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Updating my first build

by princeofkolkata


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.

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AidinLMcLaurin 10 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

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.

Kromatic 3 points 1 month ago

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

SuperGT 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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

eesti 3 points 1 month ago

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

rdracerboyd 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

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

OriolesRock100 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

princeofkolkata submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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.

OriolesRock100 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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).

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

princeofkolkata submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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

HehHehHehHeh 1 point 1 month ago

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.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

ScornFlakes3301 1 point 1 month ago

What's the fans?

princeofkolkata submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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

ScornFlakes3301 1 point 1 month ago

Can they be plugged into the RGB headers on the mobo

princeofkolkata submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

No you need the HUE 2 module

ScornFlakes3301 1 point 1 month ago

Ok thanks

SSmade 1 point 1 month ago

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.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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!

gunnarbirdlmao 1 point 1 month ago

The cable management is excellent. +1

Vairfoley 30 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

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

WaterTriber 1 point 1 month ago

says they got a 4.6 GHz overclock.

Vairfoley 30 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Whoops, should have read more.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

A 2600k @ 4.6ghz is still very much a capable processor even in 2019. with the 2080 and playing at 1440p most of the load is on the GPU anyway so even more so.

NonameCMA 0 points 1 month ago


ZedSamCat 1 point 1 month ago

Defiantly not!

Sharaths21312 0 points 1 month ago

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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