I am slowly starting to build a new computer to be used for gaming, photos, videos, and etc. While doing some research for the new computer build, I thought it might be a good idea to look at my current computer. This one is a prebuilt from a local computer shop that my in-laws got us for Christmas back in 2008. Let me just say that this computer has served us very well over the years. No hardware has failed as of yet. I will also mention that I hate this case, there is no where to mount any other fans other than the back exhaust fan.
I wanted to get a quad core processor but they wanted between $200-250 for one, maybe $56 for a used one, that and I would have to also upgrade the pwr supply. So I went with the dual core processor that only required 30 more watts. The heatsink & fan are twice as tall as the other one. It also moves a lot more air. You can actually feel the air moving with your hand now. The new processor does produce a bit more heat than the other processor did. I might have to pull a DIY to get a 120mm fan to work on the side panel of the case. I would use it to pull air in. Anyways the specs are below. Let me know what you think.
Original Specs: CPU - Intel Celeron 430 Conroe-L Single-Core 1.80GHz: 1 core, CPU Cooler - Intel D75716-002 Socket 775 Aluminum Heat Sink & Fan to 3.1GHz, Motherboard - Intel DG31PR X86-based, Memory - 512MB (Kingston DDR2), Storage - WD 150GB HD Blue, Video Card - 32MB built in, Case - Generic Case, Power Supply - Anatec 380 Watt, Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A, OS - WinXP Home, Monitor - Acer V173, Speakers - Logitech S-120 Black, Keyboard & Mouse - Logitech Generic Keyboard & Mouse
1st Upgrade back in 2013: Motherboard - Intel DG31PR X86-based, Bios update: Thursday 3-18-10, Memory - 4GB DDR2, Corsair 2 x 2GB DDR2 Dual Channel 800MHz, Storage - Seagate HD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache, Model: ST1000DM003 & WD 150GB HD Blue, Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit GDDR3: Core Clock 625MHz, OS - Win 8.1 Pro
Current Upgrade for 2016: CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz, 2 core, L2 - 6MB @ 65W, CPU Cooler - Intel D60188-001 Socket 775 Copper Core Heatsink & Fan, Win10Pro 32-bit upgrade
Update 1/10/16: I went to turn my computer on today and heard some scratching sounds. Opened the case and saw the heatsink had the two pins on the right side had come loose. So I pushed the pins back in and all is good. That is when I noticed something good. When looking at the exhaust on the back, it is setup to pull air in. It is Also Antec 3-speed fan, had to take the fan bolts off to find the fan controller switch. I reattached the fan but left the switch out where it won't touch anything. It was set to low, so I set it to medium. The CPU temp has yet to get above 37 degrees. So I believe my high temps have been figured out.