The 2008 PC Revival (ft. i7-920 + HD 4870)

The 2008 PC Revival (ft. i7-920 + HD 4870)

This is not a PC. It’s most of a PC. Within the dated Raidmax Typhoon case lies
the skeleton of a rig that in its day was high-end, but it needs some TLC. There’s no CPU cooling, storage, or power,
and the case isn’t in good shape either. So today, we’re going to fix some of these
problems and get this machine running, and gaming. The highlight of this rig is the Asus P6T
motherboard; being a big-name X58 motherboard it’s packed with features, like SLI and
Crossfire support, the ability to use 8GB DIMMs, and surface mounted power and reset
buttons. Far and away the biggest advantage though
is the massive ecosystem of used CPUs; compatible Xeons from decommissioned servers are being
sold for peanuts on eBay, and a 6-core processor can be had for as little as $13. I’m saving that for a future video; for
now, we have the legendary i7-920; this thing started the i7 line with a bang, and with
a little overclocking it can keep up with the latest games provided you have the GPU
horsepower to back it up. For graphics, we have the high-end value king
of 2008, the Radeon HD 4870. This is a 1GB model from Powercolor, and it’s
still a plenty capable card for games that don’t require DirectX 11. The biggest weakness is the 3GB of RAM across
as many sticks. They aren’t matched either, but they’ll
at least run in triple-channel to saturate the available bandwidth of the CPU. Any self-respecting X58 PC should have at
least 6GB, but it’ll have to do for now. The last component in the case is some IDE
DVD drive that’s hardly worth mentioning, so let’s turn our attention to more interesting
things, like cooling. I had a mostly complete Hyper 212 Evo kit
that was only missing the mounting nuts, so I dismantled my main PC and grabbed one from
there. A trip to the nearest Home Depot and 79 cents
later, I had what I needed. You may notice the nuts I picked up are smaller
than the stock one; they’re all M4 nuts so they share the same inside diameter, and
aside from some extra difficulty securing the mounting bracket they function the same
way. A few minutes of installation and the cooler
is good to go. There’s a major issue though; since it’s
so tall I can’t fit the side panel on anymore. That’s something I’ll have to address
later; for now, this PC will run in mostly open air. Next I grabbed a 250GB hard drive that happened
to have Windows 10 installed on it. It’s slow as balls and painful to use, but
it works. The last piece of the puzzle is a new old
stock Antec TP-650 power supply, which is more than enough for the components we have. With the PC fully assembled and working, it
was time to play some games. I first ran 3DMark Cloud Gate to get some
baseline numbers to compare to later, but from some quick Googling, these results seem
to be in line with what you should expect from this CPU/GPU combo. Our first actual game is Tomb Raider 2013,
where we get plenty of performance at 1080p normal in the canned benchmark. Dirt Showdown was an easy win; maxing out
the settings was no struggle for the 4870, although it’s worth mentioning that some
graphics features aren’t available without a DirectX 11 GPU. This affects other games I tested as well,
so keep that in mind. Metro 2033 non-redux has a reputation for
punishing PCs, but at medium settings this PC kept up better than I expected. The minimum framerate is largely meaningless
for this particular benchmark. Hitman Absolution was a struggle for the CPU,
but with the sheer number of NPCs that’s no surprise. The Witcher 2 was by far the worst-performing
game I tried; even with the resolution at 1360×768 and settings dropped to medium the
game stuttered and felt awful to play. This seemed to be a problem with either the
GPU or hard drive, but I’ll have to investigate further later. Serious Sam 3 was pleasant to play at high
settings, although that means the internal resolution is 1600×900 with FXAA and 2xMSAA
combined. Maxing Paladins at 1080p wasn’t too much
trouble, and I never felt like I was at a disadvantage because of the framerate. I just suck at the game. Deus Ex Human Revolution could’ve been better;
it stuttered less than Witcher 2, but that’s not saying much. At least it looks nice. Rounding out the list is the Shadow Warrior
reboot; here the PC kept up nicely with the slew of demon parts flying around and my maniacal
mouse mashing. Color me impressed, because this PC held up
way better than I expected. Everything I tested was several years newer
than the main components of this rig, so to see it plow through most of the games with
ease was fantastic. It goes to show how well-designed the i7 and
the 4870 were; or maybe just shows how much the 7th console generation held back PC gaming. Sadly, for general use, the dog-slow hard
drive and lack of RAM drag down the rest of the system. I’m going to fix that in a future video,
because this PC has so much more to give. For now, thanks for watching, and I’ll see
you next time.

85 thoughts on “The 2008 PC Revival (ft. i7-920 + HD 4870)”

  1. Have you thought about maybe measuring the width of the heatpipes, finding a correct size drillbit, and drill holes for the heatpipes to pop through the plexiglass sidepanel window?

  2. I'm still running my X58 platform. Currently with a Xeon X5675 (6C/12T) CPU running at 4.6GHz (custom watercooling). It's still plenty fast, no problem keeping my GTX 1070 running at full pace.

