10 Years in the making

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10 Years in the making

this build is sort of a counter programing to what you will see here on this site - amazing, glorious expensive builds that are good to look at. if you want to go down a memory lane let me present to you a timeline of my computer that i have built for myself 10 years ago and changed some of components along the way.

2009 - i bought and build this PC, this was my second PC but first that i built myself

original build:
MB: Asus P6T
CPU: Intel i7 920 with stock cooler
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870
RAM: 3 x 2 GB Mushkin 1600 Mhz DDR3
HDD: 1 TB WD caviar black
PSU: generic 550W
Case: Cooler Master Elite 331

monitor: LG M2362D - 23 inch 1080p
Keyboard and mouse: wireless Logitech Canada 210
2011 - first casualty was GPU after a little bit more than 2 years after inauguration, i also bought a new cooler for my CPU because the new graphic card would performer better than the old one and would put some more strain on my CPU. what i love about this GPU is that it has power connector at the back of the pcb rather than on the side

GPU: Gigabyte Windforce ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
CPU cooler: Scythe katana 3
2013 - next problem came when i couldn't turn on my PC. first i thought my power on button failed but luckily i have power on button on my motherboard and when that one also didn't work i knew my PSU was dead.

PSU: LC - POWER LC8750II - 750W
2014 - i got a great present from my older brother a gaming mouse - wow. i was really happy because a mouse that came with a keyboard combo was draining my batteries very fast, had to recharge them every 3 days so i was happy that the new mouse was wired. i also bought a mouse pad for it so i would not destroy the pads. than because i was such a good gamer now with this new mouse (ultra kill) i just had to buy myself a nice headset.

mouse: Logitech g502 Proteus Core
mouse pad: Roccat Taito mini
headset: Logitech G430
2015 - this build worked for a long time with no problems but the time has come to upgrade my system not because something was wrong with it but because it was a bit slow. so 6 years after my initial build i changed my mushkin ram and went from 6 to 12 Gb

RAM: 3x 4GB Kingston HyperX Fury 1866 DDR3
2017 - than again 2 years later i upgraded my HDD not because it failed it just came time to speed up my boot times

HDD: SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB

2018 - this year i didn't change anything in my computer i only added something to my accessories, a second monitor ... on a 8 year old card, what could possibly go wrong

monitor2 : Acer V243HL - 24 inch 1080p
2019 - the PC served me fine but again it came time to upgrade.
i was quite lucky with the CPU i choose, because at the time of built your CPU and GPU had to be on par when it came to the price, but nowadays with decrease of CPU power needed to run video games and increase in GPU loads you need to spend 50-100% more on GPU than on CPU and that served my computer very well because even though my CPU lost in computing power compared to the new generations there was also a decrease in compute power needed to run curent games so even after 10 years after a release i can still pair my i7 920 with kind of a new GPU like GTX 1050 TI (or RX 560) and it does not cause a CPU bottleneck
i bought a new GPU 8 years after the second one not because it broke but because it was too weak. i again choose Gigabyte windforce edition because the previous one lasted for 8 years with no problems but this time instead of ATI i went with Nvidia because the prices of RX 560 and 1050 TI were very similar and 1050 had better performance, i also bought a new HDD just to copy and protect my data on my 10 year old WD caviar black HDD

GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 1050 TI 4GB
HDD: WD blue 2 TB
so after 10 years my PC looks like this:

MB: Asus P6T
CPU: Intel i7 920 with Scythe katana 3 cooler
GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 1050 TI 4GB
RAM: 3x 4GB Kingston HyperX Fury 1866 DDR3
HDD1: SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB
HDD2: 1 TB WD black
HDD3: WD blue 2 TB
Case: Cooler Master Elite 331

monitor: LG M2362D
monitor2: Acer V243HL
keyboard: Logitech Canada 210
mouse: Logitech g502 Proteus Core
mouse pad: Roccat Taito mini
headset: Logitech G430

i am amazed how long some components lasted. CPU can still take heavy loads, my WD caviar black hasn't caused a single problem yet and Gigabyte Windforce ATI Radeon 6850 1GB still works it is just to weak for newer games and after all the upgrades my computer can run Apex legends (that is what kids play nowadays right? poor fortnite) on 1080p minimum requirements on one monitor and play 1080p youtube videos on the other and don't get me started on Logitech Canada 210 keyboard, all those multimedia keys and battery life? months with ease, all the keys still work and you say membrane keyboards are bad.

cable management is almost impossible because there is no space at the back panel and this old PSU cables are very stiff and thick i tried doing my best and push them behind disk cages

for every glorious build there are thousands of computers like this, that work great even thought they sometimes have to brake a sweat to display those beautiful pixels.

sadly this will be final form for this PC, i cant stretch CPU performance anymore and buying a better one for this old socket and use it on 10 year old motherboard is risky, so in a year or two (if everything works, fingers crossed) i will probably have to retire this build.

thanks for reading i hope a break served you nice from all the RTXs and 9900ks that you will see in other builds. let your computer serve you as good as mine did me, but remember computer will be good too you as you are good too him. blow it yearly (preferable on valentines day =) )

p.s. PSU and case i choose from hardware menu are not correct because there is no option to choose the ones that i use
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: Retro
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


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$ 260.91
Intel - Core i7 920
Socket: LGA 1366
Cores: 4
Chipset: X58
CPU Socket: LGA 1366
Size: ATX
$ 20.99
Kingston - HyperX Fury (1333MHz) (Red)
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
$ 549.99
Gigabyte - GTX 1050 Ti Windforce
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1050 Ti
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
Western Digital - WD Black Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 60.46
Western Digital - WD Blue Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
LC-Power - LC1000 Platinum Series
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Cooler Master - Elite 431 Plus
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Window
$ 106.95
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum
Interface: Wired
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