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Heres a quickie for you all--

The story begins with a free Optiplex 990. Yes, free. My father works for a local attorney-for-hire business, and is pretty high up in the company. One night he off-handedly mentioned that the business was hiring new employees, and replacing a few of their dated PCs. Ramsden, the owner of the business is obviously pretty close with my family. He knew I quote unquote "knew a thing or two about computers", to which I replied that I certainly did. He told me that if I wanted the old Office PCs, they were mine. Otherwise they would just go to the recycling center.

Obviously, I wasn't going to let a few PCs go to waste.

My first payload my father brought home after a work day wasn't too special. Two Optiplex 760 units running DDR2 and Core 2 Duo chips. The second night, however, is where things got interesting. A third 760, and the Optiplex 990 that we are looking at today. What really caught my eye was the Core i5 sticker on the outside. It should be obvious why I chose this one to be my first to clean up.

Inside, I was amazed at the specs I got for a free PC. An Intel Core i5 2500, predecessor to the LEGENDARY i5 2500k, 4GB of DDR3, a Radeon HD 6350 dedicated GPU, and a 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive loaded with a full, OEM version of Windows 7 Pro. By then I figured out that I could totally put ~$150 into this PC and have a very nice budget/sleeper gaming build.

I had more pressing matters over the next few months, however. Christmas was coming, and I was focusing on my new main Ryzen build, Mother War. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rqNQzy)

My grandpa had off-hand mentioned to me that he was interested in a new computer, as his Pentium D furnace of an HP Pavilion was, er.... Showing it's age, to say the least. I set him up for Christmas. I cleaned up one of the Optiplex 760s for him, and threw some DDR2 I had laying around, as well as the HD 6350 I had from the 990, into his new machine. It works very well for his needs.

This, of course, meant that I was stuck using the Integrated GPU. It was okay for