I managed to wipe this whole page so i have redone it...more simply
My first pc was a store buy Compaq with intergrated graphics and 256mb of ram(ripped off) but it did the job at the time in 2002. I upgraded the Compaq to an ati9600xt in 2004 to play IL2 Sturmovik, the card was a real little ripper and i added a massive 1 gb stick of memory and then another later in the year! She absolutely flew along, although the 9600xt went well you really needed an nvidia card to get the best graphics out of IL2 so thus started my nvidia journey with which i am still on today.
First home build
core2duo e6600 @ 2.40Ghx clocked to 2.8 when gaming, P5N32 SLI Premium Asus mobo, 2 x 7900gs in sli. x530 5.1 surround sound and a 22" monitor.
When Asus Premium board turned up from the US of A i thought it was the coolest thing ever. So much so that i still have it bundled away even now in 2018:)
Replaced the stock cpu cooler with a Zalman copper fan a few weeks after the initial build.
One of the 7900's died in 2008 so enter the 9800GTX+, brilliant card.
Due to a storm in 2010 i lost the card and the Mobo in a surge/spike so all new gear time. Finally jumped of xp and moved to Win7, i had tried a dual boot Vista when Vista was released but was not impressed (at all) so reverted to just XP.
i5 @ 3.33Ghz clocked to 3.8 when gaming.
Gigabyte budget mobo which is a ball tearer for the dollars
GTX 460SE 1Gb
Finally splashed out on a newGTX560Ti 1gb card. Still all locked in the trusty old Sidewinder case
Well one would have hoped i would have upgraded a lot more by now but alas, no. I actually had to downgrade to the 460 card as the 560 died, artifacts, overheat, kaput. The trusty old 460 saw time through the Dayz Mod, World of Warships, Dayz Standalone and a bunch of other steam games. Then she started overheating so i replaced the thermal paste and got another few months out of her until she spiked at 100 degrees one fine sunny Brisbane summer afternoon and blackscreened. Had to go full budget and get a second hand Gigabyte GTX 560 TI
FPS was back what i was used to and all was fine again, for a month or so. Artifacts started showing on screen randomly despite good temps so time for another card. Something halfway decent. We had just got my lad a nice little rig, i7, Gtx 760 4gb, 16gb ram, water cooled, G1 sniper mobo. Thing is the mobo is tied in with the clunky Big Foot Killer Network software which is an issue with some games so we decided to get him a new mobo ( Gigabyte budget job), which required a new processor (i5 4690) and might as well get a new card ( GTX 960 OC 4GB). So i'll take his old card and i think that'll be the end of the line for this mobo and processor setup of mine. Hopefully my mobo and first gen i5 (661) will hold out until i can upgrade myself. Until then this will look pretty flash in the solid old Sidewinder box
Finally had to get of the old trusty Sidewinder case that has been by my side for 12 years. Poor old duck had started to rust and looked a bit worse for the wear after many house moves and lans with a lady over a bunch of years.Upgraded to a Deepcool Steamcastle case, smaller but sort of chunky.
Gigabyte H270M Mobo, as usual i don't need anything too flash.
Stayed with intel for the cpu, i5 7600k " 3.8GHZ
Stayed with Nvidia/Gigabyte for the card. GTX970.
Splashed out on the ram, 2x8GB sticks of Gskill TridentZ
Went with a basic watercool setup for the first time. Deepcool Captain 240EX AIO cooler kit. Nice easy little set up, had to rework the inside of the case chassis for a perfect fit though.
And because i had some change i grabbed a comfy Corsair M65 PRO mouse