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.