Description

So this PC has quite the story behind it. It is my 3rd build so far. My 1st build can be found here, my 2nd build was for a friend and isn't on here, and my 4th build was also for a friend.

Anyway, this PC was born out of a Dell Optiplex 7010 with a broken hard drive that I received for free from a school. I replaced the HDD with my 2TB WD Green and replaced the Radeon HD 7470 with an RX 550 Low Profile from MSI, and I installed Windows 10 Pro. (Don't worry I didn't pirate it, had a spare key) The CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU, ODD, case fan, case, speaker and keyboard are all from the school. The earbuds are my friend's (I'll get to him later) and the headphones are an extra pair I have, same with the mouse.

This PC is going to be a gift to my friend who is a PS4 gamer who wants to make the switch to PC. He's been saving for awhile but doesn't make a lot of money so he can't afford to get a good PC. I'll give this to him and with the money he has, I'll help him get an SSD and another 4GB of RAM. For the monitor he will be using a 1080p TV.

The pictures of this build don't show the RX 550 in the PC, they were taken before I put it in.

I only spent $90 on this PC (had to buy the RX 550) so I would say it's a pretty budget PC :) The actual "build" itself was quite easy, just swapping out the HDD and the GPU. I also cleaned out the CPU cooler, the fans, the HDD bays, and the mobo heatsinks, then installed windows and a couple games on Steam. I will post benchmarks later.

Will update with more pics and benchmarks once I give this to my friend and help him set it up. I think this will be a good little budget console killer rig and will help my friend make the switch to PC once and for all. He only really plays Overwatch, Starcraft, and CSGO, so I think all the specs it has right now will cut it, and I will be telling him to prioritize getting more RAM and an SSD before upgrading any other parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty good performance considering its age and only having 2 cores.

Motherboard

Does its job. BIOS is ugly and hard to navigate, so one star off for that. Can't really complain cause it's free.

Storage

An old hard drive that's still pretty fast, considering it's 5400RPM. I wouldn't recommend using it as a boot drive tho. (temporary measure till we can get an SSD)

Video Card

Great budget card! If your PSU isn't 250W like the one in this PC, get the RX 560 or 1050 Ti instead. One star off because it's only like $20 cheaper than the RX 560 which is much better but draws more power.

Optical Drive

Does its job. Only used it to install windows, so IDK how fast/reliable it is long term.

Operating System

It's windows. I hate the ads, but at least it looks clean and isn't a pain to navigate around.

Keyboard

Piece of junk. This was free so I can't really complain, but it gets super dusty and the keys have this weird angle to them. Also, the cable is unusually short.

Headphones

My old, junky headphones. They don't have a mic, the sound bleeds out so everyone around you can hear, they're uncomfortable, and they don't have inline controls. I'm giving these to my friend only because he has earbuds and not real headphones.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Man, I love any budget builds, and I love any builds that have a 550 in them. Combine them both, and you get one of my favourite builds! +1!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah man, it's a pretty good card for $90.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, nice build! I am waiting for my middle school to donate me an old Dell Optiplex (insert numbers here). Until then, my old Dell Inspiron 570 will just get a 1050 Ti. I have to say, for some reason I feel like I've seen this setup somewhere before... +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You have balls of steel. I would be way too worried about that PSU exploding.

Side note: the GT1030 is usually a batter choice for a gpu than the 550.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, a Dell isn't a Ferrari xD

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I would upgrade the PSU but it's a weird *** form factor and I don't really want to have to re route the cables in this tiny case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

See what I replied to LeMMingSlayeR. All my arguments for the gt1030 over the rx550 are there.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember my previous PC having this GPU, it sucked

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not showing any personal preference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zS5qQrvnJA shows the gt1030 beats the rx550 in many more games than it loses in (some by a large margin). Moreover, my video tested more than 3 games. 3 games is not at all an indicator of the strength of a gpu.

Moreover, userbenchmark doesn't actually give any real world fps. Synthetic benchmarks can only give a small idea of what a gpu can actually do, and that is ignoring that userbenchmark is a highly questionable place to go to for benchmarks.

Some examples of things that are flat out wrong on userbenchmark: The 1070 is faster than the 980ti, not slower (it says the 980ti is faster than the 1070).
The 1080ti IS BY NO MEANS THE VALUE KING (really, look it says the 1080ti gives a better value for the money than a 1070 or rx570).
The 1080ti isn't even the fastest consumer gpu. that's the Titan Xp. (it says it is the 1080ti).
The rx570 is way too low in terms of value for money (it should be first or second, third at the worst).

In short, no the gt1030 is better for almost all consumers for a lower price (at least by 10 or 20 dollars), faster performance, lower power draw, bring a single slot card, and having more value for the money.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, although crossfire is pretty much useless. Crossfire 550 would get smashed by a 1050ti.

Although I will agree that there is some degree of personal preference, although the w main thing is price. Rx550s are 30 bucks more for me than gt1030s so I couldn't reasonably buy a rx550.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It got smashed by my GTX 1060 3 GB :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

DOOM and Hitman are both well-optimized for Radeon cards, I would think a 550 would at least marginally beat a 1030 on those games, especially DOOM. Was the example given running DX or Mantle/Vulkan?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I love how much value you can get by upgrading an old prebuilt.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, although most of them have garbage PSUs, it's not all that hard to throw in a low profile GPU and get some decent performance!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

how thrifty of you

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep lol. This is probably the cheapest PC I'll ever build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, awesome build! I have a friend who really wants to build a PC but doesn't have much money to spare. I was wondering how you went about getting that old Dell. I am currently in college at a 20,000+ student University. Should I just go up to the I.T desk and ask?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

My mother works at a small elementary school and let me pick through their supply closet. There were 2 fully functional computers and one with a broken HDD, which they let me take, which I repaired and turned into this PC. IDK what your luck will be, but it's worth a shot. Thanks for the comment.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it pci express x16 port on the card to plug to the power supply?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure what you're asking but yeah the 550 doesn't require a 6 pin or 8 pin from the PSU, it just uses PCIE

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need a low power bracket? Asking because I want to upgrade my HD 5450 in my OptiPlex 990 Mini Tower (setup: Squarepower

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you mean low profile bracket? If so, yes. Most low power GPUs (like the 550 or 1030) include one)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I see no Intel DQ77MK.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a proprietary Dell Q77 board. Closest match was the DQ77MK. Doesn't really matter too much.