Slight update on mine as about a month ago my Mobo died (Sadly a common issue with X99 boards don't buy them) and took the CPU with it so replaced them both.
CPU: Old: Intel Core i7 6850k - New: Intel Core i7 8700K
Cooler: Corsair H100i V2
Ram: Corsair 32GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 2133MHz RAM/Memory Kit 2x 16GB
Mobo: Old: Asus X99-A II - New: ASUS PRIME Z370-P
GPU: 8G Asus STRIX GTX1080
PSU: Corsair RM750x
Case: Phantek Enthoo Pro
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB
Monitors: DELL S2740L, ASUS VC279H, CVTE TV
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, Razer Naga 2014, Razer Kreaken 7.1 Blue (Was a Razer sale on)
A new CPU would do well. I used to own an FX 6300, sadly my R9 270 died because their Hynix VRAM aren't made to last. Lasted me 2 years, whereas I've owned Graphics Cards that are 9-10 years old and are still fully functional.
Hoping to upgrade to Ryzen within the next year even if I can't get a new video card. I've had the FX for 3 years now, and while I haven't had a ton of issue with it up to this point, but new games are definitely pushing it pretty bad. Vermintide especially can drop to the mid 20s during big hordes.
CPU: Xeon X5660 @ 4.4ghz/1.35v
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: Sapphire AMD R9 280(non-x)
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2gb/Samsung ECC Unbuffered 3x2gb 1333mhz @ 1600mhz 9-9-9-21
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5(rev.1)
PSU: Seasonic Focus+ 850W
CASE: Corsair 450D
HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 4TB/WD Black 2TB/Seagate Barracuda 500gb
SSD: Intel 535 240gb
Monitor(s): LG 24GM79G-B, LG Flatron E2350V
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Logitdch G213/Logitech G403/Phillips SHP9500+Vmoda BoomPro
I built this in a Antec Nine Hundred two power supplies ago in 2010 with a ATI 5870 and a i7-930.
I picked up the Corsair 450D for $47 on an Amazon flash deal, the AMD R9 280 $50 from a buddy in late 2016. I bought the power supply for $70 since my Thermaltake Toughpower 750w from 06/07 I got for free was getting pretty weak. Then in 2017 I picked up the X5660 "B-Stock" for $24 and the extra 6gb of ram for $18, lapped the damage out of the IHS and overclocked it until all the voltage in the world wouldn't keep it stable. This build has lasted so long that my 6 year warranty Noctua fans from the cooler I had to replace when I did the power supply.
I nearly doubled my Cinebench scores going from low 500's up to at most 1011 which is around what a 7700k scores. I was near to just building a 1500x Ryzen PC but staring down $500 or more for literally either lower or very similar Cinebench scores. The cheap route to just get some modern performance at $42 ended up being far better IMO. Obviously memory speeds, cache speeds and lack of usb3, sata3 or pci-e 3 suck but it has more pci lanes than Z370 and I could always buy a pci nvme card.
CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 (2017)
Cooler: Noctua NH D15 (2017)
GPU: GTX 1060/GT 1030 (2016/2017)
RAM: 2x16 GB 3000 MHz (2017)
MOBO: Asus PRIME X370-PRO (2017)
PSU: Antec HCG520 (2016)
CASE: Fractal Design Refine R5 (2016)
HDD: 1TB Seagate / 4 TB Toshitba / 8 TB Seagate / 6TB WB Black ordered (2010/2015/2016/2018)
SSD: 500GB 960 EVO boot / 500 GB 750 EVO / 250 GB 840 EVO / 2 TB MX300 ordered (2017/2016/2014/2018)
Fans: 2x140mm / 2x120mm
Monitor(s): Acer Predator XB271HU / BenQ GL2430 (2018/2012)
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Ducky SHINE 2 / Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum / Schiit Bifrost Multibit -> Schiit Magni 3 -> Monoprice Monolith M1060 (2012/2016/2018)
Upgraded from a DDR3 based Skylake system mid last year (that I gave to my brother) which is where the 1060 is from, budget constraints at the time dictated reuse of Sandy Bridge era RAM. GT 1030 was the cheapest new card I could find while the 1060 was being RMA'd, next upgrade will be a 1180/2080 if volta/ampere ever comes out.
