Unless I sell a build, it is never completed! This is my main rig I use it for everything. Last upgrade made in March 2014.
**Note: all prices include everything: taxes, shipping, etc. I live in Quebec, Canada.
CPU: At first I had an Athlon II 250 3.0 GHz and then a Phenom II x4 955BE and now it's this 6-core beast. Slower than the 955BE So in the end it was a downgrade since I don't use 6 cores that often.
cpu cooler: I love Noctua. They are ugly as **** but they work so damn well and operate silently. Push-Pull with heat being directed upward into the top exhaust. Computer sits in a super tight cabinet with little fresh air. Very harsh for any computer.
RAM: At first I had 4gb of 800MHz that could do 444-12 (CL4) but the mobo wouldn't want to set it up for me. I tried to adjust manually but failed, too many settings in bios for my brain. **** that. And then I added more pc2-6400 ram up to a total of 8gb.
mobo: This one has everything I want! I was supposed to have another board at first (gigabyte), had major problems with it, cursed the entire world for my problems while I discovered MUCH later that I had faulty ram stick. silly me. It has dvi, hdmi, vga, onboard graphic, ide, pci, 5 sata, RAID, 4 dimm slot and all of it on a micro-atx pcb.
storage: at first I had a 60gb ssd but went out of space rather quickly. So I gave the 60gb to my girlfriend and got a new 120gb. When I bought the 640gb drives they were the best price/gb ratio at the time (2011). And then I needed more space so I bought 2 more 2tb drives. Note: 2x640gb and 2x2000gb in RAID 1 config; 2 sets of raid 1. I am paranoid with data loss. My NAS has 2 drives in RAID 1 as well.
GPU: onboard graphic is okay if you don't play games. At first I had this nice fanless HD5570 that I have upgraded in March 2014 to the GTX750. Wow, I love that card! 65w TDP, no need for extra power, works very well, BF3 runs so smooth. I prefer BF3 over BF4.
case: I still don't love it. I bought the Apex TX-381 only to realize it doesn't have enough room for my needs. So I went to a local shop and bought a demo case (only 10$ off, what a ripoff). I didn't want ugly space-age **** that want to look like random wannabe modded case. I was looking for a plain case with plenty of room. Cable management suck big time in that one. Even after all these years I have a hard time loving the case. No hate, but no love. Maybe I'm too picky, maybe it deserves some positive thoughts. No sharp edges, that's positive.
PSU: at first I had a thermal take 430w but had to replace the 400w for my girlfriend so I decided to replace mine as well. Went with the 500w, didn't have time to shop for better quality or anything like that. Limit was 1 per customer so I got 1x430w and 1x500w. That was BEFORE I read that thermal take might not be as good as I thought they were.I really thought it was a good brand for a psu!
OS: I bought many win7x64 over the years, this is just one of them.
Case Fan (front/rear): 1 Cougar vortex (Turbine 4 packs) 120mm and 1 Silverstone AP122 Black 120mm. I really love both. Silverstone, Noctua, Arctic Cooling, Cougar, Scythe, those are my favorites I don't buy other brands.
Not listed: Pinnacle Studio 9 with Input/Output board. I use it to transfer my 8mm tapes and stuff like that.
cables: the startech 15 inches 4 sata power is a life saver or a cable-mess saver. Also I didn't route the 4-pin power under the mobo because I really didn't want to unmount it. Call me lazy.
Final thought: that's it.
And for once I think this build is now COMPLETED. From 2011 to 2014, I've been running on DDR2 knowing I was pushing the limits a bit too far. It worked well, still works perfectly, but I may or may not make some changes on Black Friday so this computer could retire and/or stop being upgraded forever.