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Shoe String Budget Build (Gaming Rig Upgrade)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by The Old School Gamer, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 22, 2019

    Posts: 490

    Location: The Twilight Zone

    [BUILD COMPLETE]

    This build is to replace and upgrade my ageing i7 6700k mITX gaming rig I built in 2016.

    https://www.guernsey-ci.com/public/ocuk/?dir=mini ITX Gaming PC
    • BitFenix Prodigy mITX Case
    • Gigabyte GA-Z170N Gaming 5 mITX Motherboard
    • i7 6700k 4-Core CPU @ 4.2Ghz
    • Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
    • Crucial 2x8Gb (E-die) C16 @ 3200Mhz
    • Samsung 500Gb 840 EVO M.2 SSD
    • MSI GTX 1080Ti Seahawk
    • Seasonic 660W Platinum PSU
    • Samsung 1Tb SSD (SATA)

    I'll be re-using some parts and selling off the rest of the left over parts to re-coup some of the cash that I'm ploughing into this build.

    Should end up being an quite capable gaming rig that will last an good few years.
    The only other upgrade I will probably make to it in an year or two from now will be an newer graphics card.

    NEW PARTS (prices are ex-vat)
    • Asus TUF GAMING X570 PLUS (WI-FI) AM4 ATX Motherboard - £174.99
    • AMD Ryzen 3500X 6-Core CPU (Chinese import) - £110
    • UPGRADED - AMD Ryzen 3900 12-Core CPU (OEM) - £330
    • Team Group 8Pack Edition 16GB (2x8GB)(B-die) DDR4 C14 3200MHz - £91.66 (Running @ 3600Mhz / 16-16-16-32-48-T1)
    • Samsung 970 EVO Plus V-NAND M.2 500GB SSD - £79.15
    • Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Midi Tower Case with Black Window - £49.84
    • 3x Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 140mm PWM 1600rpm Fans - £26.22
    PARTS FROM THE OLD RIG THAT I WILL RE-USE
    • MSI GTX 1080Ti Seahawk - £600
    • Seasonic 660W Platinum PSU - £110
    • Samsung 1Tb SSD (SATA) - £200
    UNUSED SPARE PARTS THAT I HAVE KICKING AROUND HERE (SOMEWHERE)
    • Coolermaster ATX Right Angle Connector with Capacitors - £20 - Didn't use in the end
    • Be Quiet Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler - FREE / GIFT

    Total build/upgrade cost = £751.86
    *Pulled back £200 from selling off the rest of the parts from the old gaming rig that I didn't reuse, so technically that makes this builds total cost £551.86.

    - The last thing left to upgrade later in 2020 will be the graphics card.

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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  2. Joxeon

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 15, 2019

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    Location: Uk

    Going for a b450 max and a ryzen 5 3600/x would give you more performance at around the same cost and having Smt would be more future proof.
     
  3. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 22, 2019

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    Been happily gaming on 4 cores for the last few years so the 3500X will be fine.
    Could of gone for an cheaper mobo, but I wanted PCIe gen4 going forward for future GFX/SSD upgrades.
     
  4. bakes0310

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 22, 2004

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    6700k with an 1080ti is aging? That'll last you a few more years yet unless you need max settings at 4k. I would of waited for Nvidia next round of cards which is out late next year.
    That £500 could be used to go towards a new shiny 3000 series card.
     
  5. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 22, 2019

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    Location: The Twilight Zone

    The platform was ageing more than anything.
    Their is no upgrade path left on the Z170 chipset.
    I could only go to an 7700k which isn't really an upgrade from an 6700k.

    'IF' I could of dropped an 8700k or 8086k in I probably would of held off to be honest.

    The 1080ti is an keeper for now.
     
  6. Joxeon

    Hitman

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    The 3500x is more of a sidegrade though, your losing 2 threads but gaining 2 cores so it's not going to be much different from what you have now.
     
  7. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

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    What's important is the future upgrade path is now open.
    The 3500X can be replaced at anytime.
     
  8. Joxeon

    Hitman

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    I was just going off what you said in your previous post.

    Hence why I was recommending you started off with a better cpu.
     
  9. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

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    Just don't think an better CPU is required, the 3500X should do the gaming job perfectly fine @ 1440p with an decent discrete graphic card.
    One of the main points of this build was to keep costs down while future proofing going forward, I think I've achieved that.
    The time I've sold the i7 6700k and the other parts this build would of cost me very little, job done.
     
  10. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 22, 2019

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    Everything turned up today so I made a start putting it all together. :)

    I need to tear my old gaming rig apart next as I'm re-using the PSU and watercooled 1080ti.
    But I have xmas parties and other things on for the rest of this week, so it will have to wait for now.

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    Last edited: Dec 17, 2019
  11. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

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    Some generic benchmarks (3500X).


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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2020
  12. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 22, 2019

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    Well I managed to hit 3733/1866 C18 on the memory OC.
    But there does not appear to be any advantage running at this speed with slightly looser timings.
    3600/1800 C16 yielded the best results overall so will run with that.

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  13. Joxeon

    Hitman

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    Your latency seems quite high for that ram, I'm using the same stuff and getting around 64 latency and 5000 more on read and copy, at 3733 that ram should easily hit 16 with tight subs. Have you tried using typhoon/ryzen d-ram calc?
     
  14. The Old School Gamer

    Gangster

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    [UPDATE]

    The latest BIOS update has brought the latency down under 70ns.

    [UPDATE]

    I've now replaced the 3500X with a 3900 (non-X). :)
    New benchmarks below.

    Ironically the ALL core boost on this 3900 actually boosts 100mhz higher than my 3900X.
    Single core peak boost is still higher on the 3900X though as the 3900 tops out 4.3Ghz vs 4.6Ghz.

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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2020