How bad is this $5000 PC from 10 years ago?

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  • Published: 05 August 2019
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    10 years ago, spending $5,000 on a PC brought you a pretty incredible experience.... but how has the last 10 years treated this EXTREME setup?

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  • Yumokaro 18
    Yumokaro 18  18 minutes back

    Linus, I didn't catch the part where you use your thermal glue and spreader on the cpus, unless i missed that part.

    • Denis Zudilin
      Denis Zudilin  51 minutes back

      I run 4k youtube on a q9650 clocked 4.0ghz it can run it in stock clock no problem

      • Get CTOwned
        Get CTOwned  8 hours back

        Fond memories indeed! I had a pair of 8800GTX's, 9800GTX's, GTX280's, 480's back when I used to build and OC. Even remember the awesome moment when overclocking a Q6600 to 3Ghz :-D My favourite chip from the pre i7 era was definateley the QX9650!

        • Muhlis E. G. Gürsoy
          Muhlis E. G. Gürsoy  12 hours back

          Upcoming Linus video in 2029:
          *The computer from 10 years ago. How horrible?*

          • Tad Ka
            Tad Ka  16 hours back

            He calls this old? I'm still running LGA775 with a Core2Quad CPU I built maybe 15 years ago.

            • THE_J _GAMER
              THE_J _GAMER  16 hours back

              Jerry rig everything 11:34

              • Smokr
                Smokr  20 hours back

                lol I'm still running my AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE with 8GB DDR2 on a GIgabyte ma770 all from 2008/2009 with a GTX 1050ti and SSDs. Still on the original power supply too. Used every day. It's my only rig besides the laptop. But the only game I play the last few years is Cities:Skylines. The only problem i've ever had was boot issues until I replaced the mobo battery.

                • THENOOBSUPER
                  THENOOBSUPER  22 hours back

                  If you want to close out a task after it crashes best way is to Windows+Tab and drag the crashed item onto another desktop "New Desktop" letting you open task manager.

                  • PugCraftPlays
                    PugCraftPlays  23 hours back

                    6:35 *sad Linus sounds

                    • Computerspieler64
                      Computerspieler64  1 days back

                      love the video, but i would have prefered to see games in 1080p since that is what i am using, dunno what the majority uses though. For me 4k is no useful performance reference.

                      • LP
                        LP  1 days back

                        I think this is not really representative of the "how bad enthusiast hardware was 10 years ago". From one side there were far worse boards, from other hand by the time of release D5400XS was kind of already obsolete. 2009 was literally end of life for 771 socket and we have both 1366 and 1156 coming into play in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In short this dual-CPU board with DDR2 and 771 is last kick for EOD product which got totally obsolete 1 year after release. Take for example my board (Asus Maximus III Extreme) which is now 9 years old yet totally modern board without any quirks, DDR3 up-to 2200mhz, USB3.0 out of the box, SATA3.0, 5x16 PCI-E 2.0, 4-way Crossfire/SLI and 1156 CPUs are relatively modern. It doesn't even need 2CPUs, special ram etc. Further i7 880/Xeon X3480 blows x9775 away... ok maybe not 2x x9775, but with DDR3 memory and more straightforward set-up real life performance is probably even better. Maybe only sign of the age is that it only takes max 16GB ram in 4 slots... recently started bidding on 32GB kits and realised my MB won't even take 32GB, but I was living just fine with 8GB until now, so 16GB will last me perhaps another 5 years. Even better example would be Asus Rampage II or III Extreme with 1366 socket (actually any premium X58 board) - much wider range of CPU available, especially Xeons and even more features from 10 years old board.


                        In summary... anyone who bought D5400XS in 2009 made terrible mistake, because within month S1366 was launched, DDR3 ram became mainstream and whatever was possible with S771 was blown away for 1/5th of the price in S1366 and soon after for even less on S1156.

                        • Stephen Faith
                          Stephen Faith  1 days back

                          I’m amazed that I spent about the same $$ in 2004 to build a computer as I did last month. Computers loose value by the time you build it, but it’s all for fun and I love it so😍

                          • Gaming For The Recently Deceased

                            My 9 year $2000 pc still runs and games at 80-100 fps

                            • Dave-A-Flav
                              Dave-A-Flav  1 days back

                              Tech so old, I thought I was watching NCIX Tech Tips

                              • Crig Hope
                                Crig Hope  2 days back

                                bathwater not included lmaooo

                                • raiden9151997
                                  raiden9151997  2 days back

                                  16:32 says they can't code an end task key. Forgets about alt+f4

                                  • killer_bee_chaotix
                                    killer_bee_chaotix  2 days back

                                    Lol I literally subscribed because of that shade thrown at 8:20

                                    • Piratekiller99
                                      Piratekiller99  2 days back

                                      Adobe Premiere is not a good benchmark because it was never optimized for that plattform. Premiere runs bad on unsupported plattforms

                                      • NCG
                                        NCG  2 days back

                                        Just proves that the latest hardware ages like milk in less than 4 years.

                                        • Dirk Stubbs
                                          Dirk Stubbs  2 days back

                                          Every time he inserted a RAM stick I cringed just seeing that motherboard flex.

                                          • Siren
                                            Siren  2 days back

                                            6:35

                                            • Tee Tub
                                              Tee Tub  3 days back

                                              I was thinking that 10 years old computer isn't that old but I remember that when comes to computer or electronics, since it's constantly evolving, even a 2-3 years old computer is kinda old...

