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TL;DR: A great mid range build (Ryzen 2600 + RX 590), with a 8 yrs old iMac used as an external monitor!


I used to play videogames a lot when I was a kid, but growing old (job, wife and - recently - a daughter) changes stuffs a bit..

I'm a proud owner of an old but gold iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), used for my freelance job (80%) and occasionally, for casual gaming (20%). Now that I changed my job and am going to work at the office, I decided to move onto something specifically built for gaming and, thanks to this great site, a lot of guides/videos on YT and a couple of friends, I finally completed my first build!

I was about to build it around a Ryzen 5 1600 plus a B350M motherboard, but with the 2600 model I got 10% to 20% of performance increase for just € 50 more. (Almost) the same happened with the GPU: I bought a Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+ at first on Amazon, but was defrauded and refunded. I bought it again (from a different seller of course), and, as soon as I received it, the new RX 590 went out, promising 10% to 20% of performance increase. Guess what happened: I returned it and bought the new one, again for just € 50 more. The nice thing is that AFTER the purchase, I found out that the site I choose to buy the card from was the ONLY one here in Italy selling the card together with the AMD Raise The Game Bundle, which will gift me three games in Q1 of 2019: Resident Evil™ 2, Devil May Cry™ 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2!!

But here comes the best catch of this build: the monitor. I was about to buy a new 27-inch WQHD monitor, with Freesync support and a refresh rate of 144Hz (€ 500 +), when I found out that my iMac supported the Target Display Mode! After struggling and failing with a DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor, I bought a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable on Amazon for just € 10, and the magic happened: my new build is recognized instantly as I turn it on, I can switch back to my iMac by pressing CMD+F2 and can hear both the Windows and Mac audio lines at the same time! This sounds incredible. The only cons are that it doesn't have neither Freesync support nor 144Hz (and a higher power consumption).

Long story short, I spent about € 900 for a really great machine, with a lot of room for upgrades in the future and three games € 180 worth!

Possible (and needed upgrades): a disk for further storage (was thinking about a 500 GB SSD, € 70), a better cooler than the stock one (maybe the Cryorig H7, around € 30) and another 2 X 4GB sticks of memory.

What do you think guys?

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The configuration is good, but in overwatch always take "schiaffi"... ;-)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Genius lol.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

THX

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love those old iMacs. We're still running an early 2009 (HDD replaced with SSD) as the house general computing machine.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 and Linux are amazing for old stuff!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. We should too but I didn't change the HDD yet. THX

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! Love it

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome man! This exactly what I am thinking of doing for my mom as a gift within a year. She has a 27" 2010 as well as a 21" 2011 I just upgraded for her with a 1TB SSD and 24GB of RAM. Likely she will just use the 27" as a second display to her 21" in the meantime. I'd like to do a hackintosh since she is familiar with the Mac OS and not windows so I am thinking I could build an AMD CPU/GPU combo in the case you used here that would outperform her iMacs, yet she could still use one as a display. She is a self-working graphic designer and her iMacs have been really slowing her down when running current software so my thinking is I could build an up-gradable system that would work better for her on Mac OS without dishing out an insane amount of money for a modern Mac. Any thoughts?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx man for your comment :) Your idea is great but I hackintoshed my old Acer Aspire 5920G a long, long time ago, and it was a pain! I hope it will be easier for you.. And don't forget to post here your build! Good Luck!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I use this site tons for parts matching up, and never comment...

You win. Everything.

This is gat damn amazing and beautiful, the iMac isn't in the parts list? hahahhahaha

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ahahah thank you very much!