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So, I know what you may be thinking... FX in 2018?!?! Are you crazy? Well yes, I've been wanting to upgrade for a while and will be doing so maybe later this year during the holidays to a Ryzen 5 2600 or i5 8400 not sure yet. But, this build has been by my side since the summer of 2015 and I've been upgrading it a bit periodically. I love this build, it's so reliable and runs all the games that I want to play at 90-100+ fps (I know I'm playing CSGO in the pictures). So let's see the parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

I've been using this CPU ever since I got the system and it hasn't had any problems, except it used to run pretty hot until I recently got the Pure Rock Slim.

CPU Cooler

Oh. My. God. what an upgrade from the original AMD Fx CPU cooler, that thing used to sound like I was right next to an airplane engine. This AIO is amazing, I can barely hear my system at all, and my CPU's temps have drastically changed for the good.

Motherboard

Honestly I've never really thought much of the motherboard until I started upgrading the system and realizing... It's alright... I wish I had an ATX build but that's for when I upgrade my CPU and Mobo etc.

Memory

I used to have just one stick of this ram, but now I have two and I can see why 4GB is not enough for 2018 lol. But 8GB is great I haven't encountered any problems.

Storage

used to boot off of an old hard drive but that thing fried I'm pretty sure, but what a huge difference an ssd makes it boots up Windows so quickly.

Video Card

This card makes such a huge difference from my old R7 210 2GB, it is just enough to run all of my games at 1080p and at above 60fps, so it's great.

Case

Okay, this is the one part of the build that I actually really dislike. The blue lights appealed to me in 2015 but now they're ehhh. The cable management is honestly, terrible, it's the worst part of my build. And there's no psu cover like new cases, but I understand, it was made a long time ago.

Power Supply

There honestly isn't that much I have to say about this, I bought it when it was on sale at Best Buy for I think $30 or $40, but it's great.

Optical Drive

Don't use it anymore lol.

Operating System

Great, cool operating system.

Wireless Network Adapter

I've been using this since 2015 I've had a bit of minor problems but it always gets the job done.

Monitor

Got it on sale at Best Buy for $125 and it's a huge upgrade from my old Acer monitor that I sold a while ago. It’s super smooth in any game I play and I never get screen tear.

Keyboard

Ordered this seller refurbished off Amazon and got the old version of the K70 but I honestly didn't care I didn't see a large difference. But compared to my old CM Storm Devastator it's great with the Cherry MX Red switches.

Mouse

Love this mouse the keys on the side are my favorite part, and, obviously the RGB is great.

Headphones

Amazing headset especially with the RGB, great compared to my old plastic Sades headset (forgot what it was called).

External Storage

Got this after my old hard drive got fried, and I don't know why but I never thought of getting an internal hard drive. But this stores everything so whatever it's great.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 5 points

Well yes, I've been wanting to upgrade for a while and will be doing so maybe later this year during the holidays to a Ryzen 5 2600 or i5 8400 not sure yet.

Get the R5 2600. They have the same single-thread performance, but at multithread R5 is better. And you can also clock it.

  • 15 months ago
  • 0 points

They don't have the same single-thread performance.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

And to add to that argument, the only really competitive option from Intel is overclocking, but that's a niche market that goes nowhere. It's also a far pricier option considering the tax that Intel puts on their unlocked chips, and the fact that overclocking requires proper cooling as well as a high quality motherboard. Ryzen, on the other hand, requires no overclocking (and overclock-grade components), comes with a brilliant stock cooling option, and has incredible boost functionality that basically does all the job for you. At this, or really any other price point except for servers, Ryzen is a better option. I7s are a joke by now with the 6-core/12-thread Ryzen 5s at I5 prices, and octa-core R7s for rendering and video editing. Threadripper is a more attractive HEDT option considering the value, and once cooler options for that socket becomes standardized from manufacturers, it'll really come through.

Really, AMD has made incredible progress on their CPU half. I'm a bit disappointed in myself for buying an expensive Z370 board and an 8600K, when it gives me practically no benefits in the first place. At least it gives me a reason to build a sub-PC for stream encoding (if I ever need that), although I'm not sure what CPU to go with there. I'll need something with primarily good processing power, and then really any level of integrated graphics, with a low TDP. Right now I'm looking at the 8300, but I don't want to be an Intel shill, so it's a bit of a weird moment for me.

At the moment, we really only need to see three things in the PC building community:

  1. What Intel is brewing up with their 9th generation of processors. I'm not expecting much, considering their track record, and I doubt it's gonna be any good compared to whatever 7nm stuff AMD has been planning.

  2. A competitive GPU option from AMD, at least in the mid-high range of stuff. With the release of RTX, we saw how Nvidia has way too much wiggling room to do nothing and call it a new release, with high prices and terrible value. If AMD could give them a good kick in the balls like we're seeing with Intel, we'd hopefully start seeing proper releases from Nvidia instead of this half-assed BS that they want us to think is worth buying. I'm honestly not expecting myself to get off of the Nvidia horse, but until we see a considerable improvement from them, I'm not buying a new GPU.

  3. Lower RAM prices. I wont go into detail as it's not relevant here, but the prices are outrageous and have been so for a while. We need them to come down to allow more people into the custom PC building community, which I believe would be great for AMD, considering that Intel is sitting on most of the prebuilt market.

Right now, RAM prices are terrible and the GPU market is stale: Two problems which should be fixed. The CPU market is starting to slow down a bit, but with the anticipated Intel release we can safely assume that that wildfire will start once more. AMD ftw

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

you guys should be writers lol

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

nice! I love these fx chips and and wanting to do a build on one.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

good build. i like that it has the old fx with a newer card, although i'm not sure why. i think it proves that there is still a bit of value in those old chips, despite being completely forgotten by everyone else.

+1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah it still runs with no problems. It’s something I’ve been wanting to change in my build but I just can’t cause there really is nothing wrong with it yet.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice PC there. The FX's can definitely handle some lower settings still, but get clunky down the line! Nice build!

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