The Old Computer Bows Its Head

This post is all about my old computer and the 6 years it gave me. There’s a new kid in town and that means one of you has got to go… a few feet to the right… to make way for the new.

My old beast of a computer, which I am currently in the process of upgrading from.

Intel i7 4770k 3.5 Ghz Quad Core with Hyperthreading
32 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM
PNY Geforce GTX 770 Graphics Card w/2Gb of GDDR5 Memory
ASUS Z87-Pro Motherboard with WiFi!
Corsair RM750 Watt Power Supply
250 GB SSD Hard Drive
8TB Hard Drives Spread Out Over 4 Drives

2 Dell 1080p Monitors

I built this computer in 2013 for playing some video games but mainly for running 3D applications like ZBrush and Maya. At the time, it wasn’t the most powerful computer that one could build, but I feel like it could hold its own own for how much it cost. The large amount of RAM that I went with shows that it was built more for memory intensive applications rather than gaming. Heck, 32GB is considered overkill for most computer builders even today.

Another reason for the large amount of RAM was that it wasn’t that expensive back then, this was before RAM prices started to skyrocket and got out of hand.

The graphics card did what I needed it to do, most 3D applications at the time didn’t rely too heavily on what was going on with the graphics card, having a couple of gigs of GDDR5 memory onboard wasn’t a downside however. I remember the CPU being the good bye at the time, I think it was in the sweet spot of price vs performance. It can still handle modern games today, meaning that it’ll load them and give the frames needed. I threw in my new graphics card into this computer and ran a bunch of games, I really didn’t have many problems with getting them going at decent frame rates either.

That beast of a card!

The 250GB SSD for my C drive was really starting to annoy me though, a lot of programs would default to using it as a scratch disk and it just kept getting filled up and then stalled out the application I was using. I’d keep going in there and clearing things out or managing the programs to use other drives. More was definitely needed.

I have two identical Dell monitors, 24 inches, that I have nothing but good things to say about. They are IPS displays, for color accuracy and all that, I don’t want a TN or VA display for that factor alone. The issues I have with them today are that they are only 1080p and their max refresh rate is 60 Hertz. My new display is an ultrawide, 3440 x 1440p and is 144 Hertz while still being an IPS display. I plan on using that as my main monitor and using one of my Dells as an extra screen off to the side. The 2nd Dell will be the monitor for this old system since I think I’ll keep it around to be used as a Plex server.

Basic uninspired computer from 2013. Oh how the times have changed.

The case I’ve been using all these years is a Corsair something or other, how the hell am I supposed to remember the name of it? I got it because I was really into silent computers back then and I didn’t care what it looked like, I just wanted to not be able to hear it. It only has two fans for the case and then the CPU fan and graphics card fans, so it stays pretty silent. I’ve changed my tune in that regard as you’ll soon see with the new PC.

So yea, that’s about it. I just wanted to write a little bit about my old computer, mostly because I might want to reference back to it at some point. Is that dumb? Eh…