I built this back in 2011. Built systems before but decided to go with gaming laptop (big mistake) so decided to go back to desktop PC.

On paper when I built this it would work as a good gaming system..when I got the parts and built turned out to be a AWESOME gaming system..much better than I thought. I had no problems, issues, nothing when I built it. When I hit the power button the system came alive and has never looked back.

The 3 monitors are held up by Ergotech stand which is very sturdy and moving/adjusting them is very simple/easy.

Now I am going to rebuild/update my system in 2019 (so much to choose).

Part Reviews


This CPU is..well.. there is no words for it. Maybe it is THE best CPU ever designed. Even today (2019) it still can run so many of the newer games (alas my GPUs are too old). I have it OC to 4.3 for some time now and the CPU just loves it.


Unfortunately about a few years in one of the sticks went bad so I have been just using 2x4 (8gb) which still is very good (if one of the other ones go out I will have at least a backup lol).


For 2011 time this was a great SSD (and really still is imho) just now (2019) that games have taken so much space/gotten bigger that 128 just dose not cut it today. I have not yet had any issues with the M4 and still is a great old SSD for just the OS for todays times.


Such a fantastic case. Very sturdy build which can hold a mAtx MB and still have space inside to move around for building/adding parts.


  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

i can recommend some mATX parts if you want. looking forward to the rebuild!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

By all means. more to put into that pot and see what comes out for a gaming system :) .

The more I look the more I am really leaning toward a 2070..yes yes the 1080/ti could work for now BUT I am looking down the tunnel not just the here and now (mostly looking at 1440 gaming and possible VR in the near future) and yes I know with my current system I will not get the full umpf of the 2070 but with the new rebuild..awee yes :)

Now Mobo wise..WOW so many to choose. I have almost always used ASUS mobo (looking at Maximus XI Gene, and TUF z390m Pro Gaming) BUT the MSI z390m Gaming Edge AC has also caught my eye. To me the Mobo is the 1st part i start at.

CPU wise yes i could go 8th gen (save a few) yet a few more $$ I can go 9th so might as well go the i5 9600k and the i7 9700k is 50/50 yet possible the i7 9700k MIGHT be the sweet spot for the 9th gens.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm going to assume this will be an overpowered mATX with ample funding. the 2070 is a great GPU for pretty much anything, so that should be fine. it seems you're leaning towards Intel, which does make good processors, but you could get more cores at a similar price in an AMD Ryzen 5 2600. if you do VR in the future, you need all the cores you can get. the AM4 ports are pretty popular as well, so that's a plus. motherboard wise, i'd go with the MSI B450m, which is pretty much the best mATX mobo i know of. it only has 2 DDR4 ports, so get 2 8GB chips. and get a 500gb Western Digital SSD. Cheap and captious. that's pretty much all i have to say.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I have done AMD once in the past (The one time I did not use a ASUS Mobo..I think the brand of the Mobo was horrible).. but I will look and dig in your suggestion :) .

And Yeah I really do not need 4 slots for DDR4..Happy with just 2. And I am eyeing a 500gb SSD (SSD are fairly cheap).

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Going with a AMD Ryzen 5 2600 build and went MSI itx board here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9a 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $25.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $121.90 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $484.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake - Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case Purchased For $48.15
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1291.68
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $1266.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-16 12:44 EST-0500

Thanks for the input (I have gone through so many redesigns of this system lol).

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! the basis of this system could be modernized with a new gpu and could still give several years of 1080p gaming!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL I gotcha. Yes I understand. Well I am wanting to do 1440 gaming. Plus I hate buying something to replace something that i just bought.

I also have thought of my old system and after I complete my rebuild is to just piece together a simple system so my fiance son so he could do some simple gaming etc.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

good plan. I have old parts that I want to use for my son who is 7.