Another build I scrapped together from parts on the used market.
This one started as a system a guy was selling on Facebook Marketplace saying it was broken. I spotted a Radeon card and what looked to be a nice cooler. He didn't have much more information about the build so I gave him $50 and took a chance. He said it just wasn't turning on anymore so I assumed it was probably the power supply and worse case scenario I could get at least $50 if I parted it out.
When I got it home, it definitely was a bit of a mess. He had a few cables plugged into the wrong places and the cooler facing the wrong way but after replugging everything in, it booted! Non activated copy of Windows on a 1TB HDD along with a dual core Athlon and an HD 5770 and 4GB of RAM. I saw some potential for sure.
First step was getting some more RAM. I have a "vintage" build I haven't used in a while that I took the RAM from mwhich was a great start. The cooler was in rough shape and two cores don't get you very far in 2018 so I went out to a local computer recycling center and bought a quad core Athlon they had along with a stock cooler.
I was originally going to stick with the 5770 but I found the 750 Ti on LetGo not soon after as a nice little upgrade. I've found NVIDIA systems sell a lot faster since there's still a bit of stigma around AMD graphics cards for buyers who aren't as familiar with the hardware.
Hopefully I can find it a good home as a starter gaming pc!
Can handle light games in 2019. Can't complain for $10.
I was surprised to find out this does not have Ethernet drivers for Windows 10. I had it working intermittently but I ended up getting a separate card.
Nice little budget card for 2019. Hold up pretty decently and requires no auxiliary power. Great design by EVGA for the cooler as well.
I bought a few of these in bulk from a recycling center without the power supplies. Not too bad for airflow.
I wouldn't have bought this myself, but it's in a low wattage system so I'm not too worried about it.