Overview: Built a new system using some spare parts and new purchased parts to sell. I won't leverage PCPP as a marketplace, so if you are at all interested just send me a message.
Building in a Micro ATX was hard for me. Great case, great looking, but oh my goodness. It's a hellscape for someone with hands as large as mine. Can't fit anything anywhere. I would try to plug in the CPU power cable and then it was like nope. Nope nope nope. But I got through it and had the bright idea to switch the power supply with my current system since the EVGA has more wattage. That went...hahahahahahahaha. The results? Not terrible??? Question Marks????? You tell me, I really tried. Can't go back in there, man.
I also bought parts as part of this whole thing to upgrade my other system. I'm keeping the prices of those at $0 so I can show the market price of the Micro ATX system for potential buyers, but if you must know, the 980 Ti was $679.99 from Newegg, and the Dell monitor (a dreamy piece of equipment, by the way) was $689.99 on a Newegg Flash sale.
CPU: This is a fun story! In my original system, a molex cable slid through the back panel and fried the CPU and motherboard through the backplate, so I had to RMA both of them. Motherboard and CPU came back in two weeks, put everything back together, and it works! Then another CPU shows up a week later! Yeah! What?
I hit up SuperBiiz and say "Hey guys, this happened" and the valiant rep insisted "Yeah it would show if we were missing one" so I say "You are" and we do this until it gets really, truly uncomfortable. So I say "Alright, I just...keep it?" and the rep assures me "It's all yours" and so here we are! Awesome!
CPU Cooler: Technically, I didn't have to do this, but the lack of airflow in the Phenom really bugs me. On my R4 with this cooler, this exact CPU maintains 28 C at idle, whereas in this case it idles at 36-37 C. I'm sure without it it would be closer to 50 C, which could be workable - I don't know - but if I'm selling it to someone, they might not care to clean dust out of the machine, let alone ever open it, so I don't want to leave them in a precarious situation.
Motherboard: My other system is H97 and that's been great, and this one's blue!
RAM: Also blue! Nice!
Storage: SSD for fast bootup and installing primary software. Bought two other hard drives to setup RAID 1 but once I decided I was selling it, I took the second one and popped it into my R4 because that only has 1 TB aside from the SSD, and my recent design work has been buying up lots of real estate.
GPU: My trusty 770. Runs like a champ, but I have upgraded to a 980 Ti (also pictured). The MSI model is quite the scrumptious piece of hardware, and I have been graced with the privilege of a backplate this time. I played through all of the Witcher 3 on the 770 with High-ish settings, and pretty much everything else on Ultra. Holds up well. The 980 Ti can run The Witcher 3 on 3440x1440 at Ultra WITH Hairworks at >40 FPS though, so guess who's finally getting around the New Game Plus?
PSU: I didn't add the XFX TS550 to the list because the EVGA actually went into the Phenom at first. Problem there: it's a large thing, so a longer card like the 770 literally sits on top of the PSU when in the first PCI slot. It's massively uncomfortable to look at, so it is not pictured. I immediately switched the power supplies (convenient, too since 980 Ti does actually draw more power than the 770), completely forgetting the modular/non-modular issue entirely. About an hour of various maneuvers with my gorilla hands and some truly nightmarish cable management later, I think I did alright. Again, you tell me.
Fan: To help with the airflow situation. I considered having it pull air into to the CPU cooler, but that would force hot air into the case, when I want it out as quickly as possible. Also, blue!
OS: I could have been lazy and just did Linux, but I think I'd get more reception from potential buyers if it's got Windows, so it does.
Monitor:* Using the original monitor from my old build. I actually paid $120 for it originally, but I guess the market price went up after a newer model came out. I also listed the Dell 34' Ultrawide because I'm in love with it. For designers and photo editors looking for an alternate solution for dual monitors, this is beyond excellent. The gamma is not as present as it should be, but the Dell Display Manager software lets you customize it to something reasonable, and color reproduction is excellent. There is a bit of IPS glow around the edges, so blacks may be a little off if you like to take up every inch as you work, but in my experience it is a very, very small offset, and only present around the corners and edges.
Others: Wi-Fi adapter. Worked (still works) for my R4 system, so it ended up here as well.
Alright, that's it, judge me as you will.