I did that upgrade myself. Same cpu.I'm in complete agreement that PC hardware innovation has slowed greatly, but I've been tempted a few times during the pandemic to get a Ryzen 3000/5000 series to replace my Haswell setup. What I'd give to have many more cores than my i5-4690k to blast away at Handbrake ~ £475 for the platform upgrade seems a bit steep though.
I've done a few upgrades lately to my own PC (TN to IPS, DVDRW to BR writer, 1TB HDD to 4TB HDD) which were mostly necessary, and I keep putting off a PSU upgrade (I really would like something much quieter but I don't 'need' it).
That is dead on for me as well.Honestly I feel like it's too easy nowadays which makes it less interesting for me. I haven't had a problem in a long time, basically just put everything together and it works. When the hardest thing about building a PC is actually finding the parts to buy it's not all that exciting.
Yeah the ridiculous scalping just makes it so tedious. Honestly I've just been upgrading way less (was almost 5 years before i upgraded to my current PC) and buying parts towards the middle or end of lifecycles instead of trying to buy new series when they launch. I got a 2070 super like 6-7 months before the 3000 series launched, everyone was waiting for the new series so I got a superclocked EVGA card for less than MSRP.That is dead on for me as well.
The whole mining related shortages (which first really began in 2017) might have been the beginning of me getting out of regular upgrades. The pricing and availability during the mining booms are insane. $2000 for a consumer GPU? Power supplies selling for 2X the regular MSRP? No thanks.
And I really hate how all the retailers handle the scalpers/scripts. Most places don't allow users to place orders when the item is on backorder. This would be the most fair way to ensure regular users to get a component, as the stock would go to users in the order it was placed. The retailers then could run their little algorithms to weed out people buying multiple cards with the same credit cards, addresses, etc.
Now the only way to get pretty much any video card (even low-end cards like the GTX 1050) is to be on the website the second the stock goes live, and hope you're faster than the scripts before it sells out in 5 seconds.
Boring, yes. Kinda nice in a way, easy on the checkbook. Btw what is a checkbook anyway?
The fun of setting IRQ, base memory, and DMA with jumpers or DIP switches. Adding the first SoundBlaster card.Used to play with PC's....began, much like MtnMan, way back in the late '70's. First I built was early '80's....8088 cpu.
Still remember DOS 2.2 upgrade coming out to much anticipation, then 2.25. Rewritting the autoexec.bat and config.sys files to make sure you didn't run out of low level memory, etc.
Fast forward to today...I've built pc's in the back of a car, being driven down the interstate. Parts just fall into place...no chips on the motherboard to put in/take out for cache config/expansion, no dip switches to get set correctly.
Even so, the first computer in the home was in 1978 (under the guise of a birthday present for my 5-year-old daughter). It was an Atari 400, and it went through a number of 'enhancements' after that, all things I had to adapt to make work. Yea, my daughter actually got to play games on it. If you need a program to actually "do" something, you had to write it yourself, in Basic.