I'm pretty sure your uncle will stop buying mac minis!
I like it! God job finding all the secondhand deals
Everything was fine till... Oh man, poor you! that hdd... and that gpu... But at least you have an ssd. But still I would not trust nor would like to use such an old hdd. Good for windows 7 type of old pc's.
Still, it always feels good to build a pc from scratch :)
if gaming isn't an issue for you, start with the hdd; then proceed with the gpu in the second step.
The case is thick!!! But i suppose that what was available at that moment. Hinge side panel is a must-have.
The psu is grounded so I would run a wire that would attach to one of motherboard's post, one that would attach to the GPU rear bracket, one that would attach to each hdd (easy: use a screw in one of the availble holes under the drives). All of this because in a normal metal case every part is grounded, not in a DIY osb case.
I love the case! And I love itx builds in general, I'm always amazed to see how they can load so much features and connectors on silly small pcb's. Yes there are even smaller boards, but they aren't always fully customizable for DIY builders.
And now off to search for the GEEEK cases...
the case work itself is making the build! I got this "wow" effect looking at it. It could be an Athlon XP inside, I wouldn't care!
edit: but hey there is also some very strong components inside, starting with this Ryzen 9 beast. 150k raised? total success!!!
Lots and lots of potential for upgrade, I like that build!
I see you have room to properly fit 4x 2.5 drives if you get a 5.25 bracket for that. You have room in your expansion slots to plug a hdd controler card.
PSU is on the low side though. I'm suprised because usually these Dell's had plenty of unused power (but sometimes on the wrong voltage for modern usage).
Now because of you I will totally revive a super old and useless project that I put aside for year. Need room in the basement anyways, time to build crap pc's lol
I'm in the obligation to upvote this build, I really hope it still works! Add more pics, you seem to know how to take good ones.
I still do with my friends. It looks like 8-14 ppl in a hot and humid basement playing Starcraft, GTA2, Tetrinet, on beaten up P3, P4 (and now C2D - we ditched the P2's) pc's, and NES, SNES, Playstation, Karaoke and board games. With garden-LAN option if weather permits ('till neighbors start calling or showing up, because of noise). Yeah, we still do that!
If a device dies and we cannot make it work again, we destroy it with any or all the tools avaible from the basement. Sometimes pieces and parts fly out from the workshop room!! Security goggle required (or sunglasses).
I like it
Fury power plugs, lot of wattage! nice build
great!! by the picture I thought it was pulling hot air from inside the case.
congrats on your first build! I wish you many hours of gaming
Is there a specific reason to have the PSU breathe hot air from inside the case? I used to do that to exhaust more heat then found it's a bad iadea for 2 reasons and stopped doing it. (1. psu doesn't want hot air 2.more exhaust means negative pressure meaning more dust inside case)
to avoid crossing fingers, plug everything and test before installing inside the case!
I have to admit that sometimes I find a problem after installing everything in the case because I didn't test everything properly.
yes very neat "case". Any room for a gpu on that "case" if you want to add it later?
I always love that kind of build
I think it is far from junkyard components!!
I think your CPU will struggle, you will need to learn Nvidia CUDA thing to use your GPU power for all your calculation.
Sell that baby and build a new one from scratch! All advices above were good options.
That 5.25 dashboard looks complete!!! extensive features
I like the story. It needs more pics
Good gosh!! Probably stolen goods and he "needed" some cash badly.
Even without the monitors for 100$ it was already a very good deal.
I'm currently building from an i5-3450, they still make great computers!
It's clearly not the first PC I would steal if I was breaking into a place. I would ignore it totally! Good sleeper build
You're not alone! I keep in circulation (and active service) a lot of these old rigs. Just last year I replaced my father's Athlon II 250 and I plan on making sure his old computer still lives for a while!
USB 3.0 On a Dimension 3000, that looks fishy!! I love sleepers and your case is in such a good shape.
nice flip indeed!
Nice adventure!! With bonus cat+dog pic. So you're telling you can get some air coming in somewhere from the 4 holes in the front?
I don't see how you get bottlenecked by the RAM. G4560 can handle up to DDR4-2400 as well as the B250 chipset. If you use the slots to run in dual-channel mode you have access to the full ram potential. I think you're simply pushing your CPU to the limits, which is good, because you're not wasting it
nice little build! I currently have a B150 + G4560 and it's more than enough for my needs.
the 40mm fan: noisy or not? And what is the pcie adapter you used?
I'm not a big fan of RGB but I have to admit your wall of lights is beyond the RGB-for-computers concept. You derseve that feature for sure!
This thing is perfect. I clicked on it because the wood caught my attention!! It's PLA but it looked like wood. So small, I just love it.
What did you have before that computer? Somebody asked me for a Solidworks build and I'm not familiar with Quadro features.
I might end up throwing in a gaming card (RX/GTX) and hope it has enough power for CAD works.
I feel so old when I see something like "selling their old Ryzen" because they aren't old yet, to me!
DC out 12V 1.2A
could probably plug speakers psu in there
+1 for your courage!
The lowest I would go is Windows XP. Compatibility issues and eternal reboots for every little change would steer me away from 98. I do use some 98 systems a couple times per year but I do not install that OS anymore!!
Wow! Very nice result, great work
as for temp-not-so-good that you mentioned: I think your psu exhaust is fighting off with the case fan intake at the bottom, am I wrong? The air is not flowing, so take that into consideration on your next version.
is it heavy? how much did it weight
I would totally game on that thing.
My bad! Silly me, I didn't check the board hahahah you're so right about the no output.
I vote for the 970, it will pair well with the i5. I'm thinking the iGPU must be better than a 8800 GT anyways
You probably know it by now but you can change the jumpers on edie drives to set it to master/slave/cable select. Most of the time I place it on "cable select" and oly if I get trouble I set it manually to a fixed position.
generally master is the end of the ribbon, slave is the mid-connector.
I'm lazy, I don't post them all LOL And sometimes I just don't feel like they deserve to be here.
for 5-6 frames I wouldn't change but 15-20, if it has a visible effect I would make the change for sure!
how perfect it has to be to be called perfect? Come on!
I wish I could do as good as you did with 350$
take all the comments and use them for your next build, not this one.
ram: dual channel is over rated, real world performance in a gaming pc with a discrete gpu is a gain of approx +2% with dual channel ram. No need to get 2 sticks, 1 stick is perfectly fine.
cpu: 8th gen i3 is a quad core already, getting an i5 isn't a must at this point. I would be curious to know the real gain from i3 to i5 versus the game you play.
gpu: there probably is a difference from 3gb to 6gb, but I know from 4gb to 8gb there isn't much. You will have less vram to load textures, tune that down in your graphic settings and it should be ok. If the 1060 performance pleases you, 6gb isn'r a real worthy upgrade in my opinion.
psu: I'm not fond of Thermaltake TR2 series, I'm sure it will work well for a while, but there are better options at the same price point. I'm staying vague on this one, just saying "could have been better" but I've bought several TT-TR2 in the past as well. None of them destroyed my components, as far as I know.
There will ALWAYS be "you should have" and such and yes big bucks can always improve something computer-wise. What you did with 350$ is already a nice stunt! Just be proud of your work.
STX! So hard to find
I love upcycle/recycle
i7 3rd gen still good, don't throw them away!