  3. I have that exact same cpu cooler and problem with it. I actually ended up just drilling some holds in the side panel just so it would fit. looks awesome too.

  4. I remember I did the same thing with a rig that a buddy of mine found on the side of the road except this one is from 2006 and the only thing it had missing was the graphics card, so I was able to find a GTX 285 1 gb to stick in there which it has an AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+ with 3 GBs of ddr2 ram and of course it runs XP, even though I think these specs are a little overkill for XP, probably more suitable for Vista or 7.

  5. 2009 would be more period-accurate. From what I recall the first gen Core iX processors didn't arrive until 2009 and I think Core 2 Duos and Quads were still the norm until then.

    Plus you can push these old motherboards and processors quite hard to the point they can run even new games quite confidently with some overclocking, lots of RAM, and a newer video card.

  6. Wow on my I5 7600K, 16gb, Rx460 4gb, 240gb ssd system I got this for a score on Cloud Gate! 17757-overall, 38689-graphics and 6137-physics! I can imagine how much more those components cost brand new at the release!

    My part prices I paid new between 2015-2017, Socket 1151 MSI H110 Pro $46.99, I5 7600K $229, 240 gb SSD 430mb/s read/write average speed $60 plus 2 additional 120gb ssd's $40 each, Sapphire Nitro RX460 4gbOC with Trixx utility $119.99, 16gb Geil EVO Potenza DDR4 2133 $82.99, PSU 500 watt EVGA 80+ Bronze $50, Cuboid B case $50, 240mm Liquid cooling $80, Windows 10 Pro oem builders edition $36.99!

    I luckily bought all my parts before the Mining price hike began, I do plan on upgrading the MB to a B250 chipset, they have come down to really decent prices, but if someone tried to buy these components they might not be able to get them for the prices I paid! And to think at one time before the KabyLake release I was going to but an older system and possibly a Xeon CPU!

    I love the video!

  7. Instantly subbed.
    I'm running a somewhat older i7 (2600) with one of the best motherboards available for it, and (Maximus v Extreme) and it holds up incredibly well paired with a gtx970 and 32gb of ram.

    I never felt the need to update my cpu/mobo until AMD got off their butts with ryzen and TR.

  8. lol i still have a core i7 920 on my rig almost a decade later but i have updated the ram to 12GB from 6GB and bought an R9 Fury . I can Run all games at 4K . Overwatch at Epic on 4k GTAv Runs 30fps+ with everything maxed out at 4k and doom runs smooth

  9. Is there a good place besides Ebay to buy old cases like that Raidmax? I have a couple oldies but I would love to, one day, build my dream-PC-When-I-First-Got-Into-PC-Building in of course in an XClio A380.

  10. Still rocking my 920!! Needs to be overclocked to keep up with my workload, but I still got about another year left before I need to build a new rig. She's not the best for gaming, but still works as a CAD workstation.


    i bought a pc in 2008 with a dual core e7400. i had this pc till 2015 with some upgrades over time. in 2015 i bought a i7-920 and a x58 pro-e it was a great. but i dont have it anymore. i build a new pc some months ago

  12. Agood friend of mine stills uses a i7 920, Rampage III Extreme mobo and 6GB of RAM today. Two years ago he bought a R9 390, but until then, he rocked a 5850.

  13. THIS is why I'm still using my 2010 PC build (i7-920 CPU). And it overclocks to almost 4GHz. But my 2017 PC replacment build will either be a 7700K on sale after Coffee Lake releases OR a 8700K if 7700K prices hold strong until the end of the year. Either option will be a dead end when Ice Lake releases one year later in 4Q 2018.

  14. This was pretty much my rig in 2010, although my GPU was the HD5870 which served me well until early 2016 when I bought an R9 390. Worked awesomely even with the i7 920 @ 3.8GHz.
    I still have an Asus P6T Deluxe in my rig, but I switched to a Xeon X5660 last year and this chip can manage almost 700MHz more than the old i7 did.
    If you ever have time, try benchmarking an overclocked Gulftown Xeon with a new graphics card, these bricks hold up surprisingly well even today.

  15. I'm still on x58 myself, running an Asus p6t deluxe v2, xeon w3690 @4.6ghz, 12gb ddr3 1600 and a fury x, plays any game on ultra 1080p / 1440p, not bad for a platform released almost 10 years ago

  16. That bring me back. I an almost identical machine that I upgraded and finally decommissioned over the years. I used an antec full tower case instead. All the parts are still pretty functional, just got antiquated. The i7 920 did really hold up well though for way longer then I ever expected. At the end it was paired up with gtx 670, and still playing modern games at max settings. The 4870 (as well as the 4850) were value kings, but with the nature of pc gaming did not last as long (they didn't die, I just had to replaced them as I upgraded).

