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New parts in an old case :)

Decided it was time for a reboot of my dad's old rig that he gave to me, here are the previous specs:

Intel i5-750 @ 2.7 GHz

GeForce GTX 960

16GB DDR3 1666Mhz RAM

Unfortunately since he and my mom have gotten a divorce he wasn't here to watch me put it together and show the reasoning behind the parts, but I know he'd be really proud of it :)

Was originally going to get a 2600, but we ended up going to Best Buy and they only had a 3600 in stock so we ended up getting that instead. Didn't have any troubles booting up with the motherboard (also from Best Buy) until I enabled XMP to try and get the 3000MHz for the RAM, which at that point I had to short the CMOS jumpers in order to get it to boot again. Will probably find a solution for it at some point, if not then I'll end up swapping motherboards when the next upgrade decides it's time to make its way around.

Next up: Replace the case fans and storage :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Honestly is pretty outstanding. Haven't tried overclocking as I don't really need to manually overclock it due to AMD pretty much doing it for you. The stock AMD coolers are a pain to install though, so be wary of that.

CPU Cooler

Meant to pick up the Pro version of this, but ended up getting this for free due to Amazon's own mistake. Easy installation, screwdriver with magnetic tip included. Keeps my CPU very cool (42 C under load)

Motherboard

As long as the BIOS is updated properly, this thing works wonders with the 3000 series Ryzen processors. Took off a star as I failed to get XMP working properly, but will be looking for BIOS updates to fix that so I can hopefully add it back :) Didn't realize it had RGB at first, so that was a delightful surprise.

Memory

Due to some BIOS issues I was unable to get this working at the advertised speeds, but that's alright, it works great regardless. The RGB is clean and doesn't have noticeable bright spots.

Storage

Don't know what I expected from a pretty budget SSD, but it is pretty quick. It could definitely be quicker, but you get what you get for the money you pay.

Storage

A great HDD that has stood the tests of time.

Video Card

Smooth, clean RGB and a really nice backplate.

As for the performance, this thing is a 1080p monster. It ate through Witcher 3 at the highest settings without dropping below 60 FPS, and I was constantly at 60+ FPS in Assassin's Creed Origins as well.

Case

If this case weren't outdated by today's standards it would be a great case to build in. The only issue is that the front USB ports aren't 3.0, and there's an eSata port that ends up being a bunch of useless cables you have to stuff away in the end because it's no longer needed.

Power Supply

It's a nice, semi-modular PSU. What more could you ask for?

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning on building a pc for my first time soon, might include some of the parts you used. I’d like to know what the average FPS you get on games like league of legends, Fortnite or Rainbow six siege.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I can try out R6S and LoL later today, will get back to you then :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Rainbow Six Siege : 76.3 Average FPS using in-game benchmark, I saw about 75-80 FPS while actually playing. League of Legends : FPS was waay out there, easily in the 200-400s, even during more intense situations.

Keep in mind this is all in 1080p :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU cooler limit 1 RAM slot on this board? In case you wanted to add more in the future.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it limits the slot closest to the CPU. However, if you had a single fan on the other side instead of the side it's on at the moment, you would definitely be able to use that slot again. I'm not too worried about it, as I only need 16 GB, and dual channel 8 GB works the best.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Actually, you can have all ram slots filled with this cooler, all you have to do is move the fan up higher on the heat sink. Although this will still be covering up the ram stick in the first ram slot so you won't be able to see it.