UPDATE: Swapped video card for an EVGA 750 Ti. This system really screams now. Plan on getting an SSD for boot drive soon. Also plan on changing CPU cooler. The fan seems to have issues working properly and I don't really like the heatsink. System is also now running Windows 10.
UPDATE 2: I will be transitioning this system to a home server in the near future.
There are a few edits to the actual parts list to the left and I will mention them as I go through the parts.
CPU: Core 2 E8400. Cuz it was 10 bucks. This actually was not the CPU in the donor system. It had an old school Pentium D (not Pentium Dual Core) based on the last Pentium 4 chips. Literally two Pentium 4's glued together. I now understand why grampa's computer was always so slow. The stock cooler that Acer put in the thing was terrible.
CPU COOLER: Actually a Scythe Mugen 2. Nearly identical for all intents and purposes. In my case I had to mount the cooler sideways to fit over the heatsinks on the motherboard chipset. I did not really expect the heatsink to be as large as it is. It clears the side panel by a about a 5mm. I have had no heat issues with the heatsink and fan pointed towards the top of the case as the rear fan seems to do a good job pulling air out of the case.
MOTHERBOARD: Actually an Intel DQ35JO. I have a lot of experience with these boards and decided as part of nostalgia that I would like to build another system based on this board. Board cost 35 bucks. Original system had a no name Acer board in it. No features. Had to go. Enjoyed every minute of the build except for the memory.
MEMORY: Kingston KVR800D2N5/4G kit. Actually this is still on order. This motherboard has a silly requirement of only being compatible with dimms that have 8 chips on each side of the dimm. I had ordered a 4GB set from Crucial but it would not work due to that incompatibility (has 9 chips on each side). Right now the system is running on 3GB of random memory I had scattered around running at 533MHz.
STORAGE: Toshiba 500GB. I actually don't have any real plans for this system and when I purchased this drive it was only 30 bucks, somewhere (I can't remember). Anyways, I can expand the storage down the road if I like.
VIDEO CARD: Right now there is an old ATI RADEON X1800 GTO in the system. Actually performs OK but it will not do 1080p due to there being no official Windows 7 drivers available and no support from AMD. When it comes down to it the on board Sandy Bridge Intel graphics will out perform it but this way with the lower and slower memory installed at the moment there is no real performance hit on anything else. Plus the card looks awesome. I am waiting on the XFX card to arrive and that will be a big performance boost to the system.
CASE: I originally planned to use this case with my CAPSUPREME 1.0 build but it ended up arriving a month later than planned. As such instead of using the ACER case that the other system was going to go back in to I decided to move it to this one. And I'm glad I did. The only issue I take with this case is the severe lack of cable management space. I literally had to squish my wires in the back with the back panel and monkey around for nearly half an hour to get the thing to close properly. So when you see the pictures ignore some of the sloppiness that is cable management.
POWER SUPPLY: Actually have an older BFG 450W power supply in this thing. I purchased this when my grampa's power supply failed years back. Still seems to function rather well.
OPTICAL DRIVE: There is no optical drive. I planned on reusing the one that was in the old system but decided I did not want to break up the awesome look of the gold grill on the front of the case. That is the DVD drive though that I had installed when the one in old system failed.
OPERATING SYSTEM: Went 7 Pro. Coulda went 7 Home but I didn't. When I get a chance I will be upgrading this to Windows 10 anyways.
Got two of these on Ebay for 10 bucks each. Super value for the performance. Still makes for a killer dual core CPU today.
Does it's job. Prolly replace with SSD in future.
Got this for a steal from Newegg. Fantastic card. Upgraded from an HD 7770 and nearly doubled the performance of the rig.
Looks great. Functionally great as well. Zero cable management room.