Your Mothership PC Components

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First post, by tincup

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At any given moment I have a PC which I consider my "Main" rig. It's where all the latest games and stuff go, where I surf the web, do business and so forth. It's the most powerful computer in the stable, though for a long time, before the retro bug hit, it was also the *only* computer [never owned a laptop or console].

Curious about the specific components to "take their turn at bat", I tabulated the central organs, in order of appearance by basic category: CPU, GPU, Audio and Motherboard.

I was surprised that with all the PC fussing over these last 18 years this list is as spare as it is. Eight CPU/AUDIO/MOBO appearances in 18 years = 2-1/4 years average life span. However one rig alone [AMD 64 4000+] accounted for at least 7 years on it's own, so averages are deceiving.

EDIT: Basically what I'm hoping we can do here is list by component - a change of pace to see the evolution of a category rather than the makeup of the actual rigs. I guess this is meant to be a component history, rather than a rig history. Also, NO NEED to list every last component; only those that saw real use in your everyday PC. So don't worry about all the backups, experiments, retro rigs etc...

Mothership PC Components: 1996-2014
486 DX-?
P200 MMX
C300A @ 450
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
AMD Phenonom 555BE @ 4.0
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.8

NumberNine-?/1mb [upgradable to 2mb, in 486]
3D-2000 Pro/4mb
3D-2000 Pro/4mb + Voodoo1/4mb
3D-2000 Pro/4mb + Voodoo2/12mb
STB Velocity 4400/16mb [didn't like]
Voodoo 5500/64mb
ATI 9700 Pro/128mb
2x 7800GT/256mb SLI [512mb total]
Radeon HD 5770/1gb
2x Radeon HD 5770/1gb CF [2gb total]
Radeon HD 7870/2gb

[un-recorded card in 486]
on-board Yamaha/OPL [AN430TX]
Monster Sound MX-300
Turtle Beach Montego I/Vortex 1
on-board Realtek ALC850
on-board VIA HD
on-board SupremeFX HD

[un-recorded IBM Aptiva 486]
Intel AN430TX
Abit VT-6 [died < year]
Abit VA-6
Abit SR-7
ASUS A8N-SLI/standard
ASUS Crosshair V Formula

Given the dedication to audio fidelity here on VOGONS I suspect my sound repertoire is pretty thin by comparison to many of you.
Free to post your own lists...

Last edited by tincup on 2014-03-25, 22:52. Edited 8 times in total.

Reply 1 of 89, by Mau1wurf1977

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It would take me too long to write up an inventory 🤣

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Reply 2 of 89, by tincup

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Haha I'm sure! But like I said I was surprised how brief it turned out. I'm not counting retro boxes, side experiments or brief flings or course - *that* would get complicated...

Reply 3 of 89, by JayCeeBee64

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Here's my list of basic components used for my Mothership PCs in a 20-year span (1994-2014):


Pentium 100 (dead)
Pentium 166MMX
Pentium 233MMX
Pentium 3 700 (sold long ago)
AMD Athlon 1.4 (dead)
AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Tbred (dead)
Pentium 4 2.4 Northwood
Core i5 3350p


Trident TGUI 9440 2MB (dead)
Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 (S3 Virge 325) 4MB
ATI Xpert 98 (Rage Pro) 8MB PCI
Matrox Millennium II 4MB PCI
Creative Labs Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT 16MB AGP (sold long ago)
Visiontek GeForce 2 GTS 32MB AGP (dead)
Leadtek GeForce 3 Ti 200 64MB AGP (dead)
ATI Radeon 7000 64MB AGP
Sparkle GeForce FX5500 256MB AGP
PNY Verto GeForce 6600 256MB AGP
EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB PCIe


Aztec Sound Forte/Galaxy? (can't quite remember - dead)
Gravis Ultrasound ACE
Sound Blaster 16 MCD CT1750
Sound Blaster AWE64 Value CT4380 (sold long ago)
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
Phillips Seismic Edge PSC704
SBLive! Value CT4870 (dead - got another one much later)
Dynex DX-SC51
On-board Realtek ALC898
Asus Xonar DG PCI


Unknown SIS Socket 5 (dead)
Jetway J-656VXC (dead)
Shuttle HOT-569 (dead)
Unknown Gigabyte 440BX Slot 1 (sold long ago)
Abit KT7A (dead)
Soyo P4I-845PE
MSI Z77-G43

During this time period I never had a laptop or brand-name PC (all were home builds); I also never had a console. The Athlon XP/Abit KT7A build lasted the longest (about 10 years) before it fried itself to death. The Pentium 3/Slot 1 build was the shortest - about 5-6 months before I sold it.

