Core i5 Update

This is a rebuild of the Core i5 Sandy Bridge Build machine. This machine also started spontaneously shutting off, have BSOD and freeze events. (Just like what caused the Core i5-10400 rebuild, previously).

The CPU, motherboard and RAM were changed out. The old motherboard was USB 2 with DDR3; the new motherboard is USB 3 with DDR4, and got a bump from 16GB to 32GB

Some facts on the new CPU: it is currently #279 on PassMark [20,970], with a turbo speed of 4.8 GHz and TDP of 65W to 117W. It is 6 cores/12 threads, first seen Q1 2022.

For now, the old GTX 970 Video card is still being used (see Video Card Relative Benchmarks) – it is on its last legs, though, and needs upgraded too.

Next step: Windows was no longer activated (new hardware, which is expected). What is different is that the “New Hardware Installed” button is completely borked. It tried to log in to Microsoft, which changed my local account into the “linked email account”. In the end, I just decided to get a new OEM Windows 10 and a new SSD NVMe (because at this point, this system is begging for it).

Update: The old Optiarc DVD drive was not recognized by the motherboard/BIOS as a valid boot device. So – swapped in a newer drive to get Windows installed. Update: splurged, purchased a Blu-ray burner with M-DISC support. Update: M-DISC blanks from Amazon arrived – true M-DISC 25x for $65, regular BD-R 25x for $22. Both are 25GB size.

Update: Bought a RTX 3080Ti for $900 (on sale from $1,200)

CPUIntel Core i5 12600 3.3GHz LGA 1700 65W$230
RAMCorsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3600 PC4-28800$130
MotherboardASUS PRIME B660-Plus D4 LGA 1700 2.5Gb LAN, Gen 1 Type-C$140
Power SupplyCorsair 750CX ATX 12V 80 Plus EPS12V($60)
VideoNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X, PCIe x4.0, 10,240 CUDA cores$900
CaseAntec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower($60)
SS DriveSamsung 980 Pro 1TB PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe, 7000MB/sec, M2.2280$140
HD DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM 64MB WD1002FAEX($88)
DVD/CDASUS BW-16D1HT Blu-ray burner with M-DISC support$80
OSWindows 10 Professional 64 bit$130
KeyboardCorsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Red LED – Cherry MX Brown Switches($130)
MouseLogitech G5 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse($46)

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