This computer was initially built for gaming. I had originally installed Windows 7 Professional then upgraded it to Windows 10. As a single gaming PC configuration it dominated everything I could throw at it. I was later inspired by a video to experiment with virtualization. I then installed Unraid Server OS to an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade. This machine now runs a media server and TWO! virtual machines with Windows 10 installed.
Host Server: OS: Unraid Server Basic. Graphics card: Intel HD graphics. OS drive: Sandisk Cruzer Blade 8GB flash drive, RAM: 8GB ddr3 1866 MHz. Parity disk: N/A, Not purchased yet. Array disk: Hitachi 500GB 7200 rpm hdd. Cache disk: Crucial 256 GB ssd. Apps: Docker, Plex Media Server.
Virtual Machine 1: OS: Windows 10 Home. Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 4 GB gddr5. RAM: 12 GB ddr3 1866 MHz. CPU: two physical cores (host pass-through) overclocked to 4.4 GHz. OS drive: 100 GB virtual disk on cache ssd.
Virtual Machine 2: OS: Windows 10 Home. Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1 GB gddr5. RAM: 12 GB ddr3 1866 MHz. CPU: two physical cores (host pass-through) overclocked to 4.4 GHz. OS drive: 100 GB virtual disk on cache ssd.
The CPU, Motherboard, and a single stick of RAM were purchased from Newegg as a shellshocker deal. This processor does not disappoint. After many attempts at different settings I was finally able to get a stable 4.4 gigahertz. The water cooler keeps this processor nice and cool even at full load.
I would have to agree with the many reviewers whom have stated that this is a great "bang for the buck" performance-wise at the mid budget range.
After researching different cooling options I decided on Deepcool Captain all in one water cooler. It simply looks awesome, the light on the water block pulses and since the CPU is the heart of the PC it gives a good beating heart feel to the whole system. I mounted it on the top of the case in a pull configuration so that the radiator is easier to see and clean.
The only downside to this cooler would be that there is no software integration for a smarter cooler so I had to program the settings with the motherboard's AI Suite.
Purchased with the CPU and one stick of RAM as a Newegg Shellshocker deal.
Purchased one stick with a Newegg Shellshocker deal, bought 3 more for the server setup. It's RAM, it's fast, and it works.
I bought this SSD around mid 2014 and had it installed in a laptop as the primary drive. The the screen on the laptop died so I took this drive out and replaced it with a less expensive HDD. I now use the laptop as a HTPC and router. The drive itself is pretty fast and impressive for the time it has survived. Not as fast as the higher end drives of today like the Samsung 850 Evo/Pro for example, but it gets the job done.
Fast, efficient, quiet, reliable. This was the original drive from the laptop I mentioned earlier. It houses my steam library and the media on this machine.
The graphics card is one of the most important parts of the gaming machine and probably took the most amount of my decision making skills to decide on what to get. Ultimately I chose this model and am very satisfied. It can run every game I have at 1080p on max settings without breaking a sweat. Nvidia Geforce experience even increases the rendered resolution higher on some lighter titles. "The sweet spot of gaming."
I found this monitor at a computer recycling center, like new. Yes for only $50. No complaints, it's awesome.
Purchased sometime in 2014 solely to play World of Warcraft. I like it. It's actually great for me since I have some fairly large hands and the many buttons make it easy to setup my favorite keybindings and macros for games all in the one keypad.
Purchased sometime in 2014 for my girlfriend, also for World of Warcraft. She likes the smaller Tartarus keypad since she has small hands and found the Orbweaver difficult and uncomfortable to try to use.
Purchased in 2014 to use with a laptop for gaming. It's been pretty great. Since building this machine, my girlfriend has claimed it for the VM I set up for her to use. She prefers this one.
Needed a second keyboard for the multi VM setup, this was within budget and I liked the brand from having the mouse so I gave it a shot. It feels good to type on and it's great for gaming so far. I use this one the most now.
I've had a DeathAdder since 2007 when I bought my first laptop. In late 2013 my original DeathAdder stopped working after a long rewarding life, and so I purchased the updated version, this one has a braided cable. Still my favorite mouse to use, but my girlfriend has taken it and claimed it for herself. Currently on her VM setup.
Around 2014 I got my girlfriend into World of Warcraft, I bought this mouse for her because she liked the way it looked. After using it for a few weeks she felt uncomfortable with it and we traded mice. This is now my go to for gaming and pretty much everything else.
This mouse surprised me, I did not originally expect much from it since the sale price is normally $15, and it was included free in a case I bought previously. Although this mouse feels cheap and light at first use, it has surprisingly been really responsive and accurate for a low end model.