Originally this system was built 3 years ago and has served me fine for those years. However, with school, work and other activities, I just don't have time to play games anymore, so I'm selling the PC to my brother who will make good use of it (I hope, it's quite a beast). Of course, I did upgrade two key components in this PC to make this last for the next few years and I got very, very lucky.
At the time I built this thing, I had 4GB RAM and a GTX 560 Ti. Not too long ago I knew that with the upcoming games, I'll eventually need 8GB of RAM, so I waited for Cyber Monday and got the G. Skill snipers at the price mentioned, I'll save the original 4GB for another build that's coming soon. When playing BF3, I noticed gameplay was smoother once I upgraded the RAM haha.
The GPU is where I got very lucky. Just before Christmas, I was having fan problems with the MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC, so I figured I needed to send in the thing before I even think about selling this PC. The thing is, when your model is discontinued, the company (from hearing many stories) would replace it with a similar performing card. I thought they would have given me a GTX 660 since it was the closest, but they actually replaced it with a 660 Ti. My eyes were lit when I found that out and I was so excited to pop it in and take it for a test drive. Basically I paid $15 in shipping for a huge upgrade :D.
Let me tell you, going from GTX 560 Ti to the GTX 660 Ti Power Edition is like night and day. The games run so fast, look nicer and they feel much smoother now, I'm saddened that I have to sell off such a beauty. Since this PC was in operation for 3 years I had the courtesy to clean up this damn monster and made sure it looks brand new. My brother has no idea how powerful this thing is and I'm sure he'll be a happy camper when this arrives.
Oh and btw, I don't know where I left my CM 120mm rear fan so I stuck on the noctua instead haha, a little brown won't hurt.