Tried to buy this case a couple of weeks ago, but everywhere was either sold out or didn't ship to Ireland. Looks good.
Don't know about budget, I doubt there's anything this won't run at medium/high settings at 1080p. Well done on getting a powerful mini-itx together at this price though. I'd add an exhaust fan to the rear of the case if it were me.
How was the motherboard? I'm looking at a cheap htpc (unbuilt, but with most of the parts there) with the same one.
What are the 2 slots in the case, above your power supply, for? Redundant power supplys?
delidded.com says the Xeon X5470 has been tested and works in this machine. That doesn't neccessarily mean its plug and play, you may have to replace microcode or use a modified BIOS. The end result would be a 3.33GHz quad core though, which would dance rather gracefully with a GT 1030 me thinks. Watch your TDP's though, the X5450/5460/5470 all run at 120W, not sure what your PSU is capable of.
I'd get a couple of bits of 2x4 cut to length and put them under it to rise it off the floor a little, can't hurt, may very well save you buying a new PSU
Is the power supply bottom mounted in that case? And if so, isn't it starved for air?
Good reason to see it featured in my opinion. I love watching the comments section when people make assumptions, especially about power supplies.
Just a question on your storage, you say you have a 8TB external connected but you might install a larger hard drive at some point. Why not just cannibalize the external? As in just remove it from the external enclosure and install it inside your case?
Q9550 arrived but i haven't had a chance to test it yet. One really annoying thing was they put a sticker, like a QC passed kind of thing on the bottom of the CPU, over all the components in the centre between the pins. It was made from very thin paper and had very excessive gooey glue. took 2.5 hours to clean off.
Yeah I avoided the too good to be true priced ones and went for a "going rate" one that comes from a seller with good reviews. Has the same shroud and fan that OztalksHW on youtube reviewed, so i'm hopeful. Around 50 euros, my RX460 was 95 euros, so at approx half the price i'll take the 30ish per cent performance hit
Tried finding the 64 bit version of the OEM Dell XP disc, seems to be like hens teeth
much like a build i am working on at the minute, with an x4 760k, but my rx460 appears to be kaput. Desktop fine. Video fine. Cut scenes fine. Game play 10 mins max and it black screens, hangs there for a bit then dumps you on to the desktop, keyboard and mouse control don't come back for about 15 mins. its weird. Card has a warranty from the reseller anyhow, so I guess i'll wait for a 750ti from china!
nice to see mucho RAM playing well with macho cooler!
Roughly 26.50 USD
My first time seeing this, it's amazing!
It confused me a bit, I thought the proprietary connectors were becoming less of a thing! Have an old acer veriton M275 here now that I am upgrading and gifting to a friend. Standard MB connector thankfully, but it must have served some time as a stepstool, the chassis is bent like a banana and the front panel no longer fits, none of which was pictured or mentioned in the ebay listing!
Q9550 is 23 euro on aliexpress at the moment, I have one ordered. I ordered an A6-6400k on the cex website once. It arrived with thermal paste between the pins, three of which were bent and it was wrapped in bubble wrap and stuffed in an envelope. I returned it. I then ordered one on aliexpress for a few euros less. It arrived (a month later) in perfect condition, packed in a purpose made plastic container, and with a Ryzen 3 sticker for some reason!!!
PSU went bang after I posted it on here, replaced with a corsair TX550M. Fit straight in. My friend bought the optiplex 9020, he needed an adaptor for the motherboard power cable.
You work around it or temper your expectations most of the time, a lot of stuff I get from China. People really do use stuff until it's dead here, or if it isn't dead they will put it in their attic thinking they will use it again someday. Other thing is that when something dies, rather than bring it to someone like me who will happily fix it at cost, they will dump it, and as far as I'm aware it's illegal to take anything from the recycling/dump in Ireland. One guy working there let me take a PC once, it was a win98 Dell dimension!!!
I logged in to the site on my phone just to upvote this, despite knowing how much of my time it's going to sap being on here with my phone. Hope you're happy.
Here in Ireland the used parts market is very limited, bricks and mortar stores are pretty much non-existent, and postage for online purchases is often prohibitive. I bought my Xbox one before I built my gaming PC, but I still built it. Reasons for doing so were partly for old games and emulation, and partly because i liked having more control over the whole experience. On consoles if microsoft, nintendo or sony don't want you to have it, you usually can't get it. On PC, someone will have found a way to do what you want to do, and a quick search on youtube will usually sort you out.
Thanks for the quick answer, i'm really just looking for something i can send videos to and then play them back on a 4k smart TV. For instance, when I look on the FreeNAS website, it recommends 1Gb or 10Gb ethernet connections, whereas I have a connection speed of under 100Mbps. Although they recommend that they are intel or Chelsio cards so maybe thats more about compatability with their software. Also they recommend ECC RAM, I honestly don't know why that would be needed (and suspect it isn't). At the moment i'm looking at a Xeon on an X79 board from aliexpress.
