Description

I found this completed build on Craigslist listed for $100, offered $80 and walked away with it. After ensuring it booted and functioned properly, I immediately disassembled the entire PC. This computer was.... very dirty. I cleaned all of the sensitive pieces with CRC electronic parts cleaner, compressed air, and rubbing alcohol while washing everything else. After a good cleaning I began to paint the case with some spray paint I had lying around the garage (gunmetal gray & flat black). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out as the dark colors suit the case design well.

Now the fun part... Hardware! The PC came with an E8500 Core 2 Duo but I had read about the LGA 775 to 771 mod in the past and have always wanted to give it a go. The mod consist of a slight modification to the socket and a sticker that's placed on the contacts of the CPU to allow a Xeon to run. It booted first try and I have been tinkering with it ever since! I am currently running the X5460 @ 4.2ghz - 1.3V up from the stock 3.1ghz - 1.2V and plan to go higher once I have more time to tinker.

I chose the RX 460 as I wanted something with a low power draw and the ability to play some eSports games @ 1080p. I would have tried to use the HD 4890 1gb GDDR5 that came with the PC but the lack of DX 11 was a deal breaker for me. The WD Black drive really surprised me... I originally had intentions of installing a cheap 64gb ssd but the Caviar drive is VERY peppy and I am happy with its performance.

I listed the exact prices I paid for everything and am satisfied with the $200 I spent. The upgrades were all from Jet.com utilizing their 15% off coupon codes and eBay. I'm not 100% sure if i'm going to keep this PC for awhile or not, but if i do then a SSD, PSU & GPU upgrade will be in the future.

Until then ... here she sits.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

This inspires me even further to go fix up my core 2 duo xp machine that's been sitting in my closet! Look's amazing compared to what you started with +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

This is easily one of the best budget builds that I've ever seen (including the upgrades and all). If this were my PC, I would remove the acrylic window, enlarge the hole, and replace it with tempered glass.

Still, though, very good job. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Still a better love story that Twilight!

This shows improvement, and seeing where one began and where currently is as far as knowledge. Thank you for breathing new life into a beautiful build, allowing it to age like a fine wine instead of milk! +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice restoration and revamp of this computer!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

some benchmarks please and good build for that cheap

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE IT!!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

im loving that case

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE LGA 775 systems, It cleaned up really well!

I recently did a Xeon mod to my Dell Optiplex 780 SFF (My main build still lol) and I replaced the old Core 2 Duo e8500 with a Xeon X3363 and the performance boost is massive, I would do it again if I could.

+1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It did come out great. I am going to keep my eye out for another mobo to do the 771 mod to since I have sold this build. I didn't think the dell boards would accept the mod, good to know!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell boards work fine! But you do have to find a custom BIOS because making a custom Dell BIOS yourself is a ***** lol But just use google and I'm sure you could find the proper modifed Dell Bios.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This cleaned up so nice! I never heard about the socket mod, that's awesome!