Well, I finally did it. It's been 2005 since I had a new computer, and pre-2000 since I had anything with respectable performance. The first picture is what I'm upgrading from. An old pos Pentium 2 Duo core that struggled to run anything on minimum graphics. I am a gamer but sometimes you just gotta go with what works, and for years the ole HP from BentBuy worked. Anyways I recently came into a little extra cash and decided it was time to get up to speed, and after about 2 weeks of endless product reviews and comparisons and articles, this is what I went with.
As I said I am a gamer so I was looking to get a system that could run my favorite games (SimCity, Civ V, Majesty 2, C&C Zero Hour, and many other cheesey titles that need no mentioning), anyways, with a background in things PC, I was looking for long-term; something I can get that will last 5-7 years before an upgrade "might" be needed. If I can get 10 years out of this or more I'd be tickled.
I'm not interested in OC'ing since I want max life. As of right now my MB is at 24C/75F, CPU @ 26C/78F, and CPU Speed at 3700.00 MHz. I was waiting until the additional case fan and SSD bracket came to finish and publish my build, however I have not yet run and benchmarking programs yet (any suggestions?).
I will be doing a review of each item on Newegg/Amazon, so you could read more info on each piece there. The only thing I would mention here is that I had ZERO problems putting all of these pieces together. Everything went in just fine, seated nicely, and once I got to that fateful pressing of the power button - everything started right up, no dr.debug code, and away she ran.
I appreciate any comments and/or suggestions. I was shooting for quiet and low-key since it sits 6 feet from the couch and the girlfriend doesn't want to hear fans going lol. Also, I owned the monitor prior to this purchase, around $1500 all done and over, fantastic performance so far!
Took some notes regarding shipping and ordering, here's the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Wedge_O_Witz/saved/2USV
EDIT: I just wanted to add that I don't use this machine for gaming purposes only. I do a lot of web-surfing, plus I tinker around with photo and video editing. I've also been interested in geocashing and 3D modeling, so this rig allows me to do anything, not JUST play any game with maxed graphics (though when I do game it looks damn pretty! Assassin's Creed: Black Flag that came with the 770 is absolutely stunning visually.)
Also, the first pic is a BentBuy special: HP Media Center PC m7674n - (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz, Asus P5BW-LA Motherboard(Basswood), GeForce 7300LE - tell me I didn't need an upgrade!)