Well, my rig was built back around 2011 with the goal of not needing to upgrade the CPU for a long time, and some parts are from older machines, others are newer. Some stuff is backup hardware I’m running simply because I got caught in a bind and couldn’t afford the replacement part.
Custom Built Home Workstation:
2x 1680x1050 monitors: Acer AL2223W, Acer V223W
Motherboard: EVGA SR-2
CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5645 @ 2.4ghz stock, 3.6ghz OC (Current speed: 2.4 ghz. Nothing needs 24 threads belting out full pelt in my game library, and I like keeping CPU temps below 40C when possible)
CPU cooler: 2x Noctua NH-U12DX i4
Memory: 12GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 2000mhz running 800mhz, CL 6/6/6/24 (CPU limited to 1333 at highest memory speed. 800mhz clocked up gets unpleasantly close to red-lining the integrated memory controllers, so I settled for ‘as fast as possible’ at 3.6, and tightened the timings.)
GPU: BFG GTX 275 OC (Backup card. Underclocked to 500mhz Core to reduce heat.)
Western Digital Raptor - SATA, 10k RPM, 150GB - Drive C
Seagate Barracuda - SATA, 7.2k RPM, 150GB - Drive D - Failed
Hitachi Deskstar - IDE, 7.2k RPM, 80GB - Drive E
Western Digital Caviar Blue - SATA, 7.2k RPM, 750GB - Drive F
Lite-On Combo CD-RW/DVD - IDE, Geared Tray Mechanism - Drive G
Lite-On Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Burner - SATA, Blu-Ray Laser Malfunction - Drive H
HP DVD Writer - SATA, DVD/CD burner - Drive I
Case: Xigmatek Elysium
PSU: Galaxy Evo 1300W (I think. I could be wrong on the wattage, but it was overkill for the system when I built it.)
OS: Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1
As for why I have optical drives in the system, there’s a few reasons. One, I like to watch movies, and I’ve got a lot of DVD’s. That old geared Lite-On drive gets a workout when I’m in a movie-watching mood. Two, I like my retro-gaming, and I’ve got a few games that came on CD/DVD, where they require the disk in the drive. By having 3 optical drives, I can leave two game-disks in the system for instant play, while still having an empty drive for a movie.
And yes, I know, the Hitachi Deskstar has a terrible reputation. 0 Reallocated Sectors, none waiting for reallocation, and it’s outlived three other hard drives, including that Seagate mentioned in my list above.
I also have a couple externalized SATA capable drive bays. My plan is to, at some point, get some cheaper low-size SSD’s and put some of my common played games on them, load them into the SATA external bays, and call them game cartridges.
I’ll eventually get that GTX 275 replaced… Some day, but not today.