Description

Well, I actually kept the box (case) and the power supply and the optical drive. That was the plan way back in 2009. I used to buy cheap cases and power supplies and decided to spend a little more and see if I could get something I could reuse while also having something nicer in the mean time.

Of course, parts from 2009 weren't all on the list, so here are the exact pieces I carried over with their 2009 prices:

Keeping:

My main goal was to have a computer that I could use for another 6 years. It gets used for some light graphics and office use, a little programming, and some gaming (Civ 5, Diablo 3, Skyrim type stuff).

CPU, Motherboard and RAM are from a Newegg combo deal (Thanks PCPartPicker). The CPU and RAM represent a significant step up from the old machine, but the motherboard isn't quite as nice as the old one. The old one was a Newegg Open Box, otherwise I wouldn't have chosen one quite as nice. Since 2009 I did bump the RAM up to 8GB, so I knew I wanted to start out with more than that with this new box. Other than that, it was really the Newegg combo that dictated exactly what I got. I did make sure that there was USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. The new specs are, of course, below.

Old:

Storage needs have never been huge, but I wanted to try a cheap SSD drive with this build. I started in 2009 with a 250GB drive and threw in an old 80GB drive when I started to run out of space a few years ago. This time I'll start with the 1TB plus the SSD and I plan on adding other cheap drives as needed. When I started this build I really wanted to do an additional 1TB drive and mirror them for a little redundancy, but I decided I would start mirroring off site instead for my backups. The new HDD is from Best Buy via Ebay from a post on /r/buildapcsales the SSD is from Newegg.

Old:

The graphics card is a little better than I normally buy, but another post on /r/buildapcsales sent me to gpushack where I grabbed a refurbished R9 270X for $130.00. I spent a lot of time looking at Tom's Hardware's Hierarchy charts for both CPUs and GPUs and then spent a fair amount of time comparing them at cpuboss and thier sister sites for GPUs and SSDs. I'm obviously not looking for the best performance for any of those. I'm really looking for the most bang for my buck.

Old:

I just got done ordering these. I'll add some more when everything is put together.

2017 update in case I ever look here:

  • added SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply that someone gave me
  • added SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 100406NT+4GOCL for $125 after rebate & Civ VI

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

for your purposes, 16 gb of ram is good future protection, but its overkill.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no way you could know this, but I like to keep a browser with a lot of tabs open on a second monitor while I have other things (typically Civ 5) running on my main monitor. On my current box, I'm using 5 GB of RAM before I start Civ 5.

Having said that, you're right that 16 is more that I need, and in truth I didn't even consider buying a single stick of 8 GB and moving 2 sticks of 2GB from my current (soon to be old) machine. Can you do that? Or do memory speeds/size have to be symmetrical across all DIMMS?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

They need to be the same if you plan to run the 2 sticks of 2 in dual channel. if its a slower ram speed i would slow down the 8 gb to match. either way you've got a good set of ram. i just was saying its overkill for now.