My first computer build, mostly scrapped from an old LGA775 PC we had that died (RIP my old Intel D975XBX2). Intended as a multipurpose machine, mainly for moderate to heavy gaming use and the occasional GIMP/Krita shops. Over time I plan to upgrade it, but since building it I haven't the funds to make many changes for the time being.
Old, but gold. Can still handle most games despite its age and can take up to a GTX 1070/RTX 2060, but loses out to anything above the i7-3770/R3 1200 or higher, even with OC.
Excellent cooler for the money, even compared to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Though I used the included paste in the box, I can still maintain an overclock of about 4 GHz on my 990x and get under 70C with an AIDA64 pass or two.
A solid enough board. Overclocking is less than easy on these old Gigabyte mobos, and I overpaid for this one due to a lack of good local deals. ASUS x58 motherboards like the P6T or Rampage III are much better. That said, it has a beefy VRM and lots of PCIe slots.
A good value kit of DDR3. once again, I overpaid compared to this kit's price now, but it gets the job done.
Same as the kit above, but one stick instead of 2. Bought this one due to x58's triple-channel memory instead of dual or quad on modern platforms.
The drives i'm using here are actually SATAII-based, so much slower than even SATAIII HDDs. They came from the original build, as my Windows install was on them with all my files.
If you can find them for a good price, GTX 660s are around the same performance of the 750Ti, but don't overclock as well. this EVGA SuperClocked edition has a terrible blower cooler on it, so temps are less than stellar. May require a thermal paste change, That said, it still performs well in older games at 1080p, but newer titles will see frame drops/stuttering over Medium settings.
I love the way this case looks, and how much airflow it gets; but its age is catching up with it. Has almost no cable management, save for the newer models that have a few holes to the right of the motherboard tray. Again, due to its age, there are no dust filters that come included. the 200mm fan on the top is nice though.
Solid power supply, would consider buying again for another low-to-midrange build like this. Only thing I wish it had was slightly longer SATA cables, but that could just be due my case's huge inner compartments.