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I love budget projects! When I saw this Inspiron 3847 on Craigslist for $140 I had to scoop it up and see what I could do with it. The fact that it came with an SSD as a boot drive as well as a cheap GTX 645 that I could sell later was sweet, and I managed to negotiate the seller down another $20 to $120.00 total! I just listed that price under the mobo, but it includes the whole computer.

I already had an RX 550 4GB card sitting around that wasn't selling by itself and would be a great fit for this machine, as well as the cheap PSU from another Craigslist deal (I would never use this personally!). Those two things help make this PC a little more capable for someone using it to get into gaming.

Painted the case and installed a cheap LED CPU cooler to pimp it out a bit, and I am happy with the results! Cable management is a little difficult in this case because of the riveted panels and drive cages, but I did what I could. The green PCB mobo and RAM are also a little sad but overall the PC looks a lot better. This was my first time really modding a cheap case for a build, I would normally just buy a new one for $35.00, but it was a fun challenge to make this one work.

This is supposed to be a gateway computer to help someone get into PC gaming, and it performed pretty well in the tests I put it through. Played Overwatch, Fortnite, CS:GO, and League at 1080p/60fps with various settings. Maybe an alternative to a $550 gaming laptop or something for half the price.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Ill buy it. Does it have shipping? If your willing please email me at Patawon504@gmail.com! Great budget build.!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

The Haswell CPUs were great for gaming and still are

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy nice build! I also kinda did the same thing with my build, and i can definitely agree that giving the case a paint job looks great!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the power button to work? I bought an Optiplex 790 Power button for my Inspiron kinda sleeper build, and it doesn't look hot.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew this was an issue with these motherboards, so with this one I just kept the original case and power button assembly! I decided to pimp out the case vs. try a power button hack. The guy buying the computer didn't even notice it was a Dell until I mentioned it.

I wish someone made an adapter!