ALL PRICES ARE IN USD Hi all, I got a Dell Vostro 200 for free because some of our friends were going to donate it. I thought it would be decent... I was very wrong Original Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @2.66 GHz 3MB Cache 3 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM (2512 MB and 21GB) 160GB Hitachi Deskstar 7200RPM HDD Foxconn G33MO2 Micro-ATX OEM board All Dell OEM parts (PSU, DVD) And the most important thing... INTEL G33/G31 INTEGRATED CHIPSET GRAPHICS .... FROM 2007!!!!!
I took the machine and thought I could squeeze out a few old games at around 30fps at 720p. I first tried playing call of duty (the original) at got a OpenGL error saying that I needed to update my graphics card drivers. This was a 2003 game so I had my hopes up for the game to at least launch. After installing the latest drivers off device manager and off the Intel website, I still got the error. I then realized if I actually wanted to do useful stuff on this machine, I would have to upgrade.
I set myself a budget-$75 After a short time, I found a CPU- an used Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 for just $10 on ebay I then found 2*2GB of Corsair XSM2 DHX 800 MHz RAM for $10 and the owner was happy to let it go for $6. I found a 120GB SATA 3 SanDisk SSD for just $20 on ebay And finally, after a lot of searching and time I found a brand new Visiontek HD 6350 with VGA, DVI, and HDMI. Most of time when I searched up HD 6350 I got cards with DMS-59 connectors and my HD6350 was looked and performed similarly to the HD 5450, a much more popular card. I got this for $14.39 on Ebay from a liquidation/recycling site. I could have gone for a 550ti for around $10 more but that needed 6 pin power connectors but my OEM PSU did not have one. I also salvaged a Seagate 2.5" HDD 1TB drive
New Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 @3.33Ghz 6MB Cache 6 GB DDR2 667 MHz (21GB + 22GB) 120GB Sandisk SATA 3 SSD 1TB Seagate Barracuda 5400rpm HDD VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 6350 1GB SFF Graphics Card Everything else unchanged I am now able to play games over 8-10 years old at around 40 fps at 720p Thanks for reading and let me know if I missed anything or have any suggestions on what parts i could have used!
I WILL BE MAKING ANOTHER BUILD SOON. Stay tuned!!
Only 2 cores and no hyperthreading but for $10 a 3.33GHz 6MB cache processor is a pretty good deal.
Good ram and solid construction in general but did not cooperate with my existing 2*1 GB of RAM so it got slowed down to 667 MHz
SSDs are getting so cheap. Sandisk is a good brand and 20 is a very good price for 120GB
I wouldn’t have gone for this card if my power supply had a 6 pin because this card gets hot and doesn’t have the best bang for your buck. Overall decent card for a HTPC computer.