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This should be the final Update on this PC. I'm FINALLY building my gaming rig now, So this is being retired to serving as a Streaming/Recording PC via internal Video capture and also as my Workstation (For AutoCAD, 3D printing, and also 'light' Video Editing [YouTube Quality])

It still meets the specs for the Elgato, and the Multi-Thread capability is still quite good even for this being a dinosaur of an i7. The extra RAM and that GTX 960 help it keep relatively current for the uses I'm retiring it to.

To be fair. Its still been a very good gaming PC to hold me over while I worked on other projects.


(Added the price I paid for the used PC)

(Added new Clocks / Temps for an overclock. Throwing on a new cooler over the weekend to bring temps back down.... Update on that pending)

This is my main PC.

Purchased an entire working editing build (plus a spare SSD I used for another build) from a co-worker for $700.

Up until then I only had an off-the-shelf HP and it seemed like a good way to get some key improvements out of the way for a gaming build (And give me something to use to game while I worked on my server). But It still certainly needed some upgrading to get it current again.

NEW CASE Fractal Design Core 3500 -Wanted to make the build feel more like my own, And this Fractal Case fits my style better than the old Cooler Master Storm. Overall I really like its minimalist style, and was pretty decent for cable management. Came with 3 140mm SSR2 Fans. Otherwise not much special aside from the price.

NEW PSU EVGA 750w GQ - Really wanted to clean up the case, the old PSU was a non-modular Cooler master 700w which created an awful multi-color rats nest.

NEW GPU EVGA GeForce GTX 960 - Exactly what this PC needed to game on current titles, Didn't need anything too crazy for now as I planned to upgrade again later - Hopefully a 1080? We'll see. As a bonus, Since I now had an Extra SSD, GPU, Case, and PSU, managed to Frankenstein it all together with my old HP Pavilion for a friend.

ADDED HDD Seagate Barracuda 3TB -Bought this for my Server, but upon some more detailed research discovered 24/7 operation is a death sentence for this model. Renamed it my DOOMDRIVE and threw it in my PC, cause why not. Still planning to Purchase to Hitachi drives for my server.

NEW FANS 2x Fractal Designs SSR3 92mm + 120mm -Replaced the fans on the Cooler Master Hyper N520, This was both to match the style of the case, and to kill some of the noise the old fans generated. The extra 120mm I threw in just to keep some upward airflow and positive pressure, hoping to limit the amount of dust to make it into the top of the case

GAMING PERIPHERALS Logitech G810 & G502 - Really needed something other than the chiclet keyboard and HP mouse I was using. Tried these out in a store, Like them well enough. Keyboard is louder than I'd like for recording... But its mechanical so that's a given.

As a final note, Picked up some extra extension cables since things didn't really reach well from the front headers of the case. And the Motherboard lacked 3.0 USB for the front panel so I needed an adapter (Threw in a logitech card for some extra 3.0 USB from PCI to make up for this) And threw some cheap LEDs in.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Not super high-end, Not the performance per dollar champion like maybe a 970 would be.

But for $200 I feel like this really takes the cake in it's price bracket

Case

Good Case, Not a high-end case to drop big bucks on. But I got this at a decent price.

Liked that it came with 3 fans. That was good.

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

2 960s... what a coincidence lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

SLI for days!!!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

Totally unintentional, but I did realize it and chuckle myself!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

9602

:P +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice dual 960s in SLI bro

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I think? lol. Have to say I don't often see many builds myself with the same model number CPU and GPU. Kinda neat, In a "Jeez my CPU is outdated" sorta way

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

It's sick that that happened

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

There's still the old case, PSU, GPU, & Extra SSD not shown here, All of which went to making my old PC into something a friend could game on.

That being said I realize accomplishing both would have been nearly the same $ value wise, But I wanted to help my Coworker get to the Laptop he needed and help friends while I help friends. :P

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Posted the build I used the spare parts on here - http://pcpartpicker.com/b/rs9WGX

Just in case you were curious!