Also, is it a trick of the light or did you install a laminate floor in your case?!! (2nd pic)
Interested in building a NAS server myself, just wondering about the i5 you have in there. Given that a lot of prebuilt NAS boxes (including the WD mycloud I currently have and despise) seem to use relatively low powered dual and quad core ARM processors, what are the advantages to the extra firepower you have here? (CPU, RAM)
Building something very similar right now, in my case i'm waiting on the CPU, a 760k from aliexpress, 25 euro! Also have 1866 ram (corsair dominator) and waiting on an RX460 (95 euro)
Have you tried it with a PS2 emulator? I have the same CPU. Mine slows down quite a bit when there is more than one car on the screen in GT4, but I have it paired with a crap graphics card.
Research your parts carefully, in particular, make sure your cooler won't foul the heat spreaders on your RAM, this is particularly important (I find) if you are using a top down cooler. After that its a matter of imagination, deal hunting, youtube, and when your parts arrive its like you are a kid seeing lego for the first time!
wait, sorry, checked the pictures again, i meant the blue sled type one?
Thanks, only seeing this now, moved house about a month ago and just got my internet connection switched over this week!
I bought it on impulse really cheap, it fits under my TV!
Is this how the all in one was invented?
Of all your machines this is my favourite, I have put an XP machine together myself just for cheap games from the charity shop. Dell Optiplex 360 DeskTop, upgraded with a HD7570, 4Gb DDR2 800, C2D E8500. Plays Crysis fine!
Hi, I like your build, I have something similar. Just wondering, where did you get the 2.5" caddy to fit the dell case?
http://i.dell.com/sites/doccontent/shared-content/data-sheets/en/Documents/Dell_OptiPlex_9010_spec_sheet.pdf Mini-tower is the one on the far right, and accepts full height cards, the next two are the DT and SFF, have funny power supplies and accept low profile cards, on the left is the usff, no pcie slot and as far as i know takes an external (laptop type) power supply
Yeah I think the GTX 960's are actually GTS 450's, hadn't heard about the 970's, although I have heard there were 1050ti's up there also, if they'd put half as much effort into knocking out some genuine GT1030's at that price they might actually succeed, oh dear, i've just given them an idea, haven't I?
Damn it, GOOD NEWS THOUGH! they are now selling GTX 960's on ebay for....... €42!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So there's an easy fix!!!
they came in 4 different form factors, MT (mini tower - think your average sized mATX tower case)
DT (desktop - will take half height (low profile) dual slot cards) SFF (small form factor - I THINK it will take the same cards as a DT but be careful about the power supply) and USFF (ultra small form factor - no expansion slots), best way to identify which one you have is to download the brochure from the Dell website and compare your power supply to those listed. Mine is the mini tower, so it will take full height dual slot cards, up to 9 and a quarter inch long if my memory serves me correctly. You can go longer again if you are willing to hack away a drive cage. Sorry for the late reply!
OzTalks on youtube bought one and stripped it, turns out its a 550ti flashed with a modified firmware to force your pc to recognize it as a 750ti
Thanks bud, a work colleague was looking at putting one in an optiplex mini tower, i will advise against it!
Hey, love your builds! Did the 750Ti come from Hong Kong/China by any chance? Saw a few popping up on ebay at about €42, wondered about the quality, they were also 1Gb and had an external power connector.
The Seasonic looks like a winner, i've just found the specs on it, its actually shorter again than the EVGA B3, so happy days! Thank you Eltech!
dimensionally the evga b3 is 150mm deep from what i can find, and the dell psu i'm replacing is around the same i'm not hugely concerned about budget as long as i can find one to fit, and would pay a few quid extra for flat/modular cabling to make life easier. This is where the ATX/PS2 standard becomes annoying, as long as it conforms retailers won't take the time to list dims! Thanks so much for your help.
think with all of that in there the rig should be using 275W, dell psu rated 305w i think, and apparently they were realistic on the draw for the mini tower psu's
i was looking at this PSU myself, purely because it is 10mm shorter than most other ATX PSU's, and will not foul the side panel catch on my optiplex 9010 MT (i7 3770, 16Gb 1600MHz RAM ASUS GTX 1050 ti expedition, samsung 850 pro 128 Gb) can any of you lovely helpful people suggest an alternative?
yeah i get what you're saying, almost any other processor would be a step up, but if the OP had to change that many components would it not be more cost effective to sell the rig and start anew?
yeah the stock dell cooler seems to be the same fan they use as an exhaust on the case screwed (badly) to a fairly large aluminium heatsink, bought the cooler master before i had it running, as i thought it had the stock intel and would be noisy, in fairness i have the tower sitting on top of the desk beside my monitor and there is little to no noise with the dell cooler, score one for BTX i suppose! GPU is an ASUS GTX1050Ti expedition 4Gb, although i mostly put the whole thing together for my wife for photo editing, hence the 16Gb ram
Aftermarket cooler doesn't seem to fit the Dell board (cooler master hyper 103). Stuck another 8Gb ram in there, now have 4 x 4Gb DDR3 1600! Dual booting win7 pro and ubuntu, if you are using win7 watch out for the ethernet/NIC drivers, dell website keeps pointing to drivers for an add in card. I finally found the on board driver on the intel website, Intel 82579LM. Didn't have any driver issues with ubuntu.
Would mean a whole new build. Ryzen 3 or i3 would both need a new mother board, ryzen and later i3's will need DDR4 ram