I have started rebuilding my old pc that I purchased in 2007. At the time of the purchase it featured the following parts:

CPU: Intel Duo E4500 (this is still in use right now and it's doing a fair job waiting to be replaced by the new Haswell I7 or I5, depending on the prices)

Motherboard: ECS 945GCT-M2 V1.0

RAM: 2 X Generic D2-1G667TE PC5400 DDR2-667 1GB Memory, OEM.

GPU: GForce 8500GT 512MB DDR2

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM (also i am still using this HDD and it is amassing it has lasted so long, almost 6 years now)

Case: I don't actually recall but it was a very cheap and ugly case that came, if I remember correctly, with a 450W PSU included (see the first 2 photos)

Wifi Adapter: D-Link DWL-G132

Monitor: Acer P223W - The VGA only model (all thou this monitor was purchased around the time I purchased the pc, so 2007 it is still dooing a good job, nice colors and good response time, nothing fancy about it, it obviously don't support 1080p, has only 1 display port and that's a VGA, and if there is something I really dont like about it its that during sunny days its a little hard to see because it is glossy, I am still not sure if I will change it anytime soon)

So this was my original build I purchased back in December 2007, but in September 2011 my GForce 8500GT started acting weird and soon I started seeing artifacts and couldn't run anything with 3d anymore. Soon after my motherboard failed too. At the time a had almost 0 knowledge about hardware and i went to a local store in Italy near home and bought the following parts:

Motherboard: DFI Lanparty LT X48 T3RS (If I remember well it costed about 50 to 60 euros)

RAM: 1 Stick of TwinMOS 9DSEBNZB-TATP 4 GB (30 euros or so)

GPU: NVidia 8400 GS (50 euros or so)

PSU: AXP 500W - AXP-500P12P (I remember this costed about 50 euros and i later found out it a lousy PSU, there is even a YouTube video showing it blowing up on a 350W or so load, it seems thou that i was lucky enough and got a decent one because until my XFX PSU arrived I used the AXP and never had any problem even with the GTX660 installed)

Case: NZXT Gamma (I paid at the time somewhere around 70 euros, really not cheap at all, but looking back now it may be the only decent thing I bought then. I still use it and I kind of like it, I am not thinking on replacing it anytime soon, also I have seen some good reviews on YouTube about it)

Later that year I purchased the Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G 4GB module as well bringing the system to a total of 8GB.

This year I started updating my pc again, and since the old computer was still working I didn't have to hurry to buy anything so I started to research and this is what i got so far:

Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade): I was lucky enough to buy this update from a Windows Starter edition for just 29,99 euros, I didn't like it very much in the beginning but now I got used to it and I even started to like it.

GPU: Asus GTX 660 - GTX660-DC2-2GD5 I purchased it in April and the price was 231,00 euros and the main reason I went with this one was that I saw a review on YouTube made by Nicolas11x12TECHX comparing it to the GTX 660Ti and it convinced me not to spend an extra 100 euros for just a little more performance that the Ti would give. Also I went for the Asus brand because I want to buy the ROG Gene motherboard and I think it will look good in regards to the color scheme. I was thinking of going for the GTX 670 but I didn't have the money at the time and I think if it really comes to not being able to play a game with my GTX660 I will buy another one and go for SLI) Review link:

SSD: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" SSD I purchased this a few days ago after viewing and reading some very good reviews about it in the CustomPC UK magazine (issue June 2013 so this month) and NewEgg YouTube chanel, it is not one of the fastest SSD you can find but the price vs performance ratio it is very very good. The price in Italy was 161.86 euros. Review link:

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM (WD10EZEX) I went for this one since the last WD Blue lasted for 6 years and never had a problem. This is enough to convince me...

PSU: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (P1-750X-XXB9) I got this one because i saw some very good reviews mentioning XFX (that appears to be the Seasonic sister company) It is semi-modular and has a 80+ cert. It may seem like a overkill but as i understood the case and PSU are, more or less, the most future-prof parts you can get... and since I am having thoughts of dooing SLI in the future, I think its a good deal. The price was 104.14 euros. Review link:

Fan: Nilox 120X120MM [03NX0312SB001] Since the NZXT Gamma case comes with only one rear fan but has room for an extra 5 fans I purchased this cheap (6.50 euro) fan to place it in the front for intake. I plan on adding another 2x120 mm Corsair SP120 [CO-9050005-WW] on the top of the case. I saw good reviews about them and I like them because they also come with a red, blue and white circle that you can choose for the color scheme.

In the following 2 months I plan to buy the new I5 or I7 Haswell CPU (depending on the prices) as well as a compatible ROG Gene motherboard.

For the CPU cooling I will go for the NZXT Kraken X40 (hoping that it will support the Haswell socket). I decided to go for the Kraken based on the CustomPC UK Magazine reviews where the compared a few of the newest models (unfortunately my NZXT Gamma doesn't have enough room for the dual size radiator on the top)

RAM, I would like to buy some Corsair Dominator Platinum probably 8 GB, I didn't actually research a lot into the RAM for now, but I sure like the way they look.

So that's all guys, if you have any questions or suggestions I would be more than glad to hear from you.

P.S.: The first 2 photos are from 2011, I really don't remember why in the photo there is a Cooler Master box, I guess I purchased a CM PSU and inside the box was the AXP PSU, and I really think this is the case, but at the time I din't know the difference so I didn't notice anything wrong...

The last 2 are from a couple of days ago before I installed the new PSU, SSD and HDD. Will be back with more pics when the build is complete.

Update: I added 4 new photos with the PC after the PSU and SSD drive install, unfortunately I can-t find the HDD mounting brackets from the case anywhere, I don't know where I put them so for now I have retiered the old 320GB HDD until I will buy new mounting brackets.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

I enjoyed reading about your upgrade path and wish you well with your next upgrade.

I recently went from a Core 2 quad Q6700 to a Core I5-3570k. I must say it is amazing the speed difference for some applications and surprising at the lack of speed increase in others. I am sure you will experience similar gains / disappointments as well when you go to Haswell. Good Luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much for your comment, I really cant wait for the day my new CPU and motherboard will arrive. I am hoping to get the CPU, motherboard and RAM all together in one month, thou I am not sure what my wife will think about it :)))

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck with that. You are probably going to need it! :D

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm paranoid about working on flat, solid, clear surfaces. When I opened up your pictures and saw you have all those components laid out on carpet I almost had a heart-attack. Static heaven. I'm surprised you didn't burn anything up.

That said, if you jump to Ivy or Haswell from Allendale will be night and day. Tom's Hardware recently did a comparison between Ivy and Wolfdale and said the nicer Ivy Celerons were on par with the nicer Wolfdale Core2 CPUs.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe, yes I know you are right, but at the time when the photos ware taken I had no idea about static, now after a few month of research I learned the lesson. Just like you said I was very lucky not to fry anything.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Least you know now. But yeah, once you get a current or next-gen CPU you'll probably need new pants when you see what a difference it makes.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL i me too. my heart skipped a beat when I saw the hardware on the fuzzy rug.