Ooohh, the pain......

Reply 6 of 89, by RacoonRider

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Mine might as well be the shortest. Since 2003 my main PC had these parts:

Celeron 1700Mhz (2003-2006)
Core 2 Duo E6300 (2006-2013)
Core Quad Q6700 (2013-...)

Radeon 8500 (2003-2005)
Radeon 9600XT (2005)
Radeon x1800GTO (2006-2011)
HD 5670 (2011-...)

GA-8PE800 (2003-2006)
ASUS P5B (2006-2014)

15" LCD NEC Multisync with integrated speakers (2003-2006)
17" Samsung 740N(2006-...)

All the other stuff was either integrated or not worth mentioning 😀 I would be still running Core 2 Duo, I'm completely satisfied with it's performance, yet I have found Xeon 3230 (rebranded CoreQuad Q6700) for $60 shipped and went for it. Core 2 Duo is now in my kitchen PC made exclusively for watching movies.

I like LGA775 and all the Conroe descendants very much and I look forward to staying on it for next 10 years 😁

Reply 7 of 89, by m1919

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Went through a lot of machines up until now, unfortunately there's some unknowns in what I remember being in them as I don't have most of the earlier rigs anymore and I was a kid when I had the earlier stuff up until the Pentium 3.

386DX 33Mhz: 1993-1996
Pentium MMX 233Mhz: 1996-1998
Pentium 2 350Mhz (Slot-1, too lazy to check sSpec): 1998-2000
Pentium 3 733Mhz (Slot-1 or Socket 370, sSpec unknown): 2000-2004
Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (Socket 478, sSpec unknown): 2004-2008
Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53Ghz: 2008
Core 2 Duo Q9450 2.66Ghz @ 3.5Ghz: 2008-2009
Core i7 920 2.66Ghz @ 3.8Ghz: 2009-Present

Unknown 386DX Board: 1993-1996
Packard Bell Multimedia S606 OEM board, Socket 7: 1996-1998
Intel SE440BX, Slot-1: 1998-2000
Unknown board, Unknown chipset, Slot-1 or Socket 370: 2000-2004
ASUS P4P800, Socket 478: 2004-2008
Gigabyte X48-DS4, Socket 775: 2008-2009
EVGA X58-SLI, Socket 1366: 2009-Present

Unknown, 1993-1996
Unknown onboard chipset, probably S3, 1996-1997
ATI 3D Rage Pro 4MB PCI, 1998
Unknown ATI cards, 1998-2004
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, 2004-2008
2x AMD Radeon 4870X2 in Crossfire, 2008-2011
EVGA GTX570 Doubleshot, 2011-2013
EVGA GTX770 Classified, 2013-present

Various SoundBlaster variants, 1993-2004
Various onboard chipsets, 2004-present

Crimson Tide - EVGA 1000P2; ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS; 2x E5-2697 v3 14C 3.8 GHz on all cores (All core hack); 64GB Samsung DDR4-2133 ECC
EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3; EVGA 750 Ti SC; Sound Blaster Z

Reply 8 of 89, by Standard Def Steve

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All main systems. Still have them except for a temporary i7-2600k system.