  17. Used a phenom x6 from 2008 or 9. Used it till this years march. Almost a decade. Guys That was the best time for gaming. Burnout paradise, darksiders, prototype assassins creed etc

  18. proud user of an i7 920 on an asus p6t deluxe v2 motherboard with in theory 12gbs of ddr3 1600mhz (2x2gbs are sadly dead)
    with a gtx 680and a ssd it is still quite nice to play on

  19. I am hard pressed to find a CPU, any CPU, as resilient as the i7 920. I still own my i7 920. I purchased it brand new with a Rampage II Extreme and 6GB DDR3-1600 Corsair (that was pretty much the gaming spec back in the day). I use the same Hyper 212 cooler, but my version is the one with twin 120mm fans. That CPU overclocked all the way up to 4.2Ghz (200×21) solid as a rock and it has been running like this for nearly a decade now. It ran that with a X-fire HD4890 setup. In 2013 I changed my 4890's for a single HD7970 Ghz edition and also added another 6GB of DDR3 (I was fortunate enough to find someone selling a kit exactly like the one I was using, so no memory mismatching, and good thing these X58 mobos came with a good 6 dimms). I remember the very first game I played with the then new card was Tomb Raider (played awesome and I finished the game at fullHD with all bells and whistles). A few years ago I built a whole new 5930K machine with a 295X2 and I kept my 920 as a secondary machine (it's currently in my living room). Recently I swapped the GTX 1080 (from my main machine) for a 1080Ti and put the 1080 in my 920 just to be able to give it some "4K juice", since I have a 4K TV to go along with it. I also swapped the aging WD Caviar Green's for a 1TB 840 Evo SSD some years ago and the machine is snappy as hell running Windows 10. No way on earth someone can tell that's nearly a decade old. So yeah, i7 running @ 4.2Ghz for a decade, 12GB of DDR3, 1TB of SSD and a GTX1080 and the thing rocks for 4K gaming (I use it to play PUBG @ 4K in my living room). This year, however, is time to say goodbye. I will be doing a lot of traveling and I will take both machines. My 5930k is going for a heavy diet (switching to a Micro ATX mobo and changing my massive 70 Liter Obsidian 750 case to a much smaller 33 Liter Carbide M2 case, compact, but still big enough for both my WC systems). The 920, however, will have nowhere to go, since I am building a second mini ITX machine (probably going to make it with a 7700k) and there are no such options for the 920. When my new machines are ready and running, they both combined will occupy less space and weigh less than a SINGLE of my current ATX builds. My ITX setup will be only 15 Liters big, so both my cases combined will account for less than 50 Liters (that's the average volume for your regular mid-size ATX case). I had a lot of fun with my 920, but I guess times roll, and for me the form-factor bug has hit hard. I hope it brings someone else as much joy as it has brought for me.

  20. I just put together a P6T a few months ago that was sitting in storage. Using it to run some mundane tasks with windows 10. It works swell.

  21. so looks like a 10 year old PC can still run games I have a buddy with the same CPU but he has a 780ti the only game he runs that has issues is PUBG (optimization obviously)

  22. If you haven't already seen it, I've done a followup video of sorts where most of the components get upgrades:

  23. someone i know has the exact same rig but with 16 gb of ram. i was surprised how a 10 year old gaming machine could run games easily without aa and also maxing out games like dead space 3. well lets just say that the i7 920 is really good.

  24. My 4890 died less than 2 years after i bought it. Even though most parts are replaced, got an ssd, new hdd, replaced 4g ddr3 with 8g kit, new case and cooler (this was replaced multiple times) and gone through a few "cheaper" vga that died on me i ended up grabbing an R9 280x (brand new) for half the price of a 4GB 1050 (non-ti) before the miner fewer.
    The cpu (i7 920) mobo (ex58-ud3r) and psu are the same since 2009 Q1.

    Nearly a decade, and only now im starting to feel like i should replace it for something new. Mainly because i can't even use my ssd to it's full capability.

  25. This pc is being held back likely from hdd and the gpu. The radeon 4870 was an excellent card for 2008, but 2009 on the other hand was the major die shrink year along with architectural changes and the first dx11 compatibles gpus. So a top end radeon 5000 series could match really well with that cpu. Heck there are a lot of videos if these first gen i5/i7 cpus pairing well with cards even as good as a modern 1050ti and sometimes gtx 1060 depending on the title.

  26. I have a similar era PC, but one with an AMD Phenom x4 9650 CPU with a GTX 285 1 GB graphics card, and an Intel 180 GB ssd with 4 GB ddr2 ram. It actually now performs very well in Windows 10.

  27. Lmao I'm building in this case rn as a hand me down from a cousin to make a usable backup budget rig in my parents house with a Xeon E5 1620 + 16GB 1600MHz RAM + GTX 960 2GB. It's using a hyper 212 as well and ran into the height issue you did…well, just used a metal file & basically sawed off all 8 of the copper pipe nubs and now it fits! Heh

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