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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

TOTAL: $50.39

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!!

Part Reviews

CPU

Only 2 cores and no hyperthreading but for $10 a 3.33GHz 6MB cache processor is a pretty good deal.

Memory

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

Storage

SSDs are getting so cheap. Sandisk is a good brand and 20 is a very good price for 120GB

Video Card

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.

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  • 4 months ago
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gotta congratulate with the underdog in this whimsical world.

  • 4 months ago
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Thanks

  • 4 months ago
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If this were my computer id throw windows xp on it. Its not a bad setup for that and with the age of the parts offers pretty good compatibility (such as games like halo combat evolved). I have a system with a core 2 duo e8400 (3ghz) with 4gb of ram and an HD 6670 GDDR5. I might actually get an older card such as an hd 4670 since some of the older games like dirt track racing are forced to used the core 2 duo integrated graphics (its trying to detect gpu's like glide and 3dfx). If you are trying to make this into a windows 10 machine i would save your dollars.

  • 4 months ago
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Hi aron304 I am using Windows 10 because I use Windows 10 and I like the features that it has instead of Windows XP's features. The core 2 duo series does not have integrated graphics so I don’t really understand. Thanks for the suggestion though!

  • 4 months ago
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if its your only device i completely understand. I think its ideally though if you ever go to a more powerful machine the eventual path for this stuff would be for windows xp.

  • 4 months ago
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Yes I am currently building a new system with much better specs (i5 9600kf, rtx 2060). I’m probably going to put Windows XP or 7 on this

  • 4 months ago
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Wow, this is quite a demonstration of retro salvage. I'm interested in finding parts for a 4:3 gamer (1024x768 etc), to play all those old games that aren't adjustable for today's wider screens. You have gone even deeper into minimal requirements but it's a good point of reference.

  • 4 months ago
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Hi phooeyptooey (nice name😊) if you want to play at 1024*768 you should probably get a 550 ti or 460 ti but these cards are kind of power hungry so make sure you have a decent power supply with 6 pin. Thanks

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  • 4 months ago
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did you even read the description before you posted this

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  • 4 months ago
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Hi AySeaDee_Gaming this is around 10 years old.

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  • 4 months ago
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Yes this is a 2008 machine and it came with windows vista pre installed. Windows 8 did not come 13 years ago so maybe you upgraded the windows later??

  • 4 months ago
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This machine now has windows 10 home

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