This is the upgrade of my High Mileage 2.0 build... way overdue! Long may it roll on!
CPU - Let's face it. I'm cheap. And I plan to do more than play games with this build, as this upgrade will allow me to retire / rebuild / sell my Drachenklaue and consolidate some use cases (VM testing, Steam games, whatnot..) into one box that will last me a while. So, I needed a solid chip to get thru the next 2-3 years or so with good performance, and the R5-2600 was it.
Cooler - Ok... so I clocked the stock cooler to get the AMD logo upright and stripped a (soft) screwhead; I was able to get everything on ok, but that friggin' thought nagged at me. Then I saw the PURE ROCK cooler at the store and... on it went. Only thing I don't like is that you can't clock the heatsink to vertical because of the mounting system. Ugh. Oh, and somehow I got a fingerprint into the preapplied paste so I had to clean it off and use my Formula 7 instead.
MB - Got this from the Egg; one of the channels I sub to used this board for a monthly build and I liked the look and features, and I've been a MSI user for years so I decided to give this a shot. I didn't want to drop the money for X470 for an upgrade.
RAM - Never used G.Skill before, So far, so good, but if I add another kit, the heatsinks will be a close fit under the Be Quiet cooler. I'm debating whether to switch to a 16GB Vengence kit instead, as I know there won't be clearance issues.
SSD - Bought the WD as a backup / VM storage / future project starter. So, I started an upgrade with it. Seems solid, no problems so far. I got the M.2 at a computer store in the Bay Area; saw the price but didn't check that it was NVME when I got it. Arrgghh... but once I decide on the RAM bump I'll probably install this and run my VMs from it.
HD - I needed extra storage and I had bought 3 while they were still cheap so in it went. Most of the data is is now on my Netgear NAS, so this may eventually come out.
Video - I was gonna move the 1050Ti from Drachenklaue here, then I decided to just go with something a little better. I'm still on 1080p since I have the monitors, and frankly I'm old and slow and the extra pixels won't make me a better player.
Case - Didn't need a new one. The SPEC-02 could have used a bigger window and a little more cable management space when it was new but everything fits and I was able to drop 2 140mm fans up front for airflow, so it'll be fine.
P/S - An Antec Edge 550w. With a built-in LED. So far it's been quiet and efficient (it better be, it's a GOLD-rated power supply) plus not everyone else has one. :)
ODD - Yes, I still have one. I still have DVDs and CDs, and I'm a little old-school about physical media. I still have and read actual paper books too. Okay, while my Kindle Fire is charging, anyway. :)
OS - Win 10 Pro gives me more control over when updates occur, and I'll need the virtualization support for running VMs.
Fans - I decided to swap out the OG Corsairs for some ML140s (and a ML120) to hopefully get better airflow and a little less noise (and PWM control). Jury's still out on the less noise part, but it might just be the case grilles. Since they're maglev fans, I might see how reliably slow I can run them.I still have one unused ML120 and a mount in the bottom of the case in front of the P/S so that's an intake option as well.
Interface Devices - Ok, I'm pretty much all Logitech but I've had the Altec set for years and moved them to the build table because they still sound good for the space they take up. I love the G602 mouse; smooth, responsive, works for my palm grip, the weight is spot on and no lag. Flip side is if you get the AKG's, just get the 240 MkII. I had to get an aftermarket pad set to get the 220s to sound and feel better so it would have been better to spend that same cash on a better pair at the start,
Yes, it's not the fastest computer in the world, but it will, I hope, with these upgrades get me thru a few more. It sails along very nicely on the Linux distros I've demo'd so far, so if I have to I can run it on one of those instead,