So, much to my surprise it has been 8 YEARS since I built my last PC... it is hard to believe because it is still pretty fast.
I haven't upgraded it at all since the time of the build with the exception of 2 SSD drives, the first was a 256Mb a few years ago and just recently a 1 GB SSD...
I am still shocked its been so long since I built this water cooled PC!
I noticed my CPU was running a bit hot so I tore the pc apart and it looks like the enclosed liquid cooled pump is starting to fail... no repairing that thing, so I started looking at new solutions and decided as long as I am digging it apart, I might as well go all out and just rebuild it with new components.
Anyway, I have done multiple builds through the years and have always appreciated the latest insights from the active group here... so I need your advice again!
I am planning on keeping everything that is still viable and working well, so that will likely include my case, fans, power supply and drives.
Here is my build:
Intel i7-950 3.06GHz 8M LGA 1366
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UDR3 Motherboard
ADATA 2 GB (Gaming Series) DDR3 1600G RAM ( x 3 sticks)
Sapphire Superclock EVGA NVIDIA GTX470 1.25GB Video
AZZA Hurricane 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case
CoolerMaster Silent Pro 850W Power Supply
So my thoughts are to keep this great case and LED fans.
Keep my awesome power supply and all my drives.
I just bought a new Liquid Cooler System: CoolerMaster ML240R RGB
The question now is, which mobo/cpu/RAM/Graphics Card...
The age old AMD vs Intel... I have built systems with both and I'm happy with both.
As far as needs go, its occasional gaming, sometimes modern games, although I mostly play those on PS4 or XB.
I don't do much video editing but a little.
I want a fast gamer capable system but don't need the latest and greatest.
I am happy with a good system that doesn't break the bank but will last me for many years (as my last one).
Is my RAM still good or is the newer RAM much faster?
Has the form factors changed for the slots in modern Mobos for the RAM and graphics cards?
What do you guys think?
Give me some advice to get started with....