Worked on this for a while, can finally play any game on steam. The only thing I am planning to add is another 8gb of ram, which is just another $50 onto the total part list. I use a nice keyboard and mouse not listed here, and I use a 55" 1080p HDTV in my living room as a monitor. Prices listed are what I bought the part for, whether that be on sale or not. All purchased through newegg. This is extremely affordable and plays any game I want, just maybe not on Ultra settings. It handles High settings quite well to my surprise. Any $0 parts I already had from old computers. I added fans mostly just because I could, repurposed old CPU fans and case fans from old builds, they are not included in the parts list. It's probably $10 in fans honestly. There are 9 total fans, 2 PSU, 1 CPU, 3 Case fans (1 back, two side) and 1 for the HDDs. The 320gb HDD holds my OS, pictures, documents, important things like that. The 2TB HDD holds my games and movies, which I've already loaded about halfway with mostly movies and tv shows.
I bought 3 6' USB extenders for my keyboard, mouse, and controller charge. If I feel like the bluetooth is getting sloppy with my gaming controller, I plug it into the charger and use it wired. But with those, I can sit back on my couch across the room and game just like any console player :)
Planned upgrades (not necessary) Two more ARES sticks, making 16gb total RAM another 2tb HDD, or larger just for more storage. Possible SSD, I don't really care about the benefits a SSD provides, so I'm in no rush.
Perfectly affordable, strong running i5 processor for the Haswell generation of Intel CPUs. Have had no issues at all.
An off-brand version of extremely similar coolers, this is normally $15 whereas similar name-brand versions are $30+. I have nothing but good to say about this cooler, it is absolutely wonderful.
A cheap motherboard I started with simply to save money. I could've gotten newer generation products, but I gotta say, this stuff runs like a dream and is extremely affordable.
Can't recommend G.Skill RAM sticks enough. I've used them for a long time and absolutely love them. Plan on buying two more of these exact sticks in the near future.
I pulled this from an older PC I was given. Wiped it, reinstalled Windows 10, and haven't had problems with it. I keep it nice and cool and look forward to seeing how long this sturdy lil guy will last.
I'm actually using a WD White Label version, but this is yet another sturdy, powerful hard drive with a good amount of space to hold whatever I want.
I'm actually planning on replacing this case eventually, but I will say that for a 2006-era case, it's pretty cool looking after some modification. My only issue was that my GPU didn't really fit without some adjusting, but it all works and looks good now.
The first part I bought for this computer. I was excited when I found this, as I wanted a blue/green theme from the start. The ability to control fan speeds is nearly useless, as I have them blasting at full the entire time. You can hardly hear them on low or high. The RGB switch is cool but I never use the red. Green is decent but blue makes the green cables really POP. and 680w is almost too much, idk how I would ever get close to using that much wattage, which provides a really good peace of mind.
I mean, it opens smooth, reads CDs and DVDs and stuff. What more can you ask for? I hardly use it, but I prefer to have it just in case.
I've gotta review Windows 10..? Well, ok. It's definitely better than the more tablet-based windows 8, and I didn't really like the look or feel of Windows 7. This is more simple, settings are readily available and easy to navigate. The only Con I had was when it first released, it was VERY buggy. It's all fixed now and is very enjoyable.
Wireless Network Adapter
The WiFi connection is great, but I wish the bluetooth was stronger. It occasionally slows down the reaction on my PS4 controller, which sucks. It connects to my phone and everything though so no complaints there. Bottom line, there are better bluetooth connectors out there, but WiFi-wise, this is a decent adapter for the money.
It's kind of dim, but looks cool regardless and keeps things cold.