CPU: i5 2500
Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M Pro
RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3 1333MHz
GPU: XFX 6950 1GB
PSU: Enermax Pro82+ 425W
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO and the venerable Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB
Yeah, it's getting pretty old... Pretty amazing to think that this would be the equivalent of having a first-gen Athlon 64 and an FX 5800 back in 2011, when I bought most of the components. Or close enough, at least. Still a completely tolerable computer to use, though I am pretty thirsty for some new hardware. Will probably wait until hardware prices drop, though, I don't really have any needs that would justify upgrading at these prices.
CPU: i7 2600
Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
MOBO: ASUS P8P67
RAM: Corsair vengeance 16GB (4x4) DDR3
GPU: GTX 1070
PSU: Corsair 750 W
SSD: Samsung 840 pro 512 GB.
Sandy bridge, best value 2011. It amazes me how this CPU just keeps on going. I feel the upgrade itch, but I can't really justify it quite yet.
I raise you my ancient i7 920.
i7 920 @ 2.66 ghz (I have a massive cooler but never bothered overclocking)
MSI GTX 770 2GB
750W Corsair PSU
16 GB Ram
One 1080p monitor and one fucking 1680x1050 VGA monitor
256 GB Samsung SSD
1TB Hitachi disk + 2TB Hitachi Disk
The worst part is I had two fucking VGAs up until I upgraded to my 770 back in 2014 (I think) when I noticed that I can't have two VGAs at the same time so I went and bought the shittiest dvi monitor I could find. The second worst part is that I'm in software engineering and supposed to be dealing with fancy graphics rendering stuff, messing with Vulkan etc but my PC is ancient. My mobo is old as shit so both my SSD and 770 run at suboptimal speeds, same goes for the RAM. But hey I can still all do the dev work I need and despite being capable of buying a new rig I'm still content. Though I really should get rid of my VGA monitor, it gets wavy patterns at times due to interference.
But just like you said, my CPU just keeps on chugging along too. I really should OC it though.
You [b]NEED[/b] to get a low buck 6 core xeon, the X5660 is usually no more than $30 on ebay and you should easily make it to 4ghz on even a lower binned X5650.
The X5675 is usually the best "bang for your buck" if you are looking for a higher binned chip where as the X5680 is just more expensive without any real gain. There's also the W3670 and W3680, both have unlocked multipliers.
If you don't want to hurt your i7 920 which is only useful for updating the bios of a 1366 motherboard for the 6 core i7's and Xeons, you can buy nearly identical Xeons to your i7 for $5 shipped or $9 for a matching pair shipped.
You can also buy ECC Unbuffered memory and use it on that motherboard, if you want some higher end memory and you are concerned with aesthetics. Look up Mac Pro DDR3 memory, it's usually in 1866mhz and should supposedly be compatible with X58. Just make sure it's not ECC Registered, that's the stuff that's hilariously cheap and it won't work without full ECC support.
I never even considered upgrading my CPU. But you have given me some stuff to think about. Thanks. All in all though I think I'm better off just buying a new PC in a year or two. The number one problem I have with my PC is the AWFUL case. Antec never again, I have their nine hundred-two tower or whatever it is called and it is absolute trash. I have to open 16 screws or something if I want to access the filters that are at the front of the case. Who the fuck thought that was a good idea?
I had the OG Nine Hundred for over 8 years, after I finally bought a new case I really really wanted to buy a couple boxes of shotgun shells and just tear that thing into swiss after how many times it cut me and how janky it ended up after having the upper fan explode into pieces while running and removing the side plastic fan holder for my Noctua NH-D14. I've had to rebuild this "build" so many times over the years, putting it into a different case was definitely worth it.
CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2670
Cooler: CoolerMaster HyperCrap 120MM thicc
GPU: EVGA 1x 1070 1x 950
RAM: Hynix 8x8GB 1866mhz ECC Registered
MOBO: ASRock EP2c602-4L/D16
PSU: Corsair RM100X
CASE: Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Big Tower
HDD: WD RED 6x 8TB Black 3x 2TB Toshiba 5TB
SSD: 850 EVO 1x 1TB 1x .5TB 2x OCZ crap 240GB
Fans: Case + donor fans
Monitor(s): Samsung 43" 4k + Hisense 50" 4k
Keyboard/Mouse: Coolermaster TKL Quickfire-i Blues - Steel Series cheap Diablo3
Audio: Xonar DSX -> SMSL AD18 + 2x Elac Uni-Fi UB5 + ATH-M50
Super cheap overall for parts (slickdeals) and still kicking after ~3 years.
Great for VFIO
CPU: Q9950 @2.83ghz
GPU: Geforce GTX 550 Ti
RAM: 8gb DDR2
MOBO: ASUS K8V-XSE(?)
PSU: Not exploded
HDD: 500gb FAT32
Fans: 2/3 functional
Monitor(s): Asus something
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Some £10 microsoft keyboard, Zelotes T-80 Big Mac, Microsoft lifechat lx-3000
I had a Q9550 at one point, that was a damn good CPU back in the day.
CPU: Intel Core i7 6800K @ 3.40GHz
Cooler: Corsair H100i v2
GPU: MSI GTX 1080 8GB
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Z
RAM: 64GB DDR4 @ 1199MHz (15-15-15-35)
MOBO: ASUS RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 (SOCKET 2011)
PSU: I forget but I think it's 1k
CASE: CoolerMaster Cosmos 2
HDD: Seagate ST6000NM0024 6GB
SSD: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB (main HDD), Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
Fans: 6 case fans and 2 fans for the CPU cooler
Monitor(s): Acer X34 Predator (primary), Samsung 40inch wall mounted TV (secondary)
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Corsair k70 LUX Keyboard, Logitech G900 Mouse, Corsair Void Headset
OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.00GHz 28 °C
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: 3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (EVGA) 34 °C
RAM: 16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1500MHz (15-16-16-35)
MOBO: ASRock Z170 Pro4S (CPUSocket) 27 °C
PSU: EVGA G3 650w
CASE: NZXT H440 Black w/o window
HDD: 1863GB Hitachi HUA723020ALA641 (SATA) 34 °C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1001FALS-40U9B0 (SATA) 33 °C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 (SATA) 30 °C
931GB Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB (SATA) 25 °C
931GB Western Digital WD My Passport 0748 USB Device (SSD) 28 °C
1863GB Seagate Desktop USB Device (SSD) 28 °C
SSD: 232GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (SSD) 28 °C
Fans: 3x NZXT FNv2 120mm
1x NZXT FNv2 140mm
1x ??? 140mm
Monitor(s): circa-2002 23" Apple Cinema Display
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Logitech G19s
Bose QuietComfort QC2 Headphones
I think I can call it done now.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Cooler: Corsair H110i Extreme
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition using NZXT G12 + Corsair H75
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB DDR4 2666
MOBO: ASUS Prime X370-Pro
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1
CASE: Thermaltake Core P3 w/ Curved Tempered Glass Upgrade
HDD: WD Gold 4TB
SSD: Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 (Used as cache for HDD)
SSD: Samsung 250GB 960 EVO using EKWB EK-M.2 NVME Heatsink
Fans: Noctua NF-A14s on H110i, Noctua NF-B9 on G12 bracket, Noctua NF-F12s on H75
Monitor(s): LG 25UM56P 25" Ultrawide w/ Tobii Eye Tracker 4C
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: Corsair K70 LUX RGB (Cherry SIlent)/Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB/Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB
Big upgrade to CPU and case recently, to cope with increased rendering needs.
