SORRY FOR MY POTATO CAMERA
This PC is my fathers, and it has served him well for the past 10 years. It has been upgraded when needed, such as when the GPU and PSU where replaced after both the units died. An SSD was added to speed up boot times and important programs.
After a while of learning about computers, I was curious about his specifications, and looked in dxdiag. I was aghast to learn he still had a very underpowered CPU and low amount of RAM for the tasks he does daily. I talked to him, and suggested upgrading the main components instead of buying and building a whole new computer. He agreed, so I selected the components I thought he would best utilize, and bought them.
Before Upgrading the specs are as follows:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
CPU Cooler: Zalman Copper Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe LGA 775
RAM: 2x1GB Corsair + 2x2GB Corsair
Storage: 250 GB Samsung 840 PRO, 2x320GB Seagate Barracuda, 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Audio: Creative Xi-Fi Fatality Sound Card.
PSU: Corsair TX-650
Case: Lian Li PC-777
These parts were added:
CPU: Xeon E3-1231: I chose this CPU because of the certain workloads needed for it, and its near-i7 performance for almost $100 less.
Motherboard: Asrock H97 Pro4: As I chose a Xeon, there did not need to be any room for overclocking, but it still needed to be a good quality board that won’t fail. RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill Aegis: 16GB of RAM. Perfect Stuff. Not beautiful, but works well!
After I opened up the side panel on the case, the dust was overwhelming. It had not been cleaned in a very long time. Every fan was clogged with dust as they had special “Dust Filters” that had not been emptied ever. The rear fan was intake, the front fan was intake, and there were no exhaust fans. On the GPU, CPU Cooler, Sound card, HDD’s and everything, there were thick layers of dust and dust bunnies everywhere. It looked as if a stick drink had been spilled on the case. To solve this sticky and dusty situation, I completely teared it down, and took everything out. Then came the cleaning, mostly with damp paper towels and wet cloths. Anyway, after it was cleaned, I assembled the new CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. After making sure they worked, I plopped it in the case, cable managed everything, and BAM. Except… I forgot to add in SATA power and SATA data cables to the DVD drives that replaced the IDE ones that were previously in there. Anyway, those got cable managed, everything got put together, and the PC booted nicely.
After plugging everything in, I just installed all the motherboard drivers, and went on my merry way.
Nearly everything I have learned about computers are from PCPartPicker and Carey Holzman, so I wanted to just thank the community here! I hope to be able to build my own computer soon, maybe when I am 15.
(Note: My formatting is quite bad, and The Audio card is not the exact audio card, but I could not find the exact card online.)