                                              • Karatektus
                                                Karatektus  3 days back

                                                "by sitting through...." *hitting right arrow*

                                                • Dandin
                                                  Dandin  3 days back

                                                  When that motherboard bend I wanted to punch him

                                                  • Dadr
                                                    Dadr  3 days back

                                                    Thanks for the hilarious vid. Sadly, I was drawn in because I'm still using something pretty similar to what you set up. I'm still using a Mid 2010 Mac Pro as my main PC. I originally paid about $3K, and have upgraded over the years with a Radeon RX580 + dual 4K displays, dual Xeon 6 core CPUs, an NVMe SSD in a PCIe slot, and USB3.1 in another. Memory can go to 128G, but I've never needed more than 32. It's just shy of miraculous, but Apple provided a firmware update last year to allow booting from NVMe. Before this PC I used to buy a new PC or Mac every 2 years or so, and I have to say it was really worth it to invest in this rig and enjoy it for what's going on 10 years!

                                                    • SolarstrikeVG
                                                      SolarstrikeVG  2 days back

                                                      Are you going to go for the new cheese graters when they get cheaper?

                                                  • Nick Davison
                                                    Nick Davison  3 days back

                                                    I have a Phenom X4 95w 965 Black edition machine that is over ten years old and the old gem is still going strong, use it as a second machine now.

                                                    • smygig
                                                      smygig  3 days back

                                                      I would like to see him try it today when win10 do not support win7 drivers. I had to upgrade my 1gen i7 because there was no drivers to win10 just win7. The computer froze 1sec every 5sec.

                                                      • SolarstrikeVG
                                                        SolarstrikeVG  2 days back

                                                        Some W7 drivers do work on 10, it just depends.

                                                    • Michał Iwaszczyszyn
                                                      Michał Iwaszczyszyn  4 days back

                                                      Okay, but can it run Crysis?

                                                      • imhere solook
                                                        imhere solook  4 days back

                                                        it still works good

                                                        • stuligin dahooligan
                                                          stuligin dahooligan  4 days back

                                                          Ugh, I spent 1k Canadian in 2007 and still use it to play games. We all can't be rich.

                                                          • Gustavo Bragada
                                                            Gustavo Bragada  4 days back

                                                            i have a 10 years old notebook without battery and it stills working properly! of course, game experience isn't the best, as soon as my graphics card is integrated.

                                                            • Jamie Panetta
                                                              Jamie Panetta  4 days back

                                                              Uh, I'm typing this on a $1200 laptop that I bought in 2007...

                                                              • carson smit
                                                                carson smit  4 days back

                                                                still beter than my PC

                                                                • Quentin Els
                                                                  Quentin Els  4 days back

                                                                  Windows 10 driver issues.. Nah

                                                                  • Sebastian Kapfer
                                                                    Sebastian Kapfer  4 days back

                                                                    this was called skulltrail
                                                                    check this video out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chCa0XrmKaU

                                                                    • Alex Lübke
                                                                      Alex Lübke  4 days back

                                                                      o.O <3 _<3

                                                                      • WinssloW
                                                                        WinssloW  4 days back

                                                                        start your video by pressing pauze, and scroll to 10:45. Have fun!

                                                                        • Right Click Gaming
                                                                          Right Click Gaming  4 days back

                                                                          It would be cool to see it water cooled and overclocked as much as it could handle. Also Maybe so how well it could play in 1080p considering most people still use that setting. I it would be interesting to watch how you would decide to water cool both cpu's as well.

                                                                          • Mad Rabbit
                                                                            Mad Rabbit  4 days back

                                                                            I am wonder how it compares cost wise and performance wise to a modern 8 core system. Is there any value in building this rig or should it be left in the dust bin of history?

                                                                            • Harry Kyaw Tay Za
                                                                              Harry Kyaw Tay Za  4 days back

                                                                              Just buy a $5000 computer

                                                                              • SkyGamer
                                                                                SkyGamer  4 days back

                                                                                can it run minecraft?

                                                                                • Ramdany
                                                                                  Ramdany  4 days back

                                                                                  *scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7*

                                                                                  • Waragainstsleep X
                                                                                    Waragainstsleep X  5 days back

                                                                                    Seriously someone needs to slap Linus hard with a big book about ESD procedures.

                                                                                    • swahili ranger
                                                                                      swahili ranger  5 days back

                                                                                      Yeah but can it run Crysis?

                                                                                      • Desmond Ho Ho Ho
                                                                                        Desmond Ho Ho Ho  5 days back

                                                                                        Make that 11 years ago hehe

                                                                                        • Tyler L. Gibson
                                                                                          Tyler L. Gibson  5 days back

                                                                                          At 11:51 what exactly are you looking at that tells you the real time wattage output?

                                                                                          • thevinhimself
                                                                                            thevinhimself  5 days back

                                                                                            But can it run Fortnite?

                                                                                            • TechRyze
                                                                                              TechRyze  5 days back

                                                                                              Looks like the fails are from the SATA SSD, and the wins are from the Titan X.

                                                                                              It's not bad for it's age, but I put together a Core 2 Extreme 9650 for about £50-80 with 8GB DDR2 RAM a couple of years ago. It has an Nvidia 1060 in it at the moment (obviously more expensive, but not especially for this build), and it's fine. It couldn't stream GTA V properly for more than a short session. I guess there's a bottleneck accessing the SATA SSD.