I honestly couldn't wait any longer with my system. Given it's specs and age, it's kind of understandable. I was running a first gen Core i5-750, 20gb of DDR3 on a 1156-based Gigabyte P55M-UD2 (a rather popular board it seems, especially with reviewers and labs
), first with an AMD HD4870, then an HD5770/1gb, then a GTX1050ti/4gb and at the end a RTX2060/6gb. This thing was my daily driver for TEN YEARS and I never had a problem that wasn't fixed quite quickly. Of course, in the span of ten years, I lost the ability to change anything in the BIOS other than boot order and time/date, the ethernet port just up and died one day resulting in me getting a Ethernet to USB adapter to take it's place and at the end, when building the new system, the fan/heatsink plastic tabs that secure it to the board snapped from being so brittle. Now if I wanted to run it again, I'd either have to get a new fan/heatsink or run it lying flat else the whole thing would come crashing down.
Now I run a Core i5-9400f
, on a Z390-based MSI board, an MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC
, which in my research was the best board with the most features for the money. My previous system didn't have WIFI or Bluetooth, this has both out of the box and they work great. (Though the antennas for the WIFI in the back get in the way of the USB ports. Someone really didn't think that through too well *shrugs*). I've also got 16gb of 3200mhz DDR4 and the previously mentioned RTX 2060/6gb. I run Win10 off a 256gb Samsung 860EVO SSD along with two 2tb WD BLUE hard drives and another WD BLUE 256gb SSD. Given that the board only has 4 SATA ports, I finally had to retire my Intel X-25M 40gb SSD, that is also ten years old. It just barely squeezed my backup Win7 install on it with a whole 3gigs left free. This board does have RGB but it's pretty minimal, which is fine with me. The case it's currently in is from the early 2000's, all metal, beige. This will change soon but for now it's fine. I always keep the one side panel off for cool air as besides the CPU fan and the PSU, I have no other case fans.
To say there was a difference in how my system and games ran on this is...woefully understated. I really didn't think there would be much of an improvement, to be honest. I was hoping for one, of course, but I didn't expect one. I mean, the video card was the same and while the RAM was a bit faster from the 1600mhz DDR3 I had, the CPU was about the same speed with two more cores. But OH MY GOD, when I turned it on and booted into Win10 in all of seven seconds, I was floored! (Course, Windows had a bit of an 'adjustment' since I didn't reinstall it and at first it refused to boot but I eventually got it working. Pro tip? Don't EVER, EVER, EVER E V E R hit the option in the MSI BIOS that says FAST BOOT! EVER!
This turns off detection of SATA, USB, PS2, Serial and Network ports during boot. Granted having the BIOS skip doing that does, indeed, speed up boot times, but then your system HAS NO FUCKING CLUE WHERE THE BOOT DRIVE IS! Who the FUCK came up with this idea?! It took me almost an hour to get that particular problem fixed. (Yes, I had to reset the BIOS but they don't give you a jumper to short it out, so I just popped the battery out for a minute and it reset) NEVER!
Oh wow, that was much more than I intended to write! So, uh, yeah, TL;DR new systems are great, build a new one before the old one starts getting pension checks. Obvious advice is obvious.