PC Build Thread


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Aug 12, 2007
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My current build (1/30/18):

CPU: Intel Core I7-3030KCPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
RAM: G.Skill Sniper 32GB
GPU: MSI Geforce GTX970
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 750W
Storage: Corsair Force LE 480GB SSD
2x WD Blue 1TB HDD

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
Displays: 3x Acer 21.5" 1080P Monitors
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
Razer Naga
Audio-Technica ATH-M50s
Logitech Z323
Blue Yeti
Logitech G27

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My current build (1/30/18|Built on 1/25/18):

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k
Cooler: Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92
MoBo: ASUS p8z77-v LX
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1600
PSU: Rosewill Valens 700W
Storage: 2x Seagate Barracuda 1TB RAID1

Case: Rosewill Redbone U3
Displays: HP 27VX, Oculus Rift DK2
Logitech MK345
Logitech G29
Logitech Z506
Plantronics Gamecom 788
Saitek Cyborg V.1

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My current build (1/30/18): - originally built in early 2013

CPU: Intel Core I5-3570K
CPU Cooler:Corsair H100i
MoBo: AsusP8z77-lk
RAM: Kingston Beast 8gb
GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX970, Asus GTX660
PSU: Corsair 650w
Storage: Samsung EVO 500gb
1 x 3TB Western Digital
1 x 1TB Western Digital
1x 500gb Western Digital

Case: Corsair C70
Displays: Dell ST2210, 21.5" 1080p, Asus VE228, 21.5" 1080p
Logitech G19
Logitech G600
Bose Soundlink II
Current System:
Toshiba Sattellite C55-B5353:
Intel Pentium N3530@2.16Ghz
4GB DDR3L 1333Mhz
Intel Integrated Graphics

WIP Desktop:
Intel Core i7 3930K
32GB(4x8GB) DDR3 1600Mhz
EVGA 550 G2 Modular PSU
*Need a new Motherboard for the system
I'm running:

HP Z600
Dual L5640 Xeons (2.26Ghz/2.8Ghz turbo - total 12 cores/24 threads)
16Gb DDR3
Asus ROG GTX1050 2Gb

All in 350 GBP in ebay bargains, with some potential to upgrade processors and memory.
This has been a huge upgrade from my old system and Blender and RoR FLY along now.
Current rig:

I7-3610QM @ 2.30ghz
CPU Cooler:
Stock and awful
MoBo: WhoKnos
RAM: 8gb of whatever they stuffed in it
Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
Factory craptop, legit comes up as "unknow" in most hardware detectors.
Storage: TB of whatever dell used for it

Inspiron 17r laptop, so...
Displays: 17" 1924x1080 "HD" screen

Only runs at full capacity with ThrottleStop turned on due to a cracked charge port making it think it's not a Dell charger, running on a different Bios than what it originally came with because Dell didn't release most of what this was preloaded with, won't charge, and has cracked the heatsink from overheating in the past and had to be rebuilt by someone who knows what they're doing (cus i sure don't.) Gotta love Dell!...never again.
Still pulls 0.3x at full graphics and 0.4 at equivalent graphics at ~30fps. I'm satisfied. Full graphics on 0.4 just kills it (thanks, PSSM.)
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Current System:
CPU: Ryzen 5 1500x @ 3.5ghz w/Wraith Spire Cooler
GPU: EVGA nVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050ti (SC Edition)
Motherboard: MSI B350 Tomahawk
RAM: 16GB of DDR4 @ 3200MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX
PSU: Corsair 500W
Storage: 250 GB M.2 NVMe Samsung EVO SSD 970
1 TB Western Digital HDD

Case: Corsair Carbide 100R
Displays: 1080p 60hz Dell Monitor
Logitech G500s
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard
Razer Kraken Pro V2
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My server computer.

  • Pfsense CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230v2 RAM: 8 GB
  • ESXI01 CPU X2 Intel Xeon E5-2690V2 RAM: 256GB
  • ESXI02 CPU X2 Intel Xeon E5-2680 RAM: 256GB
  • FreeNAS CPU X2 Intel Xeon E5-2680 RAM 256GB HDD: 12 WD gold 6TB, 2 Samsung SM863 120GB, 2 Intel DC P3520 1.2TB, Network: Intel X540-T2
  • UPS PowerWalker VI 3000 RT HID

Adding some info about my server computer.

I'm running:

HP Z600
Dual L5640 Xeons (2.26Ghz/2.8Ghz turbo - total 12 cores/24 threads)
16Gb DDR3
Asus ROG GTX1050 2Gb

All in 350 GBP in ebay bargains, with some potential to upgrade processors and memory.
This has been a huge upgrade from my old system and Blender and RoR FLY along now.
How does the L5640 do in terms of gaming?
My current build of 2-1-2018

CPU: intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @2.83GHz
Ram: 8GB of DDR2
GPU: GTX 1050ti (had a GT 1030)
Case: a old eMachines T5082 from 11 years back.
Motherboard: DG41TY

this is for now, i saving money for a half decent one with a i5 6600 or a mid range i7 and a GTX 1070 or 1060 but using the same case. i just like the way it looks and its a sleeper.
It's ok for my uses, but I'm not a big gamer. With the right motherboard (ie not this HP one) they are very overclockable. It's only a 60W TDP processor too. Mine run at 23 deg C idle and 45 deg C 100% load rendering in Blender.
Currrent Build:

