Let’s begin with my old computer, a Q8200 workhorse for the past almost 4 years. To squeeze some extra life from it, I purchased a new SSD, Video Card, and a PSU (the ones in this list). So now, about ten months later and my games are demanding more, my ram is maxed out (4G DDR2), and my CPU likes to jump to around 60% or so. Well, as with most people in my case I had a decision to make. Wait a few more months, get more money get better stuff or to hit up sales through the year. So my first purchase was the SSD as my hard drive had crashed and I was using a loaned laptop drive to keep the system up. Now with the new drive installed, I started to have the idea of getting as much new stuff to place into this old system for two main reasons:
• It makes my gaming and work better for now • It lets me test the products I get on a stable machine instead of setting in a box for months losing the return period.
I went with the EVGA GTX660 Superclocked for a couple of reasons:
• It was far superior to my GT220 that was in it. • The price was sub 200$ which was my budget at that time. • And yes, the 7 series was not out yet.
The power supply had some really good reviews and I needed one for my new graphics card and was still on a budget at this point. I did not trust plugging in my GTX660 into an old box with a 400W generic power supply that was at least 4 years old. It has served me well so far, but I will probably upgrade it to a more reputable name brand one in the future.
So after having purchased those parts the next thing to hunt was a new home for these parts and the parts I plan to purchase in the future. The case, the thing you look at the most and the armor for your parts. I decided to go with the Thermaltake Chaser A71 for several reasons:
- It was new on the market, so I would be able to get replacement parts for the next little while.
- It was a full tower case, which I was determined to get after working in my mid tower for years.
- It has 3 200mm fans that are almost dead silent.
- It was, and one could say still is, one of the better looking cases on the market.
- Has a ton of really neat features at a good price point.
So after going through the summer scraping by on funds, and getting debt paid down and all that fun stuff we do before Christmas shopping season approaches. Thanksgiving approaches! Huzzah! This is my chance to get more goodies right! Wrong, a series of unfortunate events caused me to not have the funds for much of anything during the tech discount holiday extravaganzas. I was able to pick up the RAM thanks to a new egg email blast promo. Optical drive was a simple what is the lowest price, great, thanks, don’t use them anyway. The motherboard was purchased online from Microcenter, I have been looking at these MSI boards for quite some time. They seem to give you the most features for their price points so I was set on getting this one. Just had to wait for the right sale, and hope that might wallet would fall into place as well. Finally got that on sale and was happy. And pretty much on that same day I got the notification for the Corsair Hydro H100i was below my price point. So having the funds I purchased it, with a bit of reluctance. You see I have been going back and forth between liquid and air, Thermaltake or Corsair. So the decision came down to two things, warranty and aesthetics.
So now with the cooler and motherboard on the way it was time to choose a Haswell processor. It was a hard choice for me to make, as anyone can attest to, because you never know what you will be doing in the future. As of now I mostly game on my computer, and do a little bit of work stuff. But what if I started to code at home? What if I become a YouTube or Twitch TV sensation? Thoughts like this raced through my mind during this decision process. What it came down to as I was hitting the place order button was this. It’s only a few more dollars for a processor that would help give me piece of mind for the “future proof” aspect that one always tries to achieve. So the core I7 4770K was from TigerDirect, of course after all of the good sales have ended. But I got one for sub three hundred so I’m content. And for those of you wondering the closest Microcenter is four hours away.
Thoughts: I defiantly need a full modular power supply. Cable management took a lot longer than anything else. Otherwise it was a pretty smooth build.
Update: Purchased an EVGA SuperNova 750G