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Old Iron - which one to deploy


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I recently did a thread titled 'Old HWBot warhorses makeover - fixing bent pins and other past sins' after visiting a storage area full of older parts...being in a computer related field, you can never have enough functioning 'old iron' for back-up, mundane tasks or retro gaming etc (I'm excluding machines here that have full server and firewall tasks here as a back-up location). In addition to my 'regular' machines that run daily (a TR / 2x 2080 Ti /  MSI X399 Creation; the recently rebuilt 5960X / 2x 980 CL / Asus Rampage Ex IV; and a recently updated 6700K / 2x 780 Ti CL / Z170 SOC Force), I ended up deploying the fully rebuilt 4960X / 2x 980 CL / Asus X79-E WS) as a NAS + retro gamer.

 

Now I'm left with a choice of deploying either a highly-binned 3770K / Asus Maximus Extreme V (e-atx + extra PCIe slots) or a highly-binned 4790K / Asus Maximus Formula VII (faster, fewer PCIe slots). Both setups were rebuilt and fully stress tested, but not completed / deployed...but the time has come to make a choice for another full retro build. I have all the other pieces (PSU, Case, GPU, HDDs). Rationally, I think the 4790K makes more sense, in part because of the much faster memory bandwidth...but emotionally, I'm really fond of the 3770K setup as that was one of the first hardcore daily + oc builds I ever did...

 

What do you folks think ? Which one should get the nod for a build to pass the time before the next power build in early 2021 (Ryzen5K and/or TR Zen3) ? I'm itching to do a build before then, but only have space for 'one more'...

 

As an aside, I also did manage to test out the old Abit 7 (G) / Pentium 4 below...even found the OCZ (rare) gold heat spreader RAM that went with it. It runs, but it's filthy - be thankful I converted pic to grey-scale -and I do not have an AGP card for it anymore, just some Virge S3 / DX PCI. Besides, I really don't want to fool around with IDE HDD 'master and slave' pins anymore. May be I clean it up and mount it as 'wall-art', the big Zalman Copper 'flower' cooler will look great once cleaned and with the right lighting. The '''loser''' of the above query re. 3770K and 4790K will probably end up right next to it on the wall...😥

  

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😋 😜 :

 

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Performance beats emotional value, so I would go for the 4790k! 

 

(Even in grey-scale the old board looks nasty :classic_laugh: )
I have some old hardware on the top shelf of a display cabinet, It's nice to be able to look at it sometimes. 

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33 minutes ago, Bastiaan_NL said:

Performance beats emotional value, so I would go for the 4790k! 

 

(Even in grey-scale the old board looks nasty :classic_laugh: )
I have some old hardware on the top shelf of a display cabinet, It's nice to be able to look at it sometimes. 

  

TX...the 4790K does make the most sense I guess (sniff, the 3770K is 'looking at me' 😭 ). The 4790K also has decent RAM bandwidth (slightly oc'ed DDR3 2666)  

 

BTW, that Abit IC-7 G came from an office and time when people would smoke at work, including cigars...cough 🤢

  

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And on the flip side I vote 3770k because of emotional value for me as well. That was the generation I got into PC building and I started out with a 3570k. That was the motherboard I ended up dreamily staring at on Newegg because of how fat it was.

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14 minutes ago, J7SC_Orion said:

BTW, that Abit IC-7 G came from an office and time when people would smoke at work, including cigars...cough 🤢

I once had to fix a pc for someone, ended up returning it without touching the thing...

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45 minutes ago, Bastiaan_NL said:

I once had to fix a pc for someone, ended up returning it without touching the thing...

  

What about fine Dutch pipe tobacco ? My dad used to smoke this:

  

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55 minutes ago, Supercrumpet said:

And on the flip side I vote 3770k because of emotional value for me as well. That was the generation I got into PC building and I started out with a 3570k. That was the motherboard I ended up dreamily staring at on Newegg because of how fat it was.

  

Yeah - that was my first E-ATX experience ( > Dremel for the case). BTW, I still have that 'OC Key' thing for it. The 3770K was (is) a great sample, 5+GHz on 240mm AIO, low 1.3xv range

 

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