RAM stack is full now at 32GB, added another 16GB of the same RAM I had (1600 MHz /CL10).
One thing I hadn’t realised until now was that although I had 1600 MHz rated RAM in, the Gigabyte motherboard was running it at 1333 MHz: you have to enable XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) for the Mobo to adopt the rated frequency.
It does look kind of cool to see all four RAM slots stacked - originally I started at one 8GB stick:
I think that concludes the mid-life upgrade - took me about 6 months. In the end I updated / replaced the following:
- Updated PSU to 760W - circa NZ$320
- Increased RAM from 16GB to 32GB and increased speed from 1333MHz to 1600MHz - NZ$133
- Watercooled & OC’d CPU - NZ$150
- Upgraded GPU to 1080Ti - NZ$978
So total cost NZD$1,581, approximately $1,100 USD.
UserBenchmarks: Game 123%, Desk 72%, Work 59%
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K - 95.1%
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti - 166.6%
SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 250GB - 102.2%
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB - 75.8%
RAM: G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3 1600 C10 4x8GB - 63.4%
MBD: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3
In the end, the majority of the performance boost is from the 1080Ti, which is probably an overkill GPU for the motherboard/CPU architecture but alas, I wanted to do a gradual upgrade rather than a brand new PC.
Some of the money may not have been ideally spent, it might have been smarter to go straight into new architecture…but I learned a lot about basic OC’ing, cooling, chipsets, RAM etc. so in a way I’ve just been paying studying fees.
I should now be able to run DCS at 1080p at high settings and hopefully X-Plane with decent settings too, although I think I’ll be CPU-bottlenecked with XP. I’ll need to find out whether VR is a realistic option or whether the CPU is too weak.