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
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.
DELL? GTX 970
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.
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.
|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|
Still a great processor for gaming and can be found quite cheap. Would recommend over the fx 8350 any day.