AMD 286-16 (1991-1997)
Pentium II 233MHz (1997-2002)
Pentium 4 1.8GHz (2002-2005)
Athlon 64 3500+ @ 2.5GHz (2005-2007)
Opteron 185 @ 3.0GHz (2007-2012)
Core i7-2600K (2012-2014) (this was just a temporary machine, as I'd always wanted to build a decked out LGA 2011 rig. I sold most of the components a few months ago.
Core i7-4930K @ 4.3GHz (2014)

Unknown (1991-1997)
Proprietary Compaq 440LX-based board (1997-2002)
Dell i845D-based board (2002-2005)
Gigabyte K8NSC-939 (2005-2006) (nuked by a cheap power supply. Learned an important lesson.)
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe (2006-2012)
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M (2012-2014) (temporary rig - sold)
Asus Rampage IV Gene (2014)

Unknown ISA VGA (1991-1997)
Integrated ATI Rage Pro 4MB (1997-2002)
GeForce 2MX 64MB (2002-2003)
Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB (2003-2005)
Radeon X800XT 256MB (2005-2006)
2x GeForce 8800GTS 640MB in SLI (2006-2012)
GeForce GTX 670 (2012-2014) (temporary rig - sold)
GeForce GTX 780 (2014)

PC Speaker (1991-1997)
Integrated ESS 1887 (1997-2002)
SB Live Value (2002-2004)
SB Audigy 2 ZS (2004-2007)
SB X-Fi Titanium Fatality (2007-2012)
Integrated Realtek ALC892 (2012-2014) (temporary rig)
Integrated SupremeFX III + NVIDIA HDMI audio going out to AV receiver (2014)

OEM Madness
Dimension XPS: P4EE 3.2GHz | 4GB DDR-400 | FX5950 Ultra | X-Fi | 500GB SSD
Presario 4850: PII 300MHz | 192MB SDRAM | V2 SLI + Rage Pro | DVD! Video-in! 1997!
Quad G5: 4x PowerPC 970 @ 2.5 GHz | 16GB DDR2-533 | QuadroFX 4500 | 512GB SSD

Reply 9 of 89, by retrofanatic

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This is easy for me because I can safely say my pentium 4 s478 3.2ghz on a 8knxp gigabyte board served me well from 2003 all the way until 2009 and then my Asus p4p800 took over just until last year where I finally upgraded to a core 2 duo e8500 with an Asus maximus formula x38 mb with sli ati radeon 6870 which is my main rig today. I was using some older socket 778 boards while i had my s478 to test out newer software and games but my s478 systems ran so rock solid for so long I really didn't feel the need to upgrade. Now I do love having my hd6870 s ...I know there are way faster options out there but for what I need I'm happy with my current setup...I'm not too into newer games and I still use and prefer win xp. I do have another core 2 duo that I plan to act as my win 7 system which again I know is no that fast but will be good enough for me. I7 systems are still too pricey for me for what you get...especially knowing that I want nothing to do with windows 8.

Reply 10 of 89, by Anonymous Coward

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x86 CPU
i486DX-33: 1992-1997
K6 200 2.9V: 1997-1999
PII 400: 1999
PIII 500: 2000
PIII 700: 2001
Celeron 1.2: 2001-2006
CoreDuo 1.83: 2006-2009
Core2Duo 2.13: 2009 - 2012
Celeron 2.4 Sandy: 2012 - Present

DTK PKM 0031Y: 1992-1995
Elite Group UC4913: 1995-1997
Mtech R534F: 1997
FIC VA 503+: 1998
Abit BX6 Rev2: 1999 -2000
Abit BF6: 2000-2001
Asus TUSLC-2: 2001-2006
Macbook Pro: 2006-2009
Asus P5B VM: 2009 - 2012
Gigabyte H61M D2P B3: 2012 - Present

ATi Graphics Ultra 1MB VRAM: 1992-1997
ATi 3D Pro Turbo PC2TV 8MB: 1997-1999
Voodoo3 3000 AGP: 1999 - 2001
GeForce2 GTS AGP & Voodoo2 SLI: 2001 - 2003
ATi Radeon 9600 Pro AGP: 2003 - 2003
ATi Radeon 9800 mobility: 2006-2009
Geforce4 AGP: 2009 - 2012
Geforce 210 PCIe 512mb: 2012 - Present

Sound Blaster 2.0: 1993-1994
Sound Blaster 16 MCD: 1994-1997
AWE64 Gold: 1997-2001
SB Live 5.1: 2001-2006
Whatever comes in a crapbook pro: 2006-2009
SB Live 5.1 (again): 2009 - 2012
Realtek ALC 889: 2012 - Present

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V'Ger XT|Upgraded AT|Ultimate 386|Super VL/EISA 486|SMP VL/EISA Pentium

Reply 11 of 89, by SquallStrife

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Interesting topic, like a normal "post your rig history" thread but sorted differently! 😜

I'll start with PCs that weren't mine, they were my dad's, but I used them a lot.

