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Before I introduce my new rig, let me tell you all about my old PC system. I bought the PC around 2006. The processor is Pentium D 820 2.8GHz with Asus P5GC-MX/GBL motherboard socket 775. Around 2014 I upgraded the processor with Pentium Dual Core E6600 3.06GHz. RAM was DDR2 (2+2)GB 800MHz after the upgrade but the motherboard only can support less than 3GB memory. The GPU is Zotac 9500 GT but I bought it around 2009. Before that I use ATI Radeon but cant remember the model, unfortunately was burned because probably too hot.
"P.S.": Actually the Zotac 9500 GT memory size is 1GB with DDR2 type. The SSD I bought on April 2016. I still use my old monitor which is ACER V203HV with 1600x900 max resolution, 5ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate and 16:9 aspect ratio.
So most of the time, I use PC for browsing the web. Also doing office documents like Word & Excel. I also do some gaming but I am not hardcore gamer. I play games like Defense of The Ancients, Counter Strike : Condition Zero, Pro Evolution Soccer series, Total War series etc. I think the most intense game I played before was Medal of Honor series. The last sequel was MoH : Warfighter but it too lag on the old PC. I also do some graphic editing before but it really take a long time to complete the task.
So I decide to build new rig but still there are certain areas I will upgrade later. I will upgrade the CPU when the time will come but not in the near future, maybe around 5 years later. The priority is to add another 4GB RAM later. For now the RAM running at 2400MHz because the i3-8100 supported restriction. Of course after I upgrade the CPU to i5/i7, so the RAM can run at 2666MHz. Another important part is GPU, I hope to obtain probably GTX 1050 Ti or the same equivalent on next generations. Also, I will add 1TB hard drive for plenty storage. Lastly, I will get aftermarket CPU cooler if really needed.
At the end, I am so glad with my purchased even with limited budgets and looking forward the plan for next parts upgrade.
Please, I really appreciate any comments. Thanks.
Added the photos of the old rig (Images 1st to 4th). I already removed the Zotac 9500 GT from the rig and now using Intel UHD Graphics 630. Bought Logitech G100S Gaming Combo.
Fix some cables from damaging components on motherboard. Added photos of inside the case after removed the 9500 GT and improved the cable management by routing rear case fan cable to top through behind motherboard (Images 21th to 24th).
Re-cable management for ready to add parts later and prevent foam mats at side panel from damage by thick cables behind motherboard tray, so the case can be closed smoothly. Then, install another cheaper identical 4GB RAM and 1TB HDD storage with partition. Added photos after the re-cable management & parts installation (Images 25th to 30th).
Install Cooler Master Hyper H411R CPU cooler. Run CPU stress test by AIDA64.
CPU Package Temp ; Idle : 38.1 C & Load : 59.4 C (Ambient Temp : 27 C)
This is the first generation of Core i3 with 4 cores & 4 threads CPU with affordable price. I choose Intel because for AMD Ryzen to get best performance, it need higher RAM speed but the price are like rocket.
I think it among the top mainstream motherboard at the market and affordable price. Had 4 slots RAM for future upgrade. Good features. It not for overclock the processor.
People always say it, RAM is RAM. Will add another stick later. Already install another cheaper identical RAM.
Not the best SSD but still did good job for boot up the Windows 10. It take around 30 seconds from pushing the power button until all the icon applications program appear & ready on the screen.
Good & reliable storage. Install it with partition.
Small, light and adequate space. Good materials.
More than enough power for the system and suitable for next GPU upgrade.
Good 24X DVD+RW optical drive.
Very affordable keyboard & mouse combo price and still good quality items. Easy to install the hardware, just plug into the ports and ready to use. Corded keyboard & mouse so very effective for gaming and no need battery to power it like wireless one.