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How is this config looking after almost 2 years?

eopest

61 months ago

I started buying parts for this here and there almost 2 years ago, and I know it's due for an upgrade / rebuild / replacement, but I just wanted to see what current thoughts might be out there about it. I also wanted to see what it would take to replicate it at today's prices, which is why I made up the parts list. I did have to sub a couple of parts that weren't in the configurator anymore (the CPU is actually a FX-8120 and the video card is a 2GB Radeon HD7850) but otherwise everything is the same, even the manufacturers. So, what do you think of how the build ended up? (There have been no changes in it for about 10 months or so. Right now the only game I'm playing is World of Tanks. :) )

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $129.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.98 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste $9.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $73.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $98.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $98.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $81.98 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Diamond Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card $184.99 @ Micro Center
Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $134.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer P246HL Abd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor -
Sound Card Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $25.49 @ Mwave
Case Fan Antec Two Cool 140 Blue 33.6 CFM 140mm Fan $8.00 @ Mwave
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $15.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans $21.98 @ Newegg
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard $39.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse $129.47 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech G230 Headset $39.99 @ Best Buy
Speakers Logitech Z523 30W 2.1ch Speakers $60.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1383.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 02:09 EST-0500

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Your processor is definitely in need of an upgrade, but whether than means you actually step across or up on the newer FX chips, or whether you switch all the way over to Intel, probably depends on your budget and your needs more than what this machine currently is.

what about crossfiring? you could, with your PSU. You think you could find another 7850 for cheap?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... When I bought the MB, it was on sale and I didn't find out about the OC problems with this board series (low phase count) until way afterwards; that's why I never OC'd the chip. The 7850 is getting kinda long-in-the-tooth, and frankly, I'm not one to run around to find a matching card to Crossfire when the cards are damn near 2 years old. Also, with this setup even without an OC I'm running close to 500W which is closer to the top rating of the p/s than I'd like (and this is an early model HX650; I pulled it from another build from 6-7 years back). I have thought about doing this; once Win 10 comes out (I'm running the Dev Preview on a different, newer build; I like it, so far) I pull this config apart and split up the RAM; take this board, CPU and 8GB and start a Linux box for Steam games (I like Linux Mint w/ Cinnamon, or Lunbuntu or LXLE) and go with a i5 / GTX970 or 960 combo with the rest of the RAM. Cases won't be a problem, I have both a Antec Solo (original) and a Sonata III, although I might splurge for a Fractal Design or Nanoxia case for the i5 instead.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that idea; I use an old Xeon for my SteamBox in my living room and it's quite nice. On the other hand, I don't like your choice of the i5. Sure it's nice now, but I worry about the future of that chip. Perhaps you could go for a Xeon or an i7, if you really want to step up from AMD.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No matter what Intel CPU you get, you have to worry about the lifetime of the socket, since they change at the drop of a hat. If I were to go i7, then I wouldn't be able to reuse my current RAM since I'd be going i7-58xx which means DDR4. An unlocked i5 without HT is fine for 1080p gaming now as I don't see moving to 4K gaming for quite a while yet. If I were to build an i7 box, this is what it would look like, at a minimum:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $74.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $240.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $244.99 @ Adorama
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $549.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Arc XL ATX Full Tower Case $115.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $149.98 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer G276HLGbd 60Hz 27.0" Monitor $199.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse $84.99 @ Newegg
Headphones Logitech G230 Headset $39.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2365.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 04:23 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. 4K is not processor-dependent.
  2. A quad core would not be enough at any resolution if the games of the future are made for more cores than that.
  3. You're passing up the entirely reasonable i7-4790K or Xeon E3-1231 V3 as choices.
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Of course not. You need a 2-3 card Crossfire or SLI setup to power something like that. And if I'm going to spend the money to do that, I'd "futureproof" it by building it with a LGA2011-3 i7, not anything that requires DDR3.

  2. How far are we talking here? If I want to go with more cores now and not have to switch sockets again for 2-3 years, then again its gonna be a 58xxK / DDR4 setup, as I just can't see spending $300 on a chip just to eke out a little more lifetime of the DDR3 I already have. And why drop a chip optimized for workstation loads into a situation where it won't ever see them?

  3. Yes, I am. If I do spin off the parts in the above fashion it will be a pretty moderate rebuild, with none of the major components going over $200, and the life of the build expected to be 3-4 years max. I don't need either a i7-4790K or Xeon E3-1231 V3 or their extra expense for that, an i5 will push a r9-270x or a GTX 770 just fine.

Another way to do this is to retire all of the DDR3 with the FX-8120 to the Linux build and build a complete new box for 1440p gaming. If I'm going that far, then I'll just jump to the next socket up and have that much more life expectancy. Most AAA games don't even use all the extra threads available to them via HT, let alone all the cores in a quad core chip, so once we get a glut of multithreaded top quality titles, I'd have to switch to Haswell-E to push the card(s) needed anyway.

You seem to have something against the i5 chips. What is it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I would upgrade. Definitely get a different GPU. I'm not familiar with AMD CPU's, but I would probably get a different CPU as well to reduce the risk of bottle necking the new GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $169.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Purchased For $0.00
Thermal Compound Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB DUAL-X Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Acer P246HL Abd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor -
Sound Card Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Antec Two Cool 140 Blue 33.6 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans Purchased For $0.00
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse Purchased For $0.00
Headphones Logitech G230 Headset Purchased For $0.00
Speakers Logitech Z523 30W 2.1ch Speakers Purchased For $0.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $339.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-05 16:34 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I thought about doing it this way. This board seems to have a rep for not being reliable with the faster chips, which is why I haven't done it.

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