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Build Advice The 2012 Beast PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by maple, 5 Oct 2020.

  1. maple

    maple Member

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    So around a decade ago I embarked on building my first PC with the help of you guys and I went for an LGA 1155 based system with the following specs:

    i5 2400
    8GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator
    GTX 670 2GB
    500 (Or 550w forgot!) Modular Coolermaster PSU
    CM Storm II Case

    Now...

    What would I upgrade to bring it inline with current standards? Would that even be possible? Would I need a whole new system or could I upgrade a component or two...?
     
  2. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    You’ll need pretty much a completely new system. Only parts that doesn’t have much electronics can be kept.

    New: CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card

    Can re-use: Case, HDD for storage, might be able to re-use power supply

    I had similar 2012 computer: i7 2700k, 16GB RAM, GTX 580 and then 970.
    Recently build the system in my signature. Kept the case, HDD as NAS backup solution. The ageing 550w power supply was not able to support new graphics card so had to be replaced.

    Monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse can all be re-used. My monitor is 10 years old and speakers are even older!
     
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  3. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I wouldn't reuse a 8 year old low to mid range PSU. And any HDD wouldn't be trust worthy. So its just the case, and even then it is missing a lot of the nice features of a modern case. I'd basically replace everything.

    sdit: Wyx087, you put the HDD in your NAS? :eeek::eeek::eeek::eeek::eeek:
     
  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    New system, Ryzen 5000 just around the corner :thumb:
     
  5. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    You could hypothetically speaking source some compatible parts to upgrade with from ebay...
    But it wouldn't be worth the money or effort.

    Also since new Cpus and Gpus are due this very month I'd wait a couple weeks before deciding what to upgrade to.
     
  6. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    Sorry, I meant I'm using it as 4th place to backup NAS data. 1st place NAS itself, 2nd another NAS, 3rd place an external HDD stored at another location.
    Or, data that doesn't require speed, eg. dump videos of my kid eating, so I can capture a single frame of his facial expression to use as emoji in family chat.

    My WD Black 1TB is around 11 years old, bought in 2008/2009. The WD Green 1TB is even older. They are both still going very well, the WD Black was my game drive up until recently. So IMHO if they works, they can store data no problem. But as with all data: back up, back up and do more back ups.



    Agree with everyone. Wait until end of the month, New Ryzen series coming up, new GPU are being released. End of the year is the best time to build a new computer.
     
  7. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    The failure rate analyst in my is going crazy :p
     
  8. Ending Credits

    Ending Credits Bunned

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    My 2012ish rig was a 2600k, 570GTX which I got about 4 months out of because I used my old rig while I was at uni (although to be fair I did get use out of it when I went back home for the holidays). Ended up chucking it out a year or so back, donated parts to someone else.

    PSU and case are the only things that sound worth keeping, but if you're going to keep your rig for another 8 years, you might actually save money by upgrading to a newer more efficient one (plus it's bound to die eventually).
     

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