I was cleaning up today and thought I would post my build back from 2010. Originally it had a 1TB drive for OS and data, a ATI 4670 video card and a stock cooler all packed in a Antec solo case. Through the years I slowly swapped out or added parts such as the liquid cooler, SSD, more storage, better video card and a new case. I OC'd my 955 to 3.6 when I received my liquid cooler. I use this PC for gaming and school. It runs VM's just fine, runs AAA titles with little to no hi-cups and does everything else in between. Before I installed the SSD, I had everything on one HDD. It would take 4 minutes for the PC to start up. Since I installed the SSD, it boots up in less then 30 seconds. I think im to the point where im done upgrading. If anything, I would swap out a 1TB to a 2 or 3 TB. Other then that, im to the point where everything is working just fine for me. Hopefully she will last for years to come.
Please remember, this was built early 2010. I browsed through all my invoices and what you see is what I paid. For example, the RAM. Originally my PC only had 4GB when I built it. The first set cost $104. A year later on black friday, they were selling the exact same RAM for $50 which I jumped on.
If you got any questions or comments, feel free to post them. My ears are wide opened.
Note: The motherboard is a MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX Motherboard. It was not listed on PCPartPicker.