lunes, 17 de julio de 2017

[Build Ready] Upgrading the venerable i5 2500k. pc building site custom pc builder

After six-and-a-half years, my trusty 2500k build is finally starting to show its age. My knowledge gap is about that old and I'd like to make sure I'm not missing anything obvious. Y'all were great last time, so here we go again!

Budget for the moment about $1000 (US, no Microcenter). I'm currently gaming at 1080p 60Hz, so I see no reason to upgrade from my GTX 770 until I scrape together the funds to purchase both a 1440p 144Hz display and a 1080ti to power it. What I am interested in is livestreaming a few relatively not-demanding games (MTG:O, Eternal). The Ryzen 5 1600 seems like the best bang-for-buck considering this use case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $149.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350M MORTAR Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $148.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 770 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 3.1 ATX Mini Tower Case -
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan NZXT - Aer RGB120 (3-pack) 61.4 CFM 120mm Fans $74.79 @ OutletPC
Other NZXT Hue+ RGB Colour Changing Internal LED Controller $49.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1022.99
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1002.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-17 15:23 EDT-0400

Parts I already own:

  • Mouse/keyboard/headset
  • Webcam/mic
  • USB Wi-fi dongle
  • External HDD for backups

Parts I will upgrade in the not-too-distant future:

  • GPU (1080ti, pending Vega)
  • Monitor (Dell S2716DG 27.0" 1440p 144Hz)


  • Yes, I am embracing the unicorn vomit RGB trend. No shame.
  • Corsair PSU chosen because I plan on buying their individually-sleeved cable kit. I have no desire to sleeve my own cables, haha. If anyone can point me to a modular 600W+ PSU that comes with sleeved cables for less than ~$140, I'd be happy to swap.


  • According to the specs on the MasterBox, Kraken, and 770, I should be able to fit all three with room to spare. Is there any trick to calculating this aside from just adding up the GPU length + fan width + rad width?
  • This is my first outing with both LED fans and an AIO cooler. I'd like to mount said fans such that the LED ring is visible through the front of the case. Does it matter which side of the radiator the fans are attached to, and which direction those fans are moving air? (the AER LED ring is attached and not reversible, so I basically have one option for airflow direction)
  • I've seen conflicting information on transferring a Windows 10 license acquired through upgrading a 7 install. If I release the license from my current rig, will I be able to transfer it to the new hardware?
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