Just relaying some information I saw on TechBuyer Guru's forum
The GPU went from an AMD Radeon R9 285 to a Geforce GTX 1070 TI.
The 3DMark Graphic Score went from 2592 to 6792.
The CPU went from an Intel I5-4690K @ 3.5 GHz to I5-8600K @ 3.60 GHz.
The 3DMark CPU score went from 3207 to 5508.
Overall score went from 2668 to 6512. Both tests were run simultaneously on the two different computers. The new one finished much faster. Both are not overclocked and both had 16GB memory.
I remember ordering the AMD Radeon card from Amazon back when. It was before Prime and free 2 day shipping. While I waited for the card to arrive, your recommendation changed to a brand new GeForce card that had come out that was much faster. I stayed with the one I had ordered which is probably why the lager jump was with the graphics score.
Technology marches on. My new computer built this weekend is already obsolete, but it will serve me well, hopefully for the next 5 years until that in-bedded brain chip comes out.
I assume that cost didn't include Windows 10. If so, it is in line with the budget Ari quoted with this build. That was my experience as well, you could probably save 10 or 20 here or there, but no huge bargains where it could make a significant difference.
Enjoy your great PC for the years to come.
Great build - a truly no-compromise, follow-the-recipe build!
What's the final tally?
Since I was curious too I downloaded the Core Temp utility. The last picture of the camera roll is a screenshot of the core temp reading. In sum for my usage (ThinkorSwim + 6 Chrome tabs with 1 youtube video running) it's between 30s - mid 60s. You might have noticed the CPU multiplier on that screenshot is lower. I have no idea why that is happening. Unfortunately the AI Suite 3 tool is down after the latest windows update so I can't launch the application to verify it. Hope it helps.
Thank you for your comment. It was a three month project to plan and to scalp the parts, so after a while it was like "when is the kettle going to boil?".
I also saw your had your own mini-iTX build as well. Nice job!
Which processor would you have chosen for this build?
I'm with ya. Cost is one thing I don't like about this build. But I managed to get the processor overclocked with very little effort so at least the mobo is sort of justified.
What's wrong with it? Nothing, other than that it isn't as powerful as the 1070 and 1080 graphic chipsets. They would be great if you want to run AAA games on your 1440p monitor with GSync.
No, I'm not a PC enthusiast. I don't need to see fireworks. Anything more complicated that what I did will be out of my league. The software did the tuning and saved the settings automatically in the BIOS.
What that tuning software did was it started from 4.5GHz and run some sort of load to detect the temperature, and then incremented by 0.1GHz each time. It "crashed" at 4.9GHz and that was the end of the tuning loop.
Had I got a 8700K processor with liquid cooler and extra fan cases, it could probably be OC'ed to slightly higher than 5 GHz, and go whoa... instead I use the price difference to go from a 256GB 950 EVO to a 512 GB 960 PRO.
Thanks for the suggestions!
I OC'ed the processor to 4.8GHz. I didn't do stress test on it so I didn't know, but from the tuning software it'll probably hit mid-70s when stressed. But most of the time it sat around the 30s for my normal use.
The mobo that I used came with an application called AI Suite 3. When you have the app opened, you'll see the screen of the last uploaded picture. I clicked on the 5-way optimization button on the top left, and just let the software did the work for me.
Great. I have a Skylake Core i5 laptop with 8GB RAM and Intel HD graphics. This new PC runs ThinkorSwim noticeably faster than the laptop. The usual web browsing and Microsoft products are a little bit faster but meh. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it'll run PubG fine. Depends on what you need your PC for I guess.