Most of this, my current machine, has been together and running for the last three years. (I was gathering parts for about 8 months prior.)
CPU - Actually, this 8320 isn't the original I started with; that is a FX-8120. I bought the 8320 a week ago for a new build but the new MB I was going to pair it with didn't post, so I threw it in here to test it out. So far, so good. (UPDATE: Got the new MB to post, BIOS battery was dead and had to be replaced. So the 8320 will be moving to it shortly and the 8120 will be reunited with this machine. UPDATE2: Moved the 8120 back to this build, edited part list to reflect same.)
Cooler - EVO? What's an EVO? :) Actually, I bought this at the same time as the original 8120 because I already knew the stock HSF was a loud POS. Not my first time at the AMD corral...
MB - Ok, here I screwed up some. I got this on SALE at Frys and and let those 4 big letters get the best of me. I found out about all the power phase issues way after I bought the board and had everything up and running, so as it still ran I decided to keep it... 21/2 years later, well here we are...
RAM - It's Corsair, it's been reliable (and the picture is wrong, mine are actually blue) and it still works.
SSD - On the other hand, this isn't the original SSD; that was a Crucial M4 256GB that died 2 weeks ago and was returned to them under warranty. The Adata was floating around for a Linux project that got pushed back so I used it as a temp. I had an OS image to restore the system from (ok, yeah, a couple of months old but better than nothing) so I was back running in a few hours (Windows Updates take FOREVER sometimes). No problems so far. EDIT: I got a M4 back from Crucial that I swapped back in, so we're back to (almost) the OG config.
HD - I needed extra storage and I had bought 3 while they were still cheap so in it went.
Video - This was a open box return at Frys which made it a little cheaper than new. Yes, I know I got lucky on this one.
Case - This was the case I built the previous game machine in. I had built this one in an Antec Solo (no, not Solo II) to try and get a quiet machine, but the heat buildup at the top of the case meant I needed to switch. So, I put everything in here instead. With the front fans turned down it can be surprisingly quiet. EDIT: the power switch died on the Three Hundred, so I used the opportunity to move the crab into a new shell (a Corsair SPEC-02) and update the looks a little.
P/S - Yep, this is an original HX650W. It was also in the previous game box. It's modular, fairly quiet and it still works. EDIT: The Corsair died finally, so I swapped an Antec Edge 550w in as a substitute. So far it's been quiet and efficient.
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. :)
OS - When I was telecommuting, we found the VPN client we were using worked better with Pro than with Home so that's what I got. Win 8 didn't impress me. I'm running Win 10 Preview on a different box and so far I like it. I'll probably move this box to Win 10 when it comes out. LXLE, Lubuntu or MInt w/ Cinnamon are other options.
Sound Card - I hooked up the onboard sound to the front panel jacks on the Three Hundred case and had a hiss in games I couldn't get rid of. This works a lot better.
Fans - I decided on a little bling so I got the Corsairs. Too bad they turned out to be a little loud.
Monitor - Actually this is an Acer P244w, I couldn't find a listing in the part picker. See the (soon to be replaced) desk picture.
Interface Devices - Ok, I'm pretty much all Logitech (the G500 was an Xmas gift though) all the time. However, the actual speakers are an old Altec Lansing set that I've had a long time and aren't listed here. They still sound great and they have dual inputs so I can plug in the computer and my phone or iPod at the same time. EDIT: I swapped these for a Logitech Z3 2.1 setup I had that I was able to get running.
Yes, it's not the fastest computer in the world, but it has gotten me thru the last couple of years, and will, I hope go on for a few more. It sails along very nicely on the Linux distros I've tried so far, so that's just a matter of picking the DE and support I like best if I go that route with it.