Pentium-100 (died)

Soyo something

Video 7 VRAM
ARK 1000PV

Sound Blaster 16 CT2740 (which I still have! 😁)

Next are my own PCs:

Pentium 3 450MHz
Pentium 4 1.6GHz (died)
Pentium 4 2.4GHz
Athlon XP 2800+
Athlon 64 3500+
Core 2 Duo E6600
Core 2 Quad Q6600 (got a sweet deal on this one, hence replacing the E6600)
Core i5 860
Core i5 2400

Asus SP-97V
Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro2
Asus A7V600-X
Asus A8N-SLI
Gigabyte 965P-DS3P
Gigabyte P55A-UD3
Asus P8Z68-M Pro

Tseng Labs ET6000 + Voodoo
GeForce 256 DDR
GeForce 3 Ti 200
GeForceFX 5600
Radeon 9800XT
Radeon X850XT PE
GeForce 8800GTS
Radeon 4870X2 (died)
Radeon 5850
2x Radeon 6870 Crossfire (died)
Radeon 6970

Sound Blaster 16 CT2740
SB Live!
SB Audigy ES (died)
SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio

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Reply 12 of 89, by Nahkri

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Amd K5 100(1996-2000)
Amd Duron 700(2000-2003)
Amd Duron 1300(2003-2005)
Amd Athlon Xp Barton Core 2500+ 1800mhz@2200mhz(2005-2007)
Intel Core2Duo E4300 1800mhz@3000mhz(2007-2011)
Intel Core2Duo E7400 2800mhz@3800mhz(2011-present)


Chaintech 5VGM(1996-2000)
Soltek 75KV+ (2000-2004)
Epox 8RDA3+ (2004-2005)
Abit NF7-S2 (2005-2007)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (2007-2011)
Asus P5Q (2011-present)


Dataexpert S3 Trio 64V+ 1mb (1996-2000)
Unknown brand Geforce 2 Mx 32mb (2000-2002)
Palit Geforce 2 Mx400 64mb (2002-2003)
St-Lab Geforce Fx 5200 128mb (2003-2004)
InnoVision Geforce Fx 5900xt 256mb (2004-2006)
Leadtek Geforce 6600gt 256mb (2006-2007)
Gigabyte Radeon x1950pro 512mb (2007-2010)
Palit Geforce 8800 GT 1gig (2010-2012)
PowerColor Radeon HD6850 1gig (2012-present)


Btc 1815 -Opti 925c sounchip (1997-2000)
Addonics-Yamaha 744 soundchip (2000-2003)
Creative Sb Live 5.1 (2003-2007)
Creative Audigy 2 Zs (2007-2014)
Creative X-fi Extreme Music (2014...)

Mb:JetWay 542C Ali Aladdin 5
Pr:Amd K6-3+:400MHZ @ 550 mhz
3D:Voodoo 3 3000 16MB
Sound:Turtle Beach-Montego A3dExtreme(Aureal Vortex 1)
Hdd:Maxtor Fireball Plus 8 40g,7200rpm,2mb cache
Os:Windows 98SE

Reply 13 of 89, by sunaiac

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Intel 486 SX 33 (1994)
Intel 486 DX2 66 (1996)
Intel Pentium 200 (1997)
Intel Pentium II 333 (1999)
Intel Pentium II 400 (2000)
Intel Celeron Tualatin 1200 (2002)
Intel Pentium 3-S 1266 (2003)
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Newcastle (2400MHz, 512K) (2004)
Intel Core 2 Duo TXXXX ? (2006)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2008)
Intel Core i7 930 @ 3.83/1.3v (2010)
Intel Core i7 970 @ 3.83/1.3v (2012)
AMD Phenom X4 955 (current secondary) (2012)
Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.83/1.15v (2013)
Intel Core i7 980X @ 4.13/1.26v (current) (2014)

