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SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME...

Basically bringing myself into more modern hardware for future upgrades. My 3570k and DDR3 RAM, lack of M.2 support wasn't going to get me much further. Thanks to the start of a great deal on a top-notch motherboard, I was able to start moving some hardware into a new build, while also beginning to get great stuff for the future.

CPU:

I decided on an i3 for one simple reason: I want to wait to see what the new CPUs coming out this year have to offer. If they're truly a step up over the 8700k, I'll invest in the newest chipset. Otherwise I can get an 8700k for cheaper, later. But because I got this board off of Craigslist, and wasn't updated to the latest BIOS, I needed a CPU to do that... so here we are.

Honestly, even though I went from a 4-core 4-thread to another 4-core 4-thread cpu, I'm getting MUCH better minimum frame rates in games (though no improvement on max FPS). Minimum fps is going from 28 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider to 45, which makes stuttering much less frequent.

I was also able to overclock this card to 5Ghz at 1.300v. I haven't pushed it further, but from what I can see, everything is stable, and even without delidding, it's been running pretty cool. Haven't stressed it to the max yet though.

GPU:

The 980Ti is a great card, and will probably keep me happy for a while. I'm telling myself to wait for the next "Ti" card (or if AMD has a better card, I'll go with that) sometime next year.

Card runs a bit toasty, and it can't be overclocked too heavily... But for a reference card, I'm still pretty pleased! Though I can't say I'm overly happy with the little LED on the card. That alone determined that this build would be green. I'm more of a violet/magenta guy, but hey, how many people have the official Shrek soundtrack in their rig?

Storage:

Added a M.2 SSD for my boot drive. I'm really digging the speed! Everything else was taken from my previous rig.

Desk

This guy was a bit overpriced, but after experiencing a standing desk at work, I knew I needed one. I didn't know how... compact it would be until I put everything together. A bit sad that have a case with a glass panel that's stuck facing away from me. But it's the only place I can put it! Regardless, it does what I need it to do-- it holds my stuff!

Case

This Cooler Master case has been quite nice. I love the modular design! But I have to say, if anyone else plans on getting this case, be careful with 280mm radiators. Placing one on top like I did was a real hassle. It's possible, but a pain.

To Conclude... Gotta say thanks to this website for inspiring me to build something that doesn't just work, but looks cool as well. Before seeing the stuff on this website, I only cared about my PC turning on and playing games. Now I care a bit more about design, theme, airflow, etc. I still have a lot more to learn, especially with cable management... but I'm grateful I get to learn from the masters.

...brb, someone's in my swamp.

Part Reviews

CPU

This i3 is as powerful as older i5s! It overclocks great, too. Was able to bump this to 5.0Ghz with no issues.

CPU Cooler

Provides great cooling to CPUs. I attached some Noctua's on this to get higher fan RPMs while still being quiet. The RGB customization is also a plus.

Motherboard

Large and in charge! This certainly lives up to its price-tag. It's got just about all the features one can want in a motherboard. Plenty of fan & pump headers, good heat spreaders for an M.2 drive, an optional Wi-Fi adapter, and more back io than most know what to do with! And to top it all off, there's a tiny OLED screen in the center of the motherboard which can be configured to the user's liking. By default, mine is showing CPU temperatures.

Memory

It's RAM. With RGB. And it's fast as heck. What's not to love?

Storage

Using as a boot drive. This thing is incredibly fast! Though for those on a budget, I would suggest going for the EVO.

Case Fan

Beautiful, quiet fans. My ownly gripe is the 4-pin "extension" cable that comes with the fan. It easily disconnects from the fan, and is too short for just about anything. For the price I paid, seeing something like that was very disappointing. I had a knock off a star for those lousy cables!

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

What's that green thing?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to overclock that i3? I know that is meant to be the "selling feature" of that over the non k i3s. Though the unlocked coffeelake i3 is very unpopular due to its price point to the i5-8400. Even though it is a locked cpu it has 2 more cores. Depending on the workload though the unlocked i3 can still be a better performer if the task you are running cant scale with above 4 cores. Many games are still like that (WoW being limited to 2 cores comes to mind). Still I think a 4 core cpu will still do a good job overall these days.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That is exactly right though the current i5 is 6 cores. Right now getting a 4 core CPU is like getting an i3 CPU back in sandybridge days. That CPU did an awesome job and most games back then only really scaled with 2 cpu cores but as time went on more and more games started being optimized for 4 cores. Though those games did still play well on dual core chips (like GTA V was one of those games) so people who bought the sandybridge i3 were able to get a number of years of use out of that chip.

Game developers would want their games to play playable by as many people as possible but they want as good looking of game as possible too. Most people these days are running 4 core cpus with more and more people going for 6 core+. Giving enough time I can see games in the future being made to take advantage of the 6 core cpus but still running fine on a 4 core. I am not sure how long 2c/4t cpus would stay relevant for entry level gaming any more.

At least with your i3 you can overclock it to 4.8-5.0 GHz depending on silicon lotto (iirc ~50-60% of them can hit 5.0) then that CPU is still a beast.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd agree with that, though I'll say it's actually slightly better than my old i5. Intel did good with this card!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! I shouldn't post stuff when I wake up from naps. You got me!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

you lucky bast.ard. my 8350k won't go over 4.8ghz

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

me too

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

i sold the 8350k and just got a 8700k haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get that green led pad above the psu?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's part of the case!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a part of the motherboard, yes! It's a tiny screen. I think you can configure it to have other things on there... but I have not checked!