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This is the upgrade of my High Mileage 2.0 build... way overdue! Long may it roll on!

CPU - Let's face it. I'm cheap. And I plan to do more than play games with this build, as this upgrade will allow me to retire / rebuild / sell my Drachenklaue and consolidate some use cases (VM testing, Steam games, whatnot..) into one box that will last me a while. So, I needed a solid chip to get thru the next 2-3 years or so with good performance, and the R5-2600 was it.

Cooler - Ok... so I clocked the stock cooler to get the AMD logo upright and stripped a (soft) screwhead; I was able to get everything on ok, but that friggin' thought nagged at me. Then I saw the PURE ROCK cooler at the store and... on it went. Only thing I don't like is that you can't clock the heatsink to vertical because of the mounting system. Ugh. Oh, and somehow I got a fingerprint into the preapplied paste so I had to clean it off and use my Formula 7 instead.

MB - Got this from the Egg; one of the channels I sub to used this board for a monthly build and I liked the look and features, and I've been a MSI user for years so I decided to give this a shot. I didn't want to drop the money for X470 for an upgrade.

RAM - Never used G.Skill before, So far, so good, but if I add another kit, the heatsinks will be a close fit under the Be Quiet cooler. I'm debating whether to switch to a 16GB Vengence kit instead, as I know there won't be clearance issues.

SSD - Bought the WD as a backup / VM storage / future project starter. So, I started an upgrade with it. Seems solid, no problems so far. I got the M.2 at a computer store in the Bay Area; saw the price but didn't check that it was NVME when I got it. Arrgghh... but once I decide on the RAM bump I'll probably install this and run my VMs from it.

HD - I needed extra storage and I had bought 3 while they were still cheap so in it went. Most of the data is is now on my Netgear NAS, so this may eventually come out.

Video - I was gonna move the 1050Ti from Drachenklaue here, then I decided to just go with something a little better. I'm still on 1080p since I have the monitors, and frankly I'm old and slow and the extra pixels won't make me a better player.

Case - Didn't need a new one. The SPEC-02 could have used a bigger window and a little more cable management space when it was new but everything fits and I was able to drop 2 140mm fans up front for airflow, so it'll be fine.

P/S - An Antec Edge 550w. With a built-in LED. So far it's been quiet and efficient (it better be, it's a GOLD-rated power supply) plus not everyone else has one. :)

ODD - Yes, I still have one. I still have DVDs and CDs, and I'm a little old-school about physical media. I still have and read actual paper books too. Okay, while my Kindle Fire is charging, anyway. :)

OS - Win 10 Pro gives me more control over when updates occur, and I'll need the virtualization support for running VMs.

Fans - I decided to swap out the OG Corsairs for some ML140s (and a ML120) to hopefully get better airflow and a little less noise (and PWM control). Jury's still out on the less noise part, but it might just be the case grilles. Since they're maglev fans, I might see how reliably slow I can run them.I still have one unused ML120 and a mount in the bottom of the case in front of the P/S so that's an intake option as well.

Interface Devices - Ok, I'm pretty much all Logitech but I've had the Altec set for years and moved them to the build table because they still sound good for the space they take up. I love the G602 mouse; smooth, responsive, works for my palm grip, the weight is spot on and no lag. Flip side is if you get the AKG's, just get the 240 MkII. I had to get an aftermarket pad set to get the 220s to sound and feel better so it would have been better to spend that same cash on a better pair at the start,

Yes, it's not the fastest computer in the world, but it will, I hope, with these upgrades get me thru a few more. It sails along very nicely on the Linux distros I've demo'd so far, so if I have to I can run it on one of those instead,

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice balanced build with good part choice.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I will never give up my fx build but the ryzen is defiantly pulling me towards a new build soon. Yours looks pretty nice for the price.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build never got approved because you never included pics with the post. :0

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh. This makes sense. Now that's an upgrade.

Thumbs up.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man did you enable the XMP profile for your ram on your MOBO? It looks like from the one picture of your OpenCL score that your ram is running at 1333MHz.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I did before the run. I have no idea why the speed shows up that way.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello again and nice build. I've had Ryzen for awhile now. It's wonderful. Wish AMD did this the first time around. How yours working for ya?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Rock solid, quiet, has handled everything I've thrown at it. I'm gonna up the RAM now that prices have dropped, and save for a 1070 and a NVMe M.2 and after that I will be set for a while.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, stuff has happened since I last was here; I dropped my Kindle and cracked the screen so I don't have to charge that anymore: I got a GTX1660 because the $70 premium (at the time I bought it) for the Ti version wasn't worth the small performance delta: I was having what I thought were power issues so I swapped the p/s out for a Corsair CX750M to check, and it turned out that it was my Cyberpower surge protector was failing: I swapped the RAM to 16GB of Vengeance LPX (DDR4-3000) because it just works and fits under the Pure Rock. Been running this way for a few months and the setup has been solid all this time.