This PC started life as an Acer Aspire with the following specs:

Intel Core i5-3330
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz memory
OEM mATX b75 motherboard
1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Nvidia GeForce GT 630 2GB
Dual-band wireless network adapter
FSP 350-watt Power Supply
Acer OEM mATX Case

Obviously because this started as a prebuilt, some of the parts I have are not actually listed on PCPartPicker, so I've chosen the closest approximation for any OEM parts. I've also marked any parts I already had or received for free as $0.00.

Over the last year I've picked up several upgrades.

My girlfriend upgraded her PC from 8GB to 16GB of DDR3, but she only had two DIMM slots, so she had no use for her old HyperX kit. I added those to my build for a free upgrade, and just to make things a little more uniform, bought some HyperX heat spreaders off of Amazon for about $14 to put on my old bare sticks. I wanted blue to match her kit, but I could only find black.

I bought a GTX 1050 Ti just weeks before the mining craze completely destroyed the market. I'm a little bummed, because if I had a bit more money at the time I could have grabbed a 1060 for MSRP, but I think it worked out...It's a massive improvement over the GT 630 and I think it pairs well with the CPU.

I picked up another 1 TB HDD for more game and media storage, this one being a WD Blue, along with a 240GB SanDisk SSD for my boot drive and everyday applications. I had never experienced using an SSD what a huge difference in day to day usability.

The old case was very dusty, had a loud 92mm fan, and bad airflow. The power supply had a small, loud fan and many extra cables I did not need. I decided to splurge a little bit on the case, expecting that I could carry it forward to a new platform in the future if needed. I still wanted something relatively small, quiet, and easy to work in, and the Define Mini C seemed like the best option in the mATX form factor. It basically cable managed itself, which was really nice. The new power supply is an EVGA 500 BQ. I wanted something from a decent brand that was semi-modular to limit cable clutter.

New Specs:

Intel Core i5-3330
16GB DDR3 1600Mhz memory
OEM mATX b75 motherboard
240GB SanDisk SSDPlus Drive
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM HDD
1TB WD Blue 7200 RPM HDD
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Dual-band wireless network adapter
EVGA 500 BQ Power Supply
Fractal Design Define Mini C

All in all, I think it turned out really well. The green motherboard is meh...I don't mind it, kinda gives it character. The computer performs really well and is super quiet. The only thing I can hear is the OEM cooler, which I may look into replacing at some point. I'm also considering picking up an i7-3770 (non-K) off of eBay for a little performance bump. With memory prices as they are, I'm not interested in doing a platform upgrade at this time. Let me know what you think!

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Man thats so clean!! I love it!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely done. You made it look very clean.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

hell yeah

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