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So this is my current build. I've been upgrading and swapping parts since around early 2013. It was a replacement to a laptop which was a replacement to Core 2 Duo prebuilt which replaced a Pentium 4 prebuilt.

Here's the journey so far:

2013

  • 3770K
  • 8GB
  • 1TB HDD
  • GTX 770
  • 650W Rosewill PSU
  • 27” 1080p Asus IPS Monitor
  • Windows 8.1

2014

  • Added another 1TB drive
  • Traded my 770 with a friend for his GTX 780
  • Girlfriend bought me a 128GB Samsung 840 Evo

2015

  • Added some more hard drives
  • Upgraded to 16GB RAM
  • Girlfriend bought me the LG Ultrawide. I gave my 1080p monitor to her younger brother who I built a PC for.
  • Upgraded PSU to 850W Corsair. Gave my PSU to my younger brother
  • Added a second GTX 780 to drive the monster of a monitor
  • Same GTX 780 friend downsized his PC, sold me his SLI-compatible motherboard and Cooler Master Haf X
  • ******* fans galore
  • Upgraded to Windows 10

2016

  • More hard drives and another solid state drive. I think I had 6 HDDs and 2 SSDs
  • Upgraded to a GTX 1080

2017

  • Downgraded to a GTX 980 after selling my 1080 to a friend. Wasn’t gaming as much
  • Threw a 120GB mSATA SSD in. No, not an m.2
  • Upgraded to 24GB of RAM at some point after giving an 8GB kit to my younger brother. Definitely came in use when emulating Breath of the Wild.
  • Fiance bought me a Phanteks Enthoo Primo

2018

  • Year of the Linux Desktop

2019

  • Downgraded to 16GB RAM after trying to put the remaining 8GB kit into my wife’s PC I built for her. RAM wouldn't work in hers and wouldn’t work in mine after trying to put it back in. Oh well
  • Modest overclock on the 3770K to 4.2 GHz. Nice and stable
  • Found the Fractal Design Define R5 at FreeGeek Chicago for $40 yesterday, couldn’t pass it up

Here we are. 6 years down the line and still kicking. It’s served me well and I hope it continues on. I’d like to replace the HDDs with SSDs because they’re so cheap now.

I’d love to upgrade to the new AMD 3900X and a 5700 XT, but bills and ****. Maybe just the GPU at some point.

As for the OS, I’ve been exclusively running Linux as my main OS for over a year on my desktop and laptop. I have to say it was a great choice for me. Windows is just so clunky and invasive. Updates are a game changer on Linux. No broken installs, no forceful updates, and no restarting. It’s a lot more modular as well as being a lot more secure. As for games, Wine allows me to play games like the newer Battlefield’s at damn near matched performance to Windows, and Steam’s Proton has essentially allowed most of my library to run on Linux. I’ve been replaying the Witcher 3 and the performance is almost identical to Windows. There’s definitely its fair share of bugs, but I consider it a fair trade-off for a smoother, more secure, and less intrusive operating system.

Cable management is a solid "good enough".

I’m still really happy with my PC. It’s put up with a lot and most importantly, it runs Old School RuneScape really well.

Oh ya, the name should sorta explain itself. I weighed my PC when it was in the Phanteks case and then again when it was in the Fractal.

fin

Part Reviews

CPU

******* love this thing. One of the best investments I’ve made. Period.

CPU Cooler

Quiet and efficient. Easy to setup

Motherboard

Decent amount of features. The BIOS is easy to work with

Storage

Actually failed on me a few years back. But, the 5 year warranty was still active so WD sent me a new drive for free.

Storage

$70 for two of these on eBay. Gave one away

Video Card

GTX 980 is still a solid card and handles 3440x1440 like a champ

Case

After running my PC with it for an hour, seems pretty damn good, especially for $40

Optical Drive

It's a DVD drive, that's it

Monitor

My wife (then girlfriend) wanted to get me something nice for my birthday. She knew I really wanted an ultrawide but I wasn’t making enough at the time to reasonably buy one. A really generous and sweet gift. The monitor itself is awesome. No fancy syncing and it’s only 60Hz, but 3440x1440 is still absolutely stunning. People don’t realize how big these monitors are.

Keyboard

Bought this thing a little after I built my PC. The keyboard itself is great, but I’d like to eventually swap it out for a Das Keyboard 4 Pro. It’s got brown switches if anyone is wondering.

Mouse

I’ve had a handful of mice over the years but this is by far my favorite one. It’s a little funky at first, however, it’s a phenomenal mouse once you get used to it.

Headphones

Picked these up about two and a half years ago. They sound wonderful and fit so well. A great set of higher end headphones. I’d like to upgrade the rest of my audio setup eventually.

UPS

Fished this thing out of the dumpster behind and old job of mine. The office was being completely redone and things were just being tossed out. I guess this thing was bought years ago as a backup for a small local server like a week before CVS decided they wanted to rehaul the whole server situation. Brand new. The IT guy was going to use it for his sump pump, but he decided that me using it for my computer was a better use for it. It’s definitely saved my *** a dozen or so times when power gets killed. Apparently there is some monitoring software for it on Windows, but I never looked into if for Linux.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, fellow Linux user! Good build, I like the incremental history. Definitely still a solid performer even now.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity, what distro are you running? apcupsd is packaged for several distros, so you may be able to use that (I don't know if it's compatible with that exact UPS).

EDIT: Just saw the last photo, OP running Manjaro. There is this page from the Arch wiki...

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That's definitely something I'm going to check out, thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! That 3770k still has some life left in it, my son currently games on the non-k version paired with a GTX 1070 and most of the games he plays run easily at his monitor's native 144hz refresh rate @ 1080p.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

He's got a good CPU! I plan on putting it and the motherboard in a shadow box when I retire it