So this computer started its life as a Dell Precision T3500. Not something most people would consider a gaming pc but had some decent potential. It came with 12 gigs of 1333 ram and 3.2ghz W3670 hexacore! O and did i mention is was free...FREE. So I gladly took it and put in a 750Ti at the time and enjoyed 2 years of mild gaming on older titles.
Recently i wanted to play newer games. 2015 titles and found the 5 year old Dell really didn't wanna hold its own so I knew it was time to change things up a bit. Did some comparisons and found that a 4th gen i5 everyone was recommending really wasn't that much more powerful than what I was running so I decided to scrap the dell and keep just what was good.
That left me with ram and a processor. Found a nice used Gigabyte ud5 used for 150 and it came with a functioning 920. Threw My cpu and ram in, got a free Zalman case through Amazon, ditched the 750Ti and picked up a 4gb EVGA FTW 960. Picked up a real power supply, not like the pos Dell decided to cram in there tower... A few extra fans with blue led to brighten up the build a bit, some nice SSD lightning deals from Amazon and I was in business!! O also picked up the highest rated air heat sink i could find...turns out it was probably also the largest...
All in all im very pleased with the build. She now handles everything I throw at her and gives me solid 1080p gaming @ 60fps or better on high and ultra settings. I used 3DMARK to benchmark her and scored a 20475 on Sky Diver. Fire Strike is out of her current reach but with a card change that could easily be brought into her grasp.
Only gripe I have about the whole build is I should've looked more closely about the size of the PHANTEKS heat sink. It was definitely too big to fit in the Zalman case and even with modifying the acrylic window, it didn't yield the desired result. Plus there really wasn't enough room for cable management without putting pressure on the mobo. So I got that taken care of recently with a Corsair 780T. I love this case!!! Its huge, everything fits no problem and cable management was awesome!!
If you made it this far thank you for checking out my build! Its definitely been a labor of love and also my first attempt at building a computer. Over all I am extremely satisfied with the experience and will continue to change things and make the build look better as I know it could use a bit more tweaking.