Here is the processor I used in my most recent system rebuild. For years I’ve run a Dual Core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+. Since I’d had good luck and performance from that AMD processor this is who I chose to go with for the new machine. Currently I’m running this processor slightly overclocked. I’m using my liquid cooling system with a new water block. I am seeing temperatures similar to what I got from the old dual core. Which is rather amazing to me. The last thing I expected was to see an 8 core processor running the same temperature as a 2 core CPU. I’m not sure if this is do to a couple of changes I made to my liquid cooling setup, improvements in processor thermal dynamics or a combination of both. If I had to guess I’d think it is the last option.
Here is my old machine and liquid cooling setup. I changed the cooling placement and had to get a new water block for the AM3+ CPU. For my new hardware I’m still using the case shown in the photos. The same power supply is in use. I’m using the same case fans and cooling tubes. Everything else has been gutted and replaced.
Although the drive below was only in use for a year. I upgraded to a higher end Corsair SSD with a bit more room to spare. Basically upgraded to a 120GB model with faster performance. The old SSD was used for running my operating system and software. That is the same use for the new one.
After only a year in use the hard drive below was very close to completely full. So I had to purchase a new one to take it’s place. Like the old drive the new one is liquid cooled.