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Most of this, my previous primary desktop, has been together and running for the last four years. (I was gathering parts for about 8 months prior.)

CPU - Actually, this has been changed once, on a temp basis, for testing. I ran my 8320 in this for a while to validate the chip because the board I was going to put it in didn't post. I figured out what was wrong though, and dropped the 8120 back in here. So, here it sits.

Cooler - EVO? What's an EVO? :) Actually, I bought this at the same time as the original 8120 because I already knew the stock HSF was a loud POS. Not my first time at the AMD corral...

MB - Ok, here I screwed up some. I got this on SALE at Frys and and let those 4 big letters get the best of me. I found out about all the power phase issues way after I bought the board and had everything up and running, so as it still ran I decided to keep it... 31/2 years later, well here we are...

RAM - It's Corsair, it's been reliable (and the picture in the parts list is wrong, mine are actually blue) and it still works.

SSD - This isn't the original SSD; that was a Crucial M4 256GB that died and was returned to them under warranty. I had an Adata floating around for a Linux project that got pushed back so I used it as a temp. When I got a replacement M4 back from Crucial I swapped it in, so we're back to (almost) the OG config.

HD - I needed extra storage and I had bought 3 while they were still cheap so in it went. Most of the data is is now on my Netgear NAS, so this may eventually come out.

Video - This was a open box return at Frys which made it a little cheaper than new. Yes, I know I got lucky on this one. No, not sure if I'm going to upgrade it yet.

Case - The power switch died on the original Antec Three Hundred case, so I used the opportunity to move the crab into a new shell (a Corsair SPEC-02) and update the looks a little.

P/S - The original Corsair HX650w died after 7 years, so I swapped an Antec Edge 550w in as a substitute. So far it's been quiet and efficient.

ODD - Yes, I still have one. I still have DVDs and CDs, and I'm a little old-school about physical media. I still have and read actual paper books too. :)

OS - I'm still running Win 7 Pro on this. LXLE, Lubuntu or MInt w/ Cinnamon are other options since this isn't my primary game machine any more and I'm getting tired of Macrosuck forcing updates down my throat with the Win 10 install on the new box.

Sound Card - I had hooked up the onboard sound to the front panel jacks on the Three Hundred case and had a hiss in games I couldn't get rid of. This worked a lot better, so I left it when everything moved to the new case.

Fans - I decided on a little bling so I got the Corsairs. Too bad they turned out to be a little loud.

Monitor - Actually this is an Acer P244w, I couldn't find a listing in the part picker. See the (soon to be replaced) desk picture.

Interface Devices - Ok, I'm pretty much all Logitech ( I just got a new set of z333 speakers for this, they sound great.)

Yes, it's not the fastest computer in the world, but it has gotten me thru the last few years, and will, I hope go on for a few more. It sails along very nicely on the Linux distros I've tried so far, so that's just a matter of picking the DE and support I like best if I go that route with it.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Definetly good for just normal use. I like it +1

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks! I love that 4 years later, I have no regrets about how the system got spec'd out and evolved; it's still useful today. Even if I dumbed it down a bit by installing Office 365 on it. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I like builds with a bit of history behind them. Also, great pictures! Surprised the mobo wouldn't post with an 8320 though. Updating the BIOS didn't help?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, maybe I should explain a little better... I had bought the 8320 for use in another build, and the MB I bought to pair up with it wouldn't boot with it. To make sure it wasn't the brand new CPU, I threw it in this build for a bit. The problem with the new MB was a DOA BIOS battery; once I figured that out, the new chip went to the new MB, and the 8120 came back to this build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

oooooooooh gotcha =P

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Good cable management and I am a sucker for the 7850's. Such good bang for buck cards.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I know, right? it was a decent card when I got it, and for most day-to-day stuff (and some World of Tanks) it still is.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case. It's pretty good looking, but I wish it had better cable management

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I took a look at your build; not bad, but I had a couple of suggestions, so I left them there. The original case I had stuffed this hardware into had NO cable management, so this one is a lot better by that standard.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

IDK why I love that green RAM.... 7u7

+1!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh... Its actually blue,

It's Corsair, it's been reliable (and the picture in the parts list is wrong, mine are actually blue) and it still works.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I though it was green

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

S' ok... the LED strip is purple. ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and looks good too.

Thumbs up. +1