: Z97X
CPU: i7 4790T (yes, its a T! very rare CPU)
Cooler: 212X
Ram:8gb HyperX
GPU: Sapphire RX 580
PSU: 600w EVGA
Storage: Kingston 240gb SSD, 1tb Seagate Barracuda, WD Scorpio 250gb
Case: Thermaltake Versa C21
Display: 32' tv, 21' inch BenQ display.
Audio: STR 660, Yamaha Stagepas 300 (yep, my neighbors love me)
Peripherals: Thermaltake mouse and keyboard. Redragon wireless controller + 2 xbox 360 controllers.

It is god damn quiet. Switched to i7 and 580 a while ago. Got a spare i3 and gtx 950 laying around. might build something with those two soon!

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I may as well contribute to this as well, but since this thread states about upgrades, I will post the first laptop I had, and then the current one I use to this very moment. This was the first that was bought for me as a gift from Christmas of 2011, although the notebook is actually a 2010 model.

  • Type: ASUS K53E Notebook
  • CPU: i5-2430M @ 2.40GHz; Intel boost capable of 3.00GHz
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • RAM: Base: 4GB (later updated to 8GB) DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • Storage: 500GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • Display: 15.6" 16:9 HD (1366 x 768) LED backlit screen

After so many years of having the ASUS K53E, it was slowly dying, and it has now reached a point where it has continuous screen hang-type freezes, and even suffering from BSOD's, so I knew it was time to replace it. Thankfully, I was able to find something for a decent price that outclasses the old one in every single way, except the base GPU that comes with the actual CPU board. This is the specs for the new laptop that I have purchased on 02/14/18.

  • Type: MSI GL62M 7REX-1067 Gaming Notebook
  • CPU: i7-7700HQ @ 2.80GHz; Intel boost capable of 3.80GHz
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 630 (CPU-based graphics card)/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5) (dedicated graphics card)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • RAM: Base: 16GB (capable of 32 GB) DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SATA SSD (PCI-E)
  • Display: 15.6" 16:9 Full HD eDP Vivid Color 94% (1920 x 1080) screen

I also have purchased a few other items to go along with it, such as a cooling pad to ensure that things stay cool, even though the MSI has "Cooler Boost 4" technology, as well as an external 1TB HDD, among other accessories deemed suitable for this laptop.
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Got a killer deal on this one. i5 6500, 1tb hard drive, 8gb ram, crappy motherboard, case and 600w evga power supply for 240 bucks.... Just added the spare 950 I had laying around, and I got myself a decent home theater pc!
My current build

GPU-1070 Asus Turbo
RAM-32GB of DDR3
CPU cooler- H60 corsair Push pull config
Number of fans-5
and i got RGB lighting strips WIN_20180609_17_37_12_Pro.jpgWIN_20180609_17_37_42_Pro.jpg

i am going to upgrade my cpu so that i am not bottlenecked. it will be a 8th gen i5
2007 Dell XPS M1530.

Intel Core 2 Duo
nVidia 8400M graphics (which were defective from 2007-2010-ish, so I can’t use it for Rigs of Rods anymore, which is sad because it’s double the performance of my other laptop)
crappy stock fans plus a desk top fan that I blow under the laptop
not much else of interest.

I think it’ll become no more than an email reader, because I think the graphics card is starting to go. Anything intensive at all, and it just crashes.

After annoying the entire BeamNG forum with computer build stuff, time to move on to the RoR forum! Yay!

Lenovo K330B PC Gaming Desktop Intel i5-2310 Quad 8 GB 1.5 TB Nvidia GT640 HDMI | eBay

Looking at maybe buying something like this, something to run Rigs of Rods and BeamNG nicely enough. Pretty cheap, and does what I want it to do, but if you guys had any thoughts I’d like to hear them.
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HP ProDesk 400 G1 MT:

Intel Core i5 4590@3.30Ghz
8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
Asus Strix RX 570 4GB(Not installed)
Dell Optiplex 7010
Core i5-3470 @ 3.2Ghz
8GB Ram
500GB HDD (Windows 10 Pro)
160GB HDD (macOS High Sierra)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC
Laptop: HP ProBook 6570b
CPU: Intel Core i5-3230M (Ivy Bridge)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Storage: 1TB Toshiba HDD
Wi-fi: Broadcom BCM43228 mPCIe card(Sometimes I swap in my Intel Advanced-N 6205)
Bluetooth: Broadcom BCM2070
Ethernet: Intel gigabit
Optical drive: HP GT80N DVD Writer
OS(s): Arch Linux + Windows 7 Professional

Desktop: HP Z600 Workstation
CPUs: Two Intel Xeon E5640 processors (Westmere-EP)
Graphics: Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 OC Windforce 3 with 2GB VRAM
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB HDD (Linux), + WD Black 1TB HDD (Windows)
Ethernet: Broadcom gigabit
Optical drive: HP GH80N DVD Writer
OS(s): Arch Linux + Windows 7 Professional