Description

Reason for build: Medium gaming/performance and a fair amount of multitasking - mostly RTS & RPG, not so many FPS

Q9400 (2.66Ghz stock) stable @ 3.4

Memory (DDR2-800 stock) stable @ 960

My PC built in 2008 (i think!) and upgraded several times over the years.

CPU was changed because my E8400 didn't overclock very well, could get it to about 3.7 but even at 3.6, 3.4 or 3.2 it wouldn't stay stable. The Q9400 overclocked much better and I got it second hand for $60.

Rebuilt the stock water block with a custom top during CPU change due to a possible fault with the standard one. Removing and re-fitting the original block can cause the clear (perspex?) top to crack/split over time from the change in tension - mine looked good but since I was changing the CPU anyway...

Hard drives were striped (Raid 0) and this setup offered more space (1TB) and was significantly faster than the original 150GB WD Raptor I had.

The case wasn't my first pick by any means, but I got it for a steal, they were selling for about $379 retail at the time and since I was working in the industry, a supplier's decimal error (ordering 10x too many cases) meant I got mine for $180. Winner winner chicken dinner.

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Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

I love old builds, never took pictures of mine and I am so much regretting this. People should post more of these, don't get me wrong I do like seeing young people posting their first ever build and read how they struggled with it, however old builds have something magical :P. This build should still be able to play some games with that GTX560. +1!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

It's been sitting under the stairs half way around the world for six months but before I went overseas it ran BF3 at 1920x1080, full settings, full AA/AF without breaking a sweat, so yeah it still does ok :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing was a beast in it's day! When's the new build coming out?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've moved to Canada for a currently unknown length of time and surviving on a decent laptop but I'll be building a new NAS soon. Probably won't be building a new gaming rig for a little while, but who knows! :-) Thanks for the love.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

nice to see a older build running strong.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Why spend all the money on water cooling when a better CPU would reap ten times that?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the Armor LCS case for $180 which included the full liquid cooling setup. That's a 240mm radiator, pump, cpu block, hosing, fans and about 2L of coolant. Equivalent kits at the time were going for $150 easy and that's with a radiator half the size (and you still need a case..). Granted I spent a bit extra of the budget on that motherboard but it came with the Northridge water block fitted as well as that massive passive copper cooler. Don't forget, this was built when 775 was the platform of choice and since I got the CPU so cheap, I definitely wasn't complaining :-)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

gotcha. Just not sure how to feel about this build cuz it is old. Just looking at those prices..wow.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the prices are mostly from memory, plus the parts changed over the years but it has been and was still going strong until I had to leave it back home :-(

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

so cool. love it

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

rebuilding my first desktop pc from 2010 and upgrading it from the e5300 to the q9400 this will be my third build my personal rig is on the lga 1150 socket and my girlfriends is the 1151 socket i will say they are much easier compatability wise then what i am experiencing now. much respect to you old school builders I am still learning tons building has quickly become my favorite hobby.