? (486s)
Asus P55T2P4 (P200)
MSI 6163 (PIIs)
Asus CUV4X (Tutu 1)
Asus TUSL2-C (Tutu 1 and 2)
Gigabyte GA 754 something (Newcastle)
? (C2D)
Gigabyte P35-DS3R (C2Q)
Gigabyte X58-DS3R (950, 970)
Gigabyte 990FX-DS3R (current secondary) (Ph2)
Gigabyte G1-Assassin (current) (980X)

Cirrus logic GL5424
Matrox Mystique 170
Intel 740
nVidia Riva TNT + Creative 3Dfx2
nVidia TNT2 Ultra
nVidia Geforce 3 Ti 200
nVidia Geforce 4 Ti 4200
ATi 9800pro
ATi X800XT
nVidia 8800GTS
ATi HD4850
nVidia GTX275 (current secondary)
ATi HD5870
ATi HD6870 CrossFire
AMD HD6950 @ 6970
nVidia 580GTX @ 950
AMD HD7970 @ 1150/1500
AMD R9 290X @ 1150/1400 (current)

Sound blaster compatible crap
Creative Sound Blaster AWE32 CT????
Creative Sound Blaster Vibra 16
Creative Sound blaster Live
Integrated crap
Integrated crap
Integrated crap
Creative Sound Blaster XFi Titanium (current secondary)
Creative Sound Blaster XFi (integraded G1 Assassin, current)

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R9 3900X/X470 Taichi/32GB 3600CL15/5700XT AE/Marantz PM7005
i7 980X/R9 290X/X-Fi titanium | FX-57/X1950XTX/Audigy 2ZS
Athlon 1000T Slot A/GeForce 3/AWE64G | K5 PR 200/ET6000/AWE32
Ppro 200 1M/Voodoo 3 2000/AWE 32 | iDX4 100/S3 864 VLB/SB16

Reply 14 of 89, by Half-Saint

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486DX-40 (mobo #1)
Pentium 120 (mobo #2)
Pentium 200
Celeron 333 (mobo #3)
Celeron 667
Athlon XP 1600+ (mobo #4)
Athlon XP 2200+
Athlon XP-M 2400+ (mobo #5)
i3-2100 (mobo #6)

#1 - unknown 486 VLB motherboard
#2 - FIC PT-2006 (still have it)
#3a - Soyo SY6BA+III (AGP port died, had to RMA)
#3b - Soyo SY6BA+IV (sold)
#4 - Asus A7V266-E (2001-2004, still have it)
#5 - Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe (2004-2009, sold)
#6 - Asus P8H67 (2.2012-present)

Between 7.2009 and 2.2012, I was using a Toshiba Satellite Pro A200-1NB as a desktop replacement. Served me well and is still being used on regular basis by my mother.

Sorry, if I don't list the rest.. too much to write and memory is hazy in parts 😉 I always liked to tinker with parts and I regularly upgraded my systems with better CPU, more RAM and a better graphics card.

My current rig is still going strong after 2 years and the only thing I might end up replacing soon is the Radeon 6850.


Reply 15 of 89, by tincup

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It's interesting examining everyone's 'front line' components without reference to the actual build - a snapshot of the evolution of a component. It's also amusing that we all seem to have an "unknown" 486 based part early on..

Reply 16 of 89, by ODwilly

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486 (unknown) mobo #1
Celeron 300 mobo #2
p2 350 mobo #2
p3 450 mobo #2
478 p4 533fsb 2.4ghz mobo #3
478 p4 522fsb 2.8ghz mobo #3
Athlon llx2 3.0ghz mobo #4
fx 8350 mobo #4

#1 Unkown Riser card Packard Smell 486
#2 Unkown Slot 1
#3 Soyo P4S Dragon Ultra socket 478
#4 AsRock Extreme 4 990fx

#1 (who knows)
#2 ATI Rage all-in-wonder 32mb (sweet tv set up back in the day!) Riva tnt2 at some point as well.
#3(same as above) upgraded to NVidia Geforce 6200 256mb
#4 Sapphire radeon HD 7770 ghz edition.

