My first build, "Orange Box," was based on free second-hand parts in an orange case, so when it came time to build my second machine, I decided to keep some of those characteristics. When I saw the orange Corsair case, I knew that it was for me. I have been reading/watching about the new RTX cards, as well as some of the newer Ryzen chips, and I was planning on trying AMD out for a change. Talking about it around work for a few weeks had a coworker bring up that he had an old Dell business computer floating around that I could have, and he said that he'd bring it to work sometime. Meanwhile, I found a screaming deal on the EVGA G2 750w power supply, ~$50 after a mail in rebate, so I picked up two of them. Shortly after that my coworker brought the Dell to work: it was a SFF Optiplex 7010 with an I7 3770, a 250gb Seagate HDD, and a legit copy of Windows 7. My first build, that I have been gaming on up to this point, was built in 2016, and featured an LGA775 Q6600, so this would be a remarkable step up. I briefly considered building in the Dell SFF case, as I liked its size, but decided against it. I needed more room. Then I considered using the Dell motherboard, but could find little info about it, other than they seem to need to keep all of their accessories attached to avoid errors/warnings. So, I did the right thing and picked up an ASUS mb second hand off of Ebay for $100, which was more than I wanted to pay, but I am happy with the result. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 made me happy in my last build, so I used it again...the Dell cooler was a weird laid-over and stretched monster that I wasn't going to reuse. The RAM I found new on Ebay for $80, SSD was from Newegg. The Gigabyte wireless wifi/bluetooth card was another piece that I used in my previous build, and I haven't had any issues with it. I simply allowed Windows 10 to come up with drivers for it and leave it alone. I used the Windows 7 activation code from the case to get a copy of Windows 10. The RTX 2060 was simply a silly impulse that I decided to embrace. My previous build, with the Q6600, had a brand new ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 960 in it, so a build with a silly GPU seemed to play in theme. I'm still learning about building these systems, and the fact that what I've made so far works is partly luck and partly the help of this site. I built some computers in high school, when the internet was new, but that isn't much reference for what we have today. I do some research, and pay attention to trends...I generally trust brands that pop up more often, or that I see others using. I lucked out with the RAM that I purchased here, I failed to remember to see if it was even compatible with the board--but it is. I still don't have a great grasp on what the RAM speeds and timings mean, but I'll get it. So far I haven't really pressed this machine hard, and I don't know that I ever will. The games that I play aren't incredibly demanding, but I have found that I can turn all of the graphics settings up as high as they go and still play with a reasonable frame rate. I'm still playing through HDMI to a 1080p television set, so I haven't gotten to enjoy the higher resolutions that this card can deliver...I'm considering a monitor, but I've never bought one before, and there is a lot of variety. I think that I'd like to try some VR at some point, too. At this point this machine is only a week old, and I'm sure that it will be running for some time to come. Looking forward to the future... PS: I haven't found a way to edit the parts prices yet, but quick math says that I spent about $850 on this build. The CPU temp under load was the highest that I saw while running a benchmark.
This is a big step up after a 2.4 Core 2 Quad Q6600. Nice to have a more capable machine. This one has been locked up in a business computer for who-knows-how-long, still remains the Heart of the Tiger
These are great, tried and true. This will be the second one that I've bought, seems to deliver
My first ASUS board. Big, with plenty of slots and room to work. It can probably do things that I'm not even aware of
No issues, works great
Had never heard of this brand, picked solely by price. I have nearly 200gb on it so far and it seems to run strong
A free, second hand hard drive that I have yet to use. A benchmark that I ran that tests the HDD was impressed with this one...but maybe that was because it's empty
Probably more capable than I will ever utilize it, but I like knowing that it has more to give.
Simple, with good airflow. Came with three fans, 2 of which are orange led. Looks cool. There are mounts for up to 3 more fans...so I filled them with 3 140mm Spectre fans that are also orange led. Still subtle
My first new PSU, and my first fully modular PSU. Love it
Wireless Network Adapter
Used one of these in my previous build, so I stuck with it. Works great, no problems, and I'll would buy it again