As my Itsy Bitsy Budget build of 2016 faded in it's glory I had been wondering what my next step would be. I upgraded hard drives, ram, and other parts here and there until I finally gave up on the H110 motherboard, 6th gen CPU, and 1060 and decided to make something fresh. I re-built the PC in the same case, but with a new boot drive. Prices on some of the drives have been lost in obscurity as many of them were salvage from years past.
After the dust settled I found I had created something that was not such an itsy bitsy budget anymore, but instead a tough little PC that eats up even the hard to run games and programs I have. The 6 cores on the i5 are much appreciated and well used in games and programs that are CPU heavy. For anything the CPU doesn't handle, that 1080 mini will do just fine with.
So here is the updated list, the build resurrected. The transformation result of my obsession. The tangled mess that is the itsy bitsy powerhouse.
A robust little CPU, capable of handling CPU heavy games and some medium workloads. Still bench marking it, but it's been great so far. If you can fit it in your budget, it's worth it over previous gen and lower tier CPUs.
Works like a charm. I'm not an overclocker, so something simple was all I really needed. Went a step up from the H110 I had previously and I am glad for it. Easy bios, not much fuss about anything during the whole installation process. Very compact though, so if you aren't great in a tight space you might want something bigger to work with.
My old ram, still kicking strong. I got it on the cheap years ago and it's still kicking. it works, that's all.
The ran upgrade to my build. Just a little boost on top of my previous 8GB. It works well with my 8GB stick of Crucial 2133, and the only difference I noted was that they mounted backwards compared to each other. Nothing big, just don't expect them all to face the same way if you mix and match like I do. This is a good little stick of ram, if you can get it for the right price.
My old 2016 boot drive re-purposed for video games. Still kicking strong after years of abuse. Not the fastest you can get, but cheap and reliable.
Got it as a new boot drive, and it works quite well. Installing windows on it was quick and clean. Speeds are good so far, we'll see if it lasts like it's predecessors.
My boot from my 2015 PC. The first PC I built at home. The SSD is a little newer than the old build, and now it lives in my newest build holding video games. Still kicking on all four cylinders, it's not top of the line but it gets the job done.
An old salvage drive from computers long past. It mostly stores game files that I'm not currently using. In the current market a larger capacity is better value, but I already had this one lying around so why not use it, right?
I bought the 5TB earlier this year due to getting a Humble subscription and running out of space. It holds a wealth of video games and old files. I like the nostalgic HDD noises it makes when spinning up. It reminds me of good times. If you're looking for a quiet drive, this is not it. The Big T will carry any files you need it to, but stealth is not an option.
The best graphics card I've ever purchased. I've only bought a few in my time, but this one sure is nice. It lights up all purdy like and can run anything I've thrown at it, including No Man's Sky, which is quite the feat given the game's less than optimal optimization. Most games hit my imposed frame caps and stay steady at 2560x1080 75hz. Might be time to upgrade to 1440p soon.
The good ol mini bombshell. The sticker over the logo is still stuck. The bright blue lights on the side panel IO are still covered so they don't blind me. And the case is still razor sharp if you hold it wrong. As far as cases go, this little cutie is one I stand by. It has weathered much abuse with grace. And the original sagging side panel problem went away when the case heated and cooled a few times, leaving the perfect proportions for my new motherboard to mount with all screws instead of just four like the original one it held. It just got better with age, and they don't usually do that.
I bought it in a hurry years ago because it was cheap and reliable. It turned out to be reliable, and has saved me money on a new PSU plenty of times. Quite handy, and fully modular is always nice. EVGA is the only PSU brand I use now. They've gained a repeat customer because of their quality products.