Also the family pc for years was a Dimension E310 with 2gb of ram, a 2.8ghz 775 p4 and the worst integrated graphics ever. Did not help that Dial-up was the only thing available.

Main pc: Asus ROG laptop. I7-6700HQ, GTX 960M 4gb, 16gb DDR4.
Retro PC: Soyo P4S Dragon, 3gb ddr 266, 120gb Maxtor, Geforce Fx 5950 Ultra, SB Live! 5.1

Reply 17 of 89, by Darkman

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good question , I can't remember every PC component in every machine I ever owned, but these are some of them over the years, I will only list computers I actually owned, as opposed to the 486 machine I used in the early 90s , but belonged to my Dad.

First PC (1997-2001)

this PC was built for me by my Dad as a birthday present

an ASUS Socket 7 motherboard
Pentium 166
32MB RAM , later upgraded to 64MB
8GB Hard Drive
Sound Blaster 16 of some kind.
can't remember which graphics card, but I didn't have any 3D acceleration on it.
Windows 95, later upgraded to Win98SE.

Im a bit confused about the CPU , I have a faint memory of being told there was a Pentium Pro in this machine, which could have been the case since my dad who built it , worked with servers as a job, so he may well have been able to get a Pro cheaper, however that PC struggled to run Red Alert 2 , so Im not so sure.

After that I used a P4 machine which wasn't mine for about a year , before that machine got hit with a power surge, and had to be replaced, pretty crappy PC tbh , quite slow, and had WinME on it

2nd PC (2002-early 2008)

ASUS Socket A motherboard (again , can't remember which one)
Athlon XP 1800 , later upgraded to a 2100
512MB , later upgraded to 2GB
a few GPUs , some of which I can't remember , one was a Geforce FX series card I believe, which eventually failed, another was an X1650
WindowsXP Pro

I regret selling that computer now, would have made an excellent WinXP machine.

3rd PC (2008-2011)

can't remember the Motherboard
Core2Duo E4500 2.20Ghz
3GB RAM later upgraded to 4GB
can't remember what it originally came with , but I quickly got an ATI 4870.
WinXP Pro later upgraded to Windows 7 Professional

4th PC (2011-2013)

M4N68T-M V2 ASUS AM3 motherboard
Phenom II X6 1055T 6 core 2.8 CPU
AMD 6870 GPU (specifically the ASUS DirectCU version)
1TB hard drive
Windows 7 Pro

Current PC

Asus P8Z77-V LX2 Motherboard
Intel Core I5 3570K
still using the 6870 , which I want to upgrade sometime
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS which I managed to find cheap , works a whole lot better than the onboard audio.
8GB DDR3 from Patriot (Intel Extreme Masters)
same 1TB hard drive

I was actually pretty amazed at what a difference that Core I5 made to the games I was playing, it let the 6870 go to 100%, which saw Max Payne 3 running at 90+ FPS on full detail in most situations , twice what that Phenom II managed.

and yes I like ASUS products (I think I got that from my dad who was also a fan of their products)

Reply 18 of 89, by Robin4

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If i looking to all of these lists, iam guess i have the most parts here.. And not everything is here at my hobby place.. Some i have down stairs stored in my temporary storage room..
I have different kind of processors here. But the most i have stored in factory trays. Now i have got six of them.

Maybe i will make some pictures when i have be in a good mood, and have some time to do so.

~ At least it can do black and white~

Reply 19 of 89, by tincup

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Your list need only include parts that saw real service in your main "Mothership" rig - your day to day workhorse - not necessarily every part that got tested or used in a backup/experimental/retro build. Segregating by part makes it different and interesting too. I'm looking for a way to cut through the mountains of gear 🤣