My old computer was on it's last legs, nine years old this year.
It ran well but couldn't handle even youtube anymore, sometimes it takes 30 seconds for a web page to load.
I just couldn't take it anymore.
So I decided to build my own.
It took about 2 months to decide what I wanted and how much to spend and then making sure all the parts would be compatible with each other. This involved reading reviews, going to forums and seeing what other builders were doing and why. Then looking for the best deals, sales etc.
So I finally ordered the parts.
After coming home for a few days and looking at all the parts everywhere I wondered "what have I done?".
Here's the part list:
cpu: I7-875K and
cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 $248
motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 and
os: Windows 7 home premium 64bit $195
HD: Samsung f3 spinpoint $70
optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $25
case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced $90
ram: 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 1600 $110
mouse: Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.1A and
keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 $35
psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W $86
gpu: XFX HD-577X-ZNFC 5770 1GB $160
monitor: ASUS VH222H Black 21.5 $180
I'm happy as a pig in mud.