CPU: i9-7900X 10 cores / 20 threads @ 4.0Ghz
Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52 "v2", liquid cooler
GPU: GTX 1070 8GB Zotac
RAM: 32GB DDR4 "Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Gray"
MoBo: MSI X299M "Gaming Pro Carbon AC", mATX
PSU: Corsair CX750M 750W, 80 PLUS Bronze
Case: Corsair Air 240 mATX, black
SSD 1: 128GB Intel, boot drive
SSD 2: 512GB Corsair, quick program / game storage
HDD 1: 3TB Western Digital, general storage
HDD 2: 5TB Seagate, backup storage for projects (backed up to cloud service)
Monitor 1: HP Envy 27" 4K LED, IPS, 60Hz
Monitor 2: Samsung 23" 1080p LED, TI, 120Hz
Keyboard: Das Keyboard 4 Cherry MX Brown switches
Mouse: Razer Deathadder 2012 model
Only pic I have at the moment:
CPU: phenom II x4 960t at 3712 MHz
Cooler: stock amd cooler because the old am3+ coolers that came with black edition processors were way overkill
GPU: radeon hd 7850 2gb at 925 MHz core and 1250 MHz memory
RAM: 2x8 gb g-skill something or another at 1600 mhz
MOBO: asus m5a99x evo
PSU: corsair gs600 with those disgusting blue leds disabled
CASE: rosewill smart one with no side panels because they're thin as shit and bend as soon as you look at them. neither hdd or power on indicator are plugged in because fuck leds
HDD: samsung spinpoint something or another 1 tb 7200 rpm sata 3 gb/s
HDD 2: hitachi travelstar 500 gb 5400 rpm
SSD: KINGSTON SV100S2128G
Fans: 5x silverstone something or another 120mm fans
Monitor(s): primary asus vs238, second dell e2311h
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: at101w, logitech m500, koss pro-4AAA titanium driven by fiio e7 and e9
my computer is getting up in years but still plays pretty much everything with no issues
Your processor's holding you back a lot more than your graphics card. The FX-6300 was pretty much garbage even when it was brand new back in 2012
Within the last few months, got a whole load of hand-me-downs (CPU, Mobo, RAM, Cooler) from a friend that upgraded.
Compared to my old setup, no hiccups running anything.
CPU: Intel Core i5 3770k @ 4.0GHz
Cooler: Corsair H80
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce 1060 6GB
RAM: Corsair 32GB DDR3 1333Mhz
MOBO: Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
PSU: Corsair TX750
CASE: Fractal Design Define R5
HDD: 1x Samsung HD103SJ, 1x Samsung HD502IJ
SSD: 1x Samsung EVO 850 250GB
Fans: 2x Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm (came with case), 2x mixed 120mm fans for cooler
Monitor(s): 1x Acer GN246HLBbid
Keyboard: Corsair K65 Cherry MX Red
Mouse: Logitech G402
Headphones: HyperX Cloud II Pro 7.1
dated since 2014, ignore the mobo temp, that's just speccy being funky
CPU- i5-4690k 3.5GHz Devil's Canyon (No Overclocking)
Cooler- Stock Intel
GPU- Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (MSI)
Ram- 16 GB ( 2 HyperX Fury 8 GB, 1866mhz, DDR3)
Motherboard- Gigabyte Z97P-D3
HDD- 1 3TB Toshiba P300, 2 1TB Western Digitals (Old HDD from older computers)
PSU- Antec TPC-750C (750W)
Operating system- Windows 7 (64 bit)
Case- CoolerMaster N300 Mid Tower
Fans- Stock fans that came with the case
Mouse- Sharkoon Fireglider Optical (DPI setting 800. DPI range 400-2000. Polling rate 500Hz)
Mouse bungee- Zowie Camade
Monitor- iiyama ProLite GE2488HS (1ms, 24", Resolution:1920x1080, 60Hz)
Keyboard- Ducky Zero DK2108SZ (Cherry MX Brown switches, UK Layout)
Mouse pad- Steelseries QCK
Headset- Kingston HyperX Cloud
Only a few things have changed from the previous time I posted in this thread (Page 4).
