Core i5-10400

This is a rebuild of the Core 4770k machine. The machine started spontaneously shutting off, then entering a “power-on for 3 seconds and power-off” loop. After cooling down, it would stay running for ~20 minutes, then shutdown. BIOS says the CPU only hit 34C. 1st troubleshoot: replace the PSU. 2nd troubleshoot: dust blow out. 3rd troubleshoot: replace thermal paste on CPU. 4th troubleshoot: manually set the CPU fan to +250% speed.

Some facts on the CPU: it is currently #437 on PassMark [12,375] cpubenchmark.net. Once again, CPUs in the top-50 are just no longer in reach. (The first sub-$500 CPU is #59 [32,898] AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT. The first sub-$500 Intel is #126 [25,150] Intel Core i7-11700K at $390). Plus, this was a “budget choice” for a “general purpose computer”. It currently serves mostly as an email station.

The CPU, motherboard and RAM were changed out. The other pieces stayed the same as the Core 4770K. Using budget-priced pieces, the rebuild still cost $360.

On the topic of upgrades – somewhere in the last 8 years, the OS was upgraded to Windows 10.

All product links are from the actual vendor.

Item Product Cost
CPU Intel Core i5-10400 10th Gen 2.9Ghz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket LGA1200 65W Six-Core Desktop $165
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200 Desktop Memory CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 $76
Motherboard ASUS Prime B560-PLUS LGA 1200 Intel 11th/10th Gen USB 3.2 $120
Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Bronze certified $65
Video Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort Graphics Card, GV-R795WF3-3GD $225
Case Corsair Carbide 300R Mid Tower Case (Black) CC-9011014-WW $55
SD Drive Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SATA 6GB/s MZ-7PD256BW $224
HD Drive Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black WD1002FAEX $85
BD/DVD/CD Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE $21
Keyboard
OS Windows 10 Professional 64bit $127
Total $1405
WiFi TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 N900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter $32
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