My previous (and first) desktop was a Dell E520, hostname "Lyoko". 1 GB of RAM, 1.7 GHz CPU, and a 160 GB HDD. It's been long overdue for a decommissioning.

I use this machine for web development, programming, basic audio / video production, and StepMania. It runs beautifully and I have no complaints thus far.

Parts not shown in the part list (because I already owned them): CODE 104-Key MX Clear keyboard, Monoprice Over-The-Ear Pro headphones, Western Digital 2TB external HD, Transcend 128MB external SSD.

Part Reviews


This thing is easily the loudest part of the build, but that 5-year warranty is worth it.


Takes longer to turn on than the computer itself, but once it's on it looks great.

There's a paperclip shape molded onto the base, which apparently indicates that the base is magnetic, but it's kind of an eyesore for me.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks good.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw that you said the paperclip molded into the monitor stand was an eyesore. I have one of these monitors, with another arriving in a few days. I have it as my side monitor, so I'm rarely looking in that direction, so when I saw this review, I thought "wow that's a lot of bull it's not that bad." However, looking at your build (nice build BTW), I can definitely see where you're coming from. I like the feature of having a magnetic portion of the base, but the paperclip is kinda annoying, I'll admit, so I kinda just covered mine up with a fidget spinner aha.

Anyways, nice build, and happy coding (fellow programmer/web developer)!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! To be fair, I stopped noticing the paperclip pretty quickly after finishing my build. My bigger issue with the monitor is that after getting a second one, I immediately noticed the colors are different between the two, despite being the same exact model (and an IPS display, no less).

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. My colours seem to be the same, but I have a different middle monitor (and will have 3 different bottom monitors that are TN later on, aha), so the colour difference bugs me a bit, though it's not very noticeable most of the time (even whilst triple monitor gaming; all are IPS).