Added updates for the more recent changes. The meat and potatoes haven't changed. If I do another upgrade without changing the whole system, maybe I'd go for a 2060 Super or 5700XT. The i5 6600K was plenty capable of keeping up with a 1080, but core count will likely be a bigger factor moving forward with Ryzen.
At the time I bought it, it was before Etherium mining drove prices for 1060 6GB cards through the roof. You're better off checking out Linus Tech Tips on YouTube for their video on the current best value cards for the resolution you game at. Resolution is a major factor in how well a card performs.
Ah, you don't even use all of the computing resources it offers now, so updating to Ryzen will offer little benefit for the investment, gotcha. A bit of an odd scenario though where you use so little CPU but find yourself wanting for more RAM!
An FX-series CPU and AM3+ motherboard seem out of place for a 2017 build. Did you start gathering parts in 2016? Why the FX over some other CPU?
Addendum: Having come across more comparisons between air-cooling and water-cooling since this build, it seems the water coolers would actually be noisier with the addition of the water pump, and wouldn't offer that much better cooling performance over the NH-D14, which I've also determined is pretty much overkill for the relatively modest TDP of the i5 6600K, even with boosted voltage and a healthy overclock. Further, the pump is a major potential point of failure. A large heatsink can still function with marginal passive thermal dissipation even if the fans stop working; but if the pump stops, the heat is trapped in the CPU.
See, I did put a lot of thought into this one. Closed loop water coolers do not necessarily perform better; they are not immune to the laws of thermodynamics. The only "magic pills" are phase-change that was all the rage in the early 2000's and thermoelectric which was the buzz tech in the later half of that decade. For the price, I didn't find anything offering any better cooling capacity, especially not in a package I would trust. Does something better exist at a competitive price point that I just don't know about? I certainly wouldn't be willing to bet against it. But even closed loop systems run the risk of leaks. Air cooled systems are more limited by the amount of fresh air they can bring in and hot air they can expel than liquid cooled systems, it's true. But this case is large enough to prevent heat from getting trapped in a confined space, and has more than sufficient air flow capacity to keep it moving (read: a whole heck of a lot, especially for how quiet it is). Further in the future, I may be looking into a custom water cooling setup. But cheap water cooling isn't the holy grail of thermal solutions some folks might make it out to be, or it would have been the standard ten years ago instead of the cutting edge reserved for professional builders like Voodoo PC and pre-dell Alienware, and extreme custom enthusiasts with deep pockets. This is my very first ground-up mid-range enthusiast build for myself, but just because I had a self-upgraded MacBook as my primary system for the past 7 years doesn't mean I wasn't paying close attention to the enthusiast hardware scene for the past 13 (re: since middle school). Air cooling has been the standard for the longest time, and while technology marches forward, so too does air cooling tech and it would be unwise to write it off too quickly.
Nope, drops right in, it's (one of) the biggest that will fit. No clearance issues at all with the cooler except the USB 3.0 front panel header on the mobo which was in an unfortunate position to begin with. The case may be designed for the Mini ITX form factor, but it is about as full-size as you can get with only two expansion slots. It's about as wide and almost as deep as most mid towers, they just cut out 5 expansion slots in height.
Dat AGP slot. Dat vintage Raidmax case. I remember those being on the market ~14 years ago.
Now, if you were to do a Pentium D 805 "Smithfield" build, you'll be cruising in late 2000's budget overclocking style. Vintage builds with no practical modern performance are cool in their own way.
You might consider upgrading the CPU cooler to the Reeven Brontes, which Tom's Hardware reviewed rather favorably as a high-performance low-pro cooler. At 59mm high, it should just squeeze in where an older 60mm Zalman lowpro cooler just barely fit, despite PCPP saying it's "not compatible." Non-window versions of the RVZ02B have an extra 0.5-1mm of clearance over the windowed versions, and it can make all the difference.
He likely already had the 960 from before the 1060 was even available.
Great minds think alike.
The tightly controlled vanilla experience from Minecraft Mobile/XBox/Win10 edition leaves a lot to be desired compared to the open freedom offered by Minecraft "Classic."
Aye, and quite ergonomic at that, though the response leaves something to be desired.
With a disused king-sized sheet and desk lamps, even a phone camera can put out halfway decent pics.
Unfortunately in benchmarks the banana proved rather mediocre. It may require overclocking into banana bread to get it up to snuff.
Already set fan profiles, and that would have been nice to know when installing Windows!
Imgurian, actually. Not sure where the banana originated, but it's commonly used on posts originating on imgur. Fun fact: I don't buy or eat bananas. Had to ring up mother to borrow one for the shoot. She didn't even have to ask, she just said "Oh god." And she's the one who sent me a picture of a pair of trousers made of light fabric still in the impressively small packaging... with a banana for scale.
Nope, the RAM heatsinks don't extend very much more than bare RAM.