Otherwise, most of it is still stock from when I built this PC back in 2015.
Got a Ducky Zero with Cherry MX Brown switches which replaced the old Sharkoon Skiller membrane keyboard when some of the keys no longer responded.
Now have 16GB of DDR3 RAM, bought another 8GB back in Feburary 2019.
Got an additional 3TB HDD as a storage drive this month.
Got a Zowie Camade Mouse Bungee, when I bought a bigger desk for the computer to prevent the mouse cable from dragging across the desk.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ stock for now
ASUS ROG B450-I Gaming
16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD
Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
Fractal Design Node 202 + Integra 450W PSU
CPU: Xeon X5675 @ 4.6ghz/1.4v
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Gaming SC
RAM: 6x4GB 1866mhz Micron ECC Unbuffered from a Mac Pro (1600mhz@9-9-9-24-2T)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5(rev.1)
PSU: Seasonic Focus+ 850W
CASE: Corsair 450D
HDD: WD Black 2TB
SSD: Intel 535 240gb
NVMe M.2: SM951 128GB usb booted via DUET
Monitor(s): MSI MAG27CQ, LG Flatron E2350V
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: GMMK w/ Gateron Browns, Logitech G403 and Sennheiser HD558+VModa BoomPro
I've since added a GTX 1080 and a NVMe SSD to my used parts budget monstrosity which doesn't even have UEFI. I got the 1080 like right before the RTX launch when they were $299.99 and the 24gb of DDR3 was $50. The sm951 ssd I just stuck in it the other day I scored off ebay for $26.50. I don't think there's any more significant upgrades I can do to this setup, it already does 1440p144 quite well and other than removing the last spinning disk the RTX 2080 Ti finally starts to bottleneck on the pci-e 2.0 as well as diminishing returns past the 1080 Ti since high fps is the target. It can still really slay some benchmarks.
CPU: AMD Phenom II 720BE tricore
GPU: GTX960 2gb
RAM: 8gb DDR2800
MOBO: Gigabyte of some sort. Ultra-Durable series. Fucked if I remember the exact model it's over a decade old, bought it specifically for core unlock shenanigans I've never done
PSU: THermalTake 650w
CASE: $20 Rosewill full-ATX midtower. Nice and bland and unassuming just the way I like it.
HDD: 1x WD 320gb SATA-I(Windows), 1x 1tb WD Greenpower SATA-III(EVerything else lives here)
SSD: None yet, when I can afford it, a 1tb SSD from WD will find its way in here. I'll put my games on it, windows can stay on the platter drive.
Fans: Stock fans in the components that came with fans.
Monitor(s): Two Dell 1900x1200 LDCs, 18".Miss my CRTs, but when the tubes get so dark I can't see anything I don't have a choice but to retire them...
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: IBM Model M keyboard, Blackweb GRIM mouse, and I hate headphones so instead I have a 15 or so year old set of Creative Labs 2.1 speakers. Sounds fine to me.
CPU: Ryzen 2600x
Cooler: Corsair H60 (old version, somehow fits)
GPU: MSI Radeon HD7950 with dodgy fans
RAM: 16Gb Corsair DDR4-3000C15 @ 3200C14
MOBO: MSI B450-A Pro
PSU: be quiet 600W
CASE: White Fractal R4 (original model with too many HDD bays)
HDD: 2TB Seagate
SSD: 500Gb Samsung 860EVO
Fans: various, idk
Monitor(s): An old hand-me-down 720p TV RIP
Keyboard/Mouse/Headphones: The amazing Cherry G86-21000 / Gigabyte GHOST-something
this screenfetch is a bit broken, I have 130gb free on D
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