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    1. Member XClayX's Avatar
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      04-20-2017 09:26 AM #1
      In the past I've had hardware failures which was the primary drive to getting a new piece of tech. AMD's Ryzen 7 has planted the itch to build or upgrade one of my systems. So I compared it to my circa 2013 machines (a10 5800k / i5 4670k) via passmark website tool. Unsurprisingly the Ryzen 7 1700x is easily 2-3x faster then my current machines.

      So is it worth it? Buy MB, Process, Ram, OS (not sure if I could reuse) and reuse the old SSD's video cards (HD7870), PSU, case etc. Est 600 bucks give or take = Mmmm cores....


      Reality is my current systems are meeting my needs for the most part. Sure there's a few things where its like watching paint dry but not the norm. My mom always said... Is it a want? a need? or a have to have?

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      04-20-2017 10:20 AM #2
      Usually when I have a want. It used to be need, as in the need to play the latest games, but getting older, kid is growing up, etc, life gets in the way. I've got a bunch of new games in my steam library that I haven't touched yet because I don't have time anymore
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      04-21-2017 01:03 PM #3
      Usually when I couldn't play modern games at low settings with decent frame rates. Basically just outpacing the consoles.

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      04-30-2017 04:41 PM #4
      After 5 years, or when there's some kind of qualitative change in the technology eg: SSDs.

      I have a Lenovo S20 with a Xeon processor, 2 Nvidia Quadro cards, and 500G rotational HD. I just (last night) purchased a new MB, i7 4790 processor, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 1T SSD. I reuse my existing case and power supply and have a computer that will last me another 5 years.
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      04-30-2017 04:49 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by pops View Post
      I reuse my existing case and power supply and have a computer that will last me another 5 years.
      Not that I think it's that risky with known stuff, but many will say old power supplies are dangerous to reuse because they lose max output and stability with age.
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      04-30-2017 05:06 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Not that I think it's that risky with known stuff, but many will say old power supplies are dangerous to reuse because they lose max output and stability with age.
      I wasn't aware of that, but will look into it. Thank you!

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      05-02-2017 05:46 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by pops View Post
      After 5 years, or when there's some kind of qualitative change in the technology eg: SSDs.

      I have a Lenovo S20 with a Xeon processor, 2 Nvidia Quadro cards, and 500G rotational HD. I just (last night) purchased a new MB, i7 4790 processor, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 1T SSD. I reuse my existing case and power supply and have a computer that will last me another 5 years.
      My current home machine is archaic, I built it in July '09 and I'm still running it with Win7 64/Athlon X2 2.8GHz/8GB Ram/750GB HDDx2/GeForce 8400GS. Of course, I didn't use it for 2 years when I got my Surface3.

      Upgrading it only makes sense if it's the HDD and chip. I need to make a video production rig, so upgrading RAM, HDD/SSD, processor, gfx card, etc.- might as well just build a new machine.
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      05-02-2017 09:59 PM #8


      So my mobo fried on my gaming desktop. I was going to send the mobo to get RMA'd, but then I went wtf. I have to pay for shipping and that is going to be $30, plus I'll spend a month waiting? **** that. New mobos are cheap.

      So I bought a MSI mobo. Then I realized the chipset didn't OC well with my CPU.

      So I bought a new Gigabyte mobo with a different, better chipset.

      Then I discovered Tom Clancey's Wildlands, and my PC could only play it on low at 720p.

      So I said **** it and bought a new mobo, cpu, and gpu.

      Then realized that for some reason the new mobo didn't work well with my newish case, both ATX. So I bought a new case....

      Then I bought another new SSD to handle said game.

      Then I bought a new monitor.


      This is why people hate PC gaming. I just spent probably $700 to fix a motherboard...



      Also everything in the picture I purchased just walking into my local Micro Center. Zero planning or thought went into it. Micro Center is dope. Guy who helped me researched prices online and price matched everything. I got it cheaper than PC Part Picker shows by a WHOLE lot.

      So far everything is solid.

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      05-03-2017 08:39 AM #9
      Usually to keep up with games.

      Most recently I upgraded to a 27" 1440p G-Sync monitor. A few months prior I upgraded my videocard to a GTX 1070. It replaced a GTX 780, which replaced a pair of Radon HD6870s.

      The rest of the system is a little over 5 years old now, my Sandy Bridge i7 2600k is still working pretty well. I did replace my case a few months back, but I just wanted something new. I have also added a few SSDs over the years.
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      05-03-2017 06:24 PM #10


      Whelp I just returned the RX 460 for a GTX 1060. The 460 just couldn't handle AAA title at 1080p even overclocked on medium.

      Now playing Wildlands on ultra at 1080p averaging 74 fps, without overclocking.

      And I upgraded my PSU too since I now need a PCI power plug and will overclocking CPU and GPU.

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