Three years ago I purchased my first desktop computer for the purpose of playing Starcraft 2. I had recently saved enough money from my first real job and was eager to spend it. As a result, I bought a computer from a popular computer builder website without doing any research prior and ended up making some... poor part decisions. Don't get me wrong, I was happy with the computer I got. This rig has taken some abuse over the years (Long hours of operation with no down time, hot Florida summers and several moves), but still runs pretty well.
Here are the specs when it was purchased in 2011 (feel free to groan):
-AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black 3.2 GHz quad core CPU
-Asetek 510LC 120 mm CPU water cooler
-Asus AMD M4A77T/USB3 Motherboard
-EVGA NVIDIA GTX 465 1.25 GB GPU
-Corsair Dominator Ram 8 GB
-1.5 TB SATA II Hard drive
-X-Dreamer3 Blue LED display / window
-Xtremegear 700 Watt power supply
I recently built a new computer (this time I did my research and built it myself), making my original computer obsolete. Instead of selling or donating the original computer, I decided to spend a little to upgrade it with newer parts. I kept the CPU and GPU. Instead of gaming, this computer will be used for general work use, internet browsing and netflixing.
-The prodigy M case just looked plain awesome (I prefer the AMD chipset so I am no stranger to irrational fandom)
-Wasn't really into keeping the Asetek water cooler so I went with the Cooler Master 212 EVO
-For memory, Corsair makes decent RAM that's cheap and efficient
-SSD makes for a fast boot and quick saves for large MS documents and presentations, additional storage for music and movies
-The stock fans that came with the case were very quite (impressively so) and though I hate LED fans with a passion, the way the 200 mm fan was mounted, the case makes a very satisfying soft red glow emanating from the bottom of the case
That's about it, thanks for looking!