget. I saw I could get 8 cores for $130 bucks and it was a no-brainer to me. Little did I know the low single core performance versus Intel and the fact very few games would even use all of the cores.
I don't regret my purchase. At the time, it was a solid choice. It was paired with a GTX 960 before I decided to upgrade to the 1070. The 4.1 GHz overclock helps out a bit too. I can run all of my games at max settings just fine. Also, having the extra cores helps when I occasionally stream to Twitch. I can't really justify a $300+ upgrade to Ryzen. (even though I really want it)
Also, you may have noticed I have plain PCB ram. Got a sweet deal from my workplace for it and I decided I wanted to upgrade from 8GB. It works great.
Not only do I use this rig for gaming, it's also my main recording studio rig. I grabbed that nice 18 in 20 out audio interface from Behringer for a sweet deal. I love it and I would highly recommend it to anyone on a budget who wants to track and entire band. I'm also loving my Audio Technica headphones and would recommend those too.
I know a lot of people like to give Razer crap about how their products don't last very long but mine have held up surprisingly well. I got the keyboard second hand from my cousin who owned it for 3 years prior. I've owned it for 3 more years now and I've never had any problems. Same with my mouse. 3 years old and still running strong. If i had a chance to replace them, i'd definitely go for Corsair but I'm riding these bad boys until they die. I'm not a Razer fanboy anymore, but I like green and they've done me well so far.
I also really enjoy my Steam controller. My rig is set up next to a couch and TV so it's super easy to grab my controller and play. I also just recently got that Xbox One controller for Forza Horizon 3. I love the feedback on the triggers.
I just recently upgraded my 1TB HDD to that 2TB WD drive. I grabbed it from work without knowing that it was 5400RPM instead of 7200... oh well. I haven't tested it extensively yet in regards to loading times, but we'll see how it is.
You also might have noticed my strange monitor setup. I got both of those monitors from my work for dirt cheap. It actually works pretty well having the 4:3 monitor next to the 16:9. It's very... unique.
This is when you really see my FX-8320 struggling. It doesn't bench well, but in-game performance is good enough for me and doesn't justify an upgrade. These were all done with my old 8GB ram kit so take that into account.
Here's a bench before my 1070 upgrade to compare.
And that's probably not all of it. Please feel free to ask me any questions because I'm sure I missed something. Thanks for reading!