Description

For the story, come over to the build log


A few things.

  • I was originally going for a different Phenom X2, but the Craigslist ad was taken down before I could get my hands on it. It's OK though.
  • Since I used a prebuilt case, it doesn't have very good airflow from the front or side. There is tons of negative pressure in the case.
  • The Hipro PSU was secured with a latch that I had to remove in order to install the EVGA one. Luckily it was very bendy metal.
  • I ordered the 500B, but they sent me a W1 instead. At least I was able to get some of the money back.
  • I had to finagle the GPU into the case, as there was very little room for it.
  • The motherboard cannot POST after a restart, you have to shut it down, unplug it (or turn off the PSU), and then turn it back on.
  • Everything marked "$0" was included with the prebuilt.
  • The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium.

What I've learned.

  • This is the kind of thing I should have done for my first 2 builds, except without the GPU.
  • 2GB is enough to get started with gaming. All tests I ran show that even without 4GB minimum, this system still is good to start gaming.
  • Minecraft is actually pretty GPU dependant. The old Radeon HD 4200 integrated GPU (motherboard) with the Phenom ran the absolute lowest settings of minecraft at the lowest possible resolution at 60FPS. Anything bigger would result in large framerate losses. The GTX 660 was able to run it at 1080p with similar settings (with an 8 chunk render distance difference) at 900FPS. No joke.

Future plans.

  • I'll definitely be putting more RAM in the system, as I know it might become way too little to quickly.
  • I might be gutting the system and putting it in a different case, most likely another N200.
  • I might get a better PSU for peace of mind in the future.
  • I'll probably be getting an SSD to make the system quieter and faster.

More links.

UserBenchmark Results

Fire Strike Results

Part Reviews

CPU

Obviously it's not a great CPU. For $20, it's probably the best for the money. This, paired with a GTX 660, runs the Unigine Heaven, Unigine Valley, and 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks OK.

Storage

It's a slower HDD, but because I got it with other crucial parts for only $50, I can't complain. It loads Windows 7 fast enough.

Video Card

For $70 from EVGA's B-Stock (unfortunately it is no longer available from there), it is a great card that rivals my (now $150) GTX 950 in performance. If you are able to find this card for around that price, I highly suggest it for a budget build.

Power Supply

It works. I would have preferred to have gotten the 500B I ordered, but this one does just fine under load. As long as it doesn't light a house on fire, it's OK for now. This is probably one of the first components that will be upgraded in the future.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I couldn't live knowing that much dust was in a PC. Thank you for fixing that.

  • 46 months ago
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I cried when I opened it. You are so welcome.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've cried too.....

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, that amount of dust is nothing compared to some computers I have seen.... I cri

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Liek if you cri evrietiem.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job. It's a valid pc again :-) +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, yes it is. Thank you. :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I love these builds

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for dust and story

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting idea! I gotta try something like this eventually with some old hardware

...maybe some super old Dell stuff

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you really have a use for this? I would try and sell it, make some profit, and rinse/repeat :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. This is a build for someone who paid me to do it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. Sorry I'm too lazy to read the desc

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That was one of the shorter descriptions I've typed. XD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive build for the money! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, good job +1

I wish the pictures would load though... ;-;

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

;-;

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Italian Sprint sucks....;-;

At least I can load PCPP :3

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally, good wifi!

Looks very nice, good job!

I love the GPU, I wonder where you found it. :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably what I should've done for my friend back in January, but I've learned a lot since then. ;D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You and me both.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

B-Stock doesn't seem to have many good things for sale anymore. :/

  • 1 month ago
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You ran 900fps on a 2gb card?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That meme tho

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