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Still keeping my first gaming rig from 2012 going. At that time I really had no idea about building computers. I was also a broke student. Luckily, I decided to choose an awesome processor, the i7-2600k. My original build was in a Cooler Master Storm Scout case, along with a Zotac GTX 570, 8gb of ram, a Hyper 212 evo as a cooler. Over the years, I upgraded some parts to my build. I had a couple of failed power supplies, but my EVGA G2 750 watt power supply has been holding steady for some time now. I upgraded my GTX 570 for a GTX 1060 6gb in 2016, which was a huge upgrade. Then I added 8 more gb of ram. I finally decided to overclock my CPU at some point last year. I was able to get a stable overclock of 4.4ghz with the hyper 212 evo.

At some point, I upgraded to a 1440p 144hz Gsync monitor, which was great. The GTX 1060 was ok for this purpose, but sometimes getting a touch slow and definitely not unleashing the potential of my 144hz panel. I then upgraded to a RTX 2080, which is just an insane. There are definitely some games which my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU (ahem...Far Cry 5), but for the most part the processor still screams. I just recently took my build out of the Storm Scout case, and brought my computer into modern times with the NZXT H500i. I added a Kraken X52 cooler, with a stable overclock of 4.6ghz. I also tacked on a Samsung 860 evo. Add some RGB with the NZXT Hue 2 and some fans, and there you have it. Hope to get a couple more years out of this awesome chip. Hoping to do a custom watercooling loop for the next one.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

A 2600k at 4.6Ghz is no joke, I really wish I had kept my 2700k from my first gaming rig. Holding on to that 2700k gives your system a lot of character, I hope you are able to hold out for longer with the CPU upgrade.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks good, man! You're definitely getting your money's worth on that i7-2600K!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably one of the best updated rigs I've seen on here +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

One last hurrah for Sandy Bridge, still got it 8 years later

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty build for being 7 years in. Gotta love the constant improvement strategy.

Also, Far Cry 5 bottlenecks every CPU. It's weird.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Despite what others are saying, I don't think the bottleneck will be too bad because the 2080 has most the load in 1440p. Unless he goes to try and play things at constant 144+ fps in games like CS:GO or something, there shouldn't be much of an issue with the processor. However, getting an 8700k, 2700X, 9900k etc would serve this system well! ;) Overall, nice build and nice upgrades! +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, i figure I need to upgrade to a 9900 or 9700 to make it worth it. Gamer's nexus did a good review about this, and basically said as much. Will probably hold out for Intel's next release.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

While you're at it, keep an eye out for AMD's Zen 2 CPUs as well. They are supposed to come out this summer, supposedly including stuff like 12 core/24 thread cpus that boost to 5 GHz for ~$300-350 (leaks so take with a grain of salt, but still worth keeping an eye on).

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good quality photos. I love the builds that have this great of photography. +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! You got some nice pics on your page too. Bokeh isn't just for flowers lol.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Before you make a custom loop, maybe consider upgrading your processor, because you’ve had that i7 for probably 6-7 years now? I’m guessing it’ll last maybe another 2-3 years.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Swapping out the motherboard and getting at least a 4790k wouldn't be a bad option. But there are also used X79 CPUs available. I've seen i7 3930k chips on Ebay for less than $100, and those will trade blows with a Ryzen 5.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the fans?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

They are the NZXT AER RGB 2 fans. The rear is a 120mm, 140mm on the top of the case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Can they be plugged into the RGB headers on the mobo

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No you need the HUE 2 module

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't use the full potential of your GPU because of your 2600k. I would recommend you to upgrade as soon as possible since you are losing a lot of value from your GPU.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have a SB 2400 CPU and it works fine for anything but gaming so I built my forst PC in Nov and love it. I started gaming in the mid 70s on my TV with games like pong and block out, progressing to PC gaming in the 90s with games like Myst and Riven, where you were happy to get 1 frame per sec at 640 res. Now you are playing at 144 fps! Say WHAAAAT!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management is excellent. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for sharing your story. I too was a broke college student and am still holding on to my 2600k. It has been a great CPU and I hope to get a couple more years out of it. Your build has given me inspiration to update my old build. I will post my updated build for others to see. Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

Do you have the CPU overclocked? I bet that'll help it keep up.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

says they got a 4.6 GHz overclock.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoops, should have read more.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

unbalanced

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Defiantly not!

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

You seriously need a new CPU, a second gen core won't last very long, some more modernisation is needed on this certainly pretty amzing build.

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