Description

I wasn't even going to post this one, since it wasn't so much a build as just popping a GPU, HDD and case fan into a salvaged tower, but I couldn't resist sharing the Before and After cable management pics :-)

There is an interesting thing to point out about this one, though, since it's going up after all:

The venerable 1st-gen i5 is still capable of gaming, even in demanding new titles like PUBG, where it managed a steady 40-50fps on Medium with the GTX 950 (and 80-90fps on Very Low, just for reference, though with dips into the 40s during action, suggesting the CPU is the limiting factor here, unsurprisingly).

The i5-760 would of course hobble a system with a high-end current-gen graphics card, but in a budget gaming rig partnered with an appropriate GPU, it can still hold its end up.

Sorry for the lack of photos with this one. I only kept the Before and After cable management pics from this 'build'. With the bit of image filtering I did, this is like the pre- and post-diet shots where the After model gets a tan, a haircut, and a tooth-whitening treatment too, as well as the weight loss!

Cheers all, from Sensible Systems.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it!

1+

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, really appreciate it :-)

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

And the pcpp name award goes to...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

If only there were Features for build names!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I couldn't resist sharing the Before and After cable management pics :-)

You did a pretty nice job on that account. Well done! :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it. First Gen Core iX series chips still have life left in 'em!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I was honestly shocked. Thought PUBG would murder it. Nope. Still kicking!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Just make sure to not apply the Meltdown patches. 1st Gen i7 loses about 6 points single threaded after Meltdown patches are applied, and this was overclocked too to 4Ghz.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. I see Intel have just abandoned some CPU models entirely too, and not bothered putting out patches or updates or whatever, since those models are just too old and too small a proportion of their customer base... there's a great loyalty reward!!

[comment deleted]
  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man, appreciate it :-) Nice pairing in your son's rig too, mean little machine.

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Same though mine's an i7 950 so a slightly different chipset and LGA 1366 :p

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

It was their enthusiast lineup from 2008-2010 ish. The CPU's are dirt cheap, the motherboards on the other hand...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so weird, yes, that price difference!

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the older builds especially for web uses.

[comment deleted by staff]