Had a good college buddy call me up complaining about the economy and how tough it was to find work. He replied that it would be easier if he had a computer, at which point my head exploded. MY friend...no computer?! This absolutely would not do. I set out on my mission to build him the absolute best, top notch, most modern and powerful supercomputer I could assemble ...with stuff I had laying around my shop. I had all this in stock already, new stuff has a price on it and anything I pulled from a donor I considered..."free." I tried to use the "hardest to sell items" on my shelves, as I would have to move them at some point.
Notes - Under no circumstances purchase this case, i think the interior was made by Ginsu and there is really nowhere to hide cables. Other than that, oh wait, it has no fans either...which ruins the budget price (Rosewill has a similar case with 2 fans, looking back i would have grabbed that.) But other than that it's a perfectly fine item.
The cooler had been banished to my box of anger...where I keep computer goods that have caused enough frustration to earn their place there...because the Intel install method is horribad and terribly engineered. Installing it on AMD, rather, was actually quite refreshing EXCEPT ...the mounting options have the fan facing the bottom of the case or the top, with no side alternative, at least not with the hardware remaining in the box of anger.
I had a dream of using an IDE DVD/RW drive, which was banished when I realized that the AM3+ board didn't have an IDE port, gee, imagine that. So I swapped a sata drive out of a computer that DID have an IDE motherboard port. Problem solved.
I'm not sure where the hard drive came from, it may be army surplus, but more likely a pull from the graveyard that is my store. Just to be safe, I nuked the drive with my Aleratec HDD cruiser (it clones AND securely erases! it's good to pick one of the two however.)
The coolmax power supply was ticking before I even plugged it in, which seemed odd, and it seemed to have some sort of countdown timer on it, but I couldn't make out the numbers. I'm sure it's reliable however.
God bless OEM copies (Dell branded) of Windows 7
And God bless you...for reading this mess.