Just after selling my RX 480 for an inflated price early in the summer, I came across a bunch of offices selling dell vostro 460s for 50$. These little beasts had 8gb of ddr3 1333, a 2tb hdd, a gt 420, and most importantly the tasty i7 2600. Since my old i5 3330 was getting a bit long in the tooth, I decided to flip the whole system without migrating any parts so I'd still have an i5/gtx 570 lan or guest pc as well as my new gaming/photo editing pc. Thus, I brought sandy bridge back from the dead for about 400$ CAD

i7 2600
Wish it was the K version, but still about 20% faster than my ivy bridge i5, given intels minimal performance gains this is still a great performer for games and photo editing. Would've been a steal for 50$ even without the ram, mobo, and hdd.

Vostro 460 motherboard
Very wide for m-atx but has 2 sata3.0 ports and a m-pcie. Listed as free since it came with the cpu.

16gb (4x4gb) all running at 1333 MHz, the top speed supported by the i7 2600. 8gb came with the dell but the other 8gb I traded for using the laptop ram I salvaged from a junker + a 7$ dimm to sodimm adapter.

Samsung 850 EVO
Great boot drive for a great price (85$ CAD), contains windows and a few games I play competitively. I'd recommend ssds for anyone doing a new build no matter how cheap.

Not necessarily this model but its a blower style from dell I believe, not quite sure. Purchased on r/hardwareswap for 100$ US (130$ CAD at the time) from a very nice and hasty user. It's fairly quiet and I was able to get a +176 MHz on the core and +150MHz on mem without upping the voltage.

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3
Tired of all my computers being in trash cases so I bought something decent with usb 3.0 and dust filters. Besides that my only request was for it to be compact, and boy this case is tiny. The mobo barely fits and I'd have to take out my hdd to remove it but it's perfect for my little shelf under my desk.

Corsair CX 600W M
Bought about a year ago and sat in it's box the whole time for some build I never ended up doing. Might be overkill but every psu needs a home so I tossed it in. Being semi-modular is also handy when the case has no cable routes.

WIFI adapter
Salvaged from a junked laptop, and convenient since the mobo has m-pcie. I use ethernet most of the time but the times I have used it was very snappy. The antennas are just stuck to the back of the case.

As stated I use this pc mostly for gaming and some photo editing and engineering renderings. Games like Overwatch run at max setting with an average fps of ~100, In PUBG the average fps on high is about 75 with drops down to 50 but this hardly a consistent benchmark.

UserBenchmarks: Game 65%, Desk 66%, Work 49%

Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i7-2600 64.3%
GPU Nvidia GTX 970 69.5%
SSD Samsung 850 Evo 250GB 80%
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB 111.8%
RAM Micron 16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1 BLE4G3D1869DE1TX0. 16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1 BLE4G3D1869DE1TX0. 16GB 50.1%
MBD Dell XPS 8300

Part Reviews


Still a great processor for gaming and can be found quite cheap. Would recommend over the fx 8350 any day.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Love it! Good use of salvaging older parts to make a competent and balanced gaming system.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. It's nice to save something from the scapyard, and the performance is not bad either.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I love Sandy/Ivy bridge. I actually got a really nice deal/trade for an i7-3700 to upgrade from my FX-8320.


  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet find and repurpose. Looks nice too. Great job.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

great finds and great frankenPC! love the chart too

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I would prefer the fx 8350. Its an 8 core, 4.0 - 4.2 Ghz processor...

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Granted it's '8 core' but IPC is more important than the frequency. In my experience between the fx 8350, i5 3330, and i7 2600, the former fell short in gaming especially.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I second this. Although those FX seires chips are good bang for your buck just because of the sheer amount of cores, i7 and i5 chips will out perform them in most tasks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

cough cough 4 core 8 thread

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I am still rocking at 2600 non K and paired with a 1070 it does everything I need it to.

8700K next year funds permitting but I feel no urgency.