Description

In the last couple of years I bought hardware parts to update the PC my father bought in 2011, creating the build "Keep me up to date!" ( https://it.pcpartpicker.com/b/LzyXsY ) i posted in early 2017

Today, as I'm moving away from home I managed to split my build in TWO, in order to leave home a fully functioning PC to my Dad, who loves Railroad Tycoon >A LOT<.

I used the spare parts saved from 2011's original build along with some new hardware I bought escpecially for my Dad, such as the lovely Cryorig C7 which is perfect for this build, or the brilliant Crucial MX500 which I'm using as OS drive, and last but not least the RX 550 4gb which should be able to allow many years of Railroad Tycoon hardcore gaming to my dad.

The interesting part (for me) is that the spare parts of 2017's build are now completed with some new sparkling parts that I will review soon in another post :)

I am really proud that i managed to give new life to some older parts that are still functioning, and I'm happy with the overall performance in daily usage.

If you read this far, your love for Railroad Tycoon series should have increased drastically, and I thank you for the interest shown for an "older" build like this!

Have a nice day!

Part Reviews

CPU

7 years of gaming and workstation usage and still kickin' asses.

CPU Cooler

I'm in love with Cryorig's design. Bought this to replace the old, tired, stock cooler and I think it's a perfect choice to ease the CPU work.

Motherboard

Still gets the job done!

Storage

The build i'm taking with me features a MX300, which is great. This is even better, and costs the same. Nothing more to add :D

Storage

This comes from the original 2011 build. Maybe is so old to be a 5400 rpm model (not sure about it). Anyway, it works and it will be used only for storage (photos, docs, etc) so it will be more than enough.

Video Card

I love the fact that it drains power directly from the PCI-E, leaving the build tidy and clear.

I haven't had the chance to test it with some heavy application. For now this card has the only duty to make RRT2 and RRT3 run at light-speed for the years to come. I always try to introduce my Dad to cool recent strategy game but he doesn't really care. If anything changes, the card should be able to handle low-mid settings at 1680x1050

Case

This comes from the original 2011 build as well. It's not a pro case and doesn't really have any special feature. It's not windowed and obviously it's not meant for fancy builds. But it still does its job nicely.

I tried to hide cables behind the mobo, and used some zip ties on HDD and 5.25 bays to get the best cable management possible. I can't complain about the result.

Power Supply

When i bought my Corsair 600C case, i replaced this PSU with a EVGA full modular, mainly because the TT PSU, placed upsidedown in my build (600C have an inverted layout), started to produce an annoying buzz/humming sound.

EVGA is more recent, more power efficient, it doesn't hum in the 600C and looks nicer.

For my dad's build though, I dusted off this PSU, which works just fine, and doesn't hum in the Cooler master Elite 371

Speakers

Unfortunately I don't have space to bring these two wonderful ladies with my in my new home, 'cause I'm taking with me 2 big-fat-KRK monitors.

I love this 2.0 system so much, it has a balanced sound and basses are great, so you don't need to place a stupid large subwoofer (2.1 systems) around your desk.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

A true tycoon of the railroad.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

ahahah, he really is! :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I started playing Railroad Tycoon on the original title, back in the days when gameplay was more important than graphics (because graphics were so limited anyways). That was a tough game.

Say hi to your dad, there are still RRT lovers out there! And tell him to try OpenTTD as well, very mucho time consuming game too.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Dad says hi! I never tried OpenTTD but I will certainly show it to my dad. Thanks for the comment and the advice :)