Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Do you think that I have upgraded my PC too often in the last 5 years?

PCs

I had an idea in the morning. I wanted to know all the PC parts that I have bought during the 5 and a half years I have lived in Japan. I think I have spent a lot of money on the PC!!!

But hey, it is my hobby and just because one might feel that it is a total waste of money, it is called life. And I have sold everything that I do not use, albeit at a much lower price than I bought. I think I probably have wasted like JPY 200,000 if you calculate the deficit between the total amount I have spent on buying these items and the total amount I have sold them for.

There are two ways you can go about buying a PC. Either spend a fortune and get something that might last 3 or 4 years without any trouble. Or buy something spending half that price and keep upgrading the components every year and selling the old components. If you keep the total cost the same, you would definitely have a much faster, efficient and capable system in 4 years than the high-end system you would otherwise have built 4 years ago. I follow the second path.

Anyways, here is the list I came up with.

CPU

  1. Intel Core i5 750
  2. Intel Core i7 2600K
  3. Intel Core i7 4770K
  4. Intel Core i7 4790K x3 (Yes, I bought three of them and settled with one)

Motherboard

  1. Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
  2. ASRock Z68 Extreme 4
  3. Asus Maximus VII Hero
  4. Asus Maximus VII Gene
  5. Asus Z97i Plus - current

Video Cards

  1. Kuroutoshikou HD5770 (sold to a friend)
  2. Sapphire HD5870 Vapor-X (bought second hand)
  3. Gigabyte HD6950-OC 1GB x2
  4. Palit GTX 670
  5. MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G (replaced, but returned both due to high coil whine)
  6. Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 (sold because didn't fit inside the SG13)
  7. MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G - current

PSU

  1. Aqtis AP-550GTX 500W (died after plugging in the HD5870, but didn't feel like RMAing)
  2. Corsair TX850
  3. Corsair HX650 Gold
  4. Silverstone ST75F-GS
  5. Silverstone SX500-LG - current

Cases

  1. Antec 300
  2. Silverstone Raven RV03 (RMAed once)
  3. Silverstone SG09
  4. Silverstone SG13 - current

SSD

  1. Vertex 2 50GB x 2 (one was bought second-hand)
  2. Kingston HyperX 120GB (gave to brother-in-law)
  3. Samsung 840 250GB
  4. Samsung 850 Evo 500GB - current

Hard drives (setups)

  1. Samsung HD103SJ x2 + Samsung HD204UI
  2. Toshiba DT01ACA300 + Western Digital Green 3TB WD30EZRX-00DC0B0
  3. Western Digital Green 4TB  WD40EZRX - current

Mice

  1. Logitech G500 (replaced twice) - current
  2. Logitech G602 (replaced once) - current

Speakers

  1. Creative 2.1 SBS-A100
  2. Corsair SP2200 (got this refunded when it stopped working properly)
  3. Logitech Z623 (replaced once) - current

Headsets

  1. Roccat Kave 5.1 (broke)
  2. Audiotechnica ATH-AD500X - current

Display

  1. Samsung 24" SBS-A100display (cannot remember the model number)
  2. Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS
  3. Qnix QX2710 Evolution II - current

CPU coolers

  1. Thermalright Mux-120 (gave to brother-in-law)
  2. Antec Kuhler 620 - current
  3. Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B
  4. Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme
  5. Noctua NH-U12S

Memory

  1. CFD DDR3 –1333 2GB x 4 (gave to brother-in-law)
  2. Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 4GBx4
  3. A-DATA XPG V2 DDR3-2400 8GBX2 - current

Audio Cards

  1. Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium PCI-E(sold and currently relying on onboard audio)

Fan controller

  1. Scythe Kaze Master Ace (sold and currently relying on motherboard fan controller)
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