Copper Ice

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New Computer Hardware

After more than 7 years, I have decided to invest some money in new computer hardware, costing me a total of £1538.33. The actual components for the machine cost £1,513.35 from UK Gaming Computers but I also bought a windows 10 pro licence from Software Geeks for £19.99. The other £4.99 was for a cheap flash drive I bought from Amazon in order to instal windows.

Here are the specifications for both machines. For both I have integrated sound and use ethernet networking.

Old Intel Machine

  • Case: Antec 902
  • Power Supply: Corsair 650W TX V2
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Manufacturer Heatsink and fan
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz/PC12800 (4 x 4GB)
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX
  • Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: Sony 24x DVD/CD + Re-Writer (Integrated)

New AMD Machine

  • Case: Game Max Abyss RGB
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX650 650W
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7Ghz Turbo 4.35Ghz 8 Core 16 Thread
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Manufacturer Heatsink and fan
  • RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000Mhz (2 x 16GB)
  • Motherboard: Asus TUF B450-Plus
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 480GB Gigabyte SSD
  • 2nd Hard Drive: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
  • Optical Drive: Asus SDRW-08D2S-U LITE DVD/CD Re-Writer (External)
  • Additional Case Fans: 2 x Game Max Windforce RGB LED & Controller

While my old Intel machine does now have a 480GB SSD instead of the mechanical drive that came with it, there are still massive upgrades which I hope will not only allow me to play the latest games on the highest graphics settings but also allow me to more easily record game footage and possibly do some video editing for youtube and my blog.

I have replaced the old 2nd generation Intel i7 processor with the latest AMD Ryzen 8 core 16 thread processor. Doubled my RAM from 16GB to 32 which is also now DDR4 3000Mhz as opposed to DDR3 1600Mhz. My new graphics card isn’t exactly the best on the market right now but it’s certainly a beast compared to my ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB, which, in all fairness, was pretty powerful 7 years ago. While I do have 3 times the storage capacity, this is something which could easily be upgraded in future, especially with the introduction of an internal PCIe SSD for my operating system and core programs.

There are however two potential regrets. One is that I saved some money by skimping on the motherboard. There are much better ones on the market but I have been reassured by a good friend of mine that it doesn’t really matter unless I wanted to overclock the processor, which I don’t. Another is the Game Max Abyss case with tempered glass. It looks really cool and I look forward to messing around the the RGB settings, but I am a little worried about the lack of airflow which is why I bought additional case fans. Again, I don’t want to overclock my processor so hopefully it will not get too hot in there!

2 responses to “New Computer Hardware”

  1. Jason says:

    You’ll be more than happy with your investment for at least the next 3 – 5 years with minimal investment in new hardware. It’s a better spec that what I have, a first gen Ryzen 7, and after 3 years, I’m still happy with it’s performance, although the upcoming 16 core, 32 thread monster Ryzen 3950X is sure tempting.

  2. Copper says:

    Thanks Jason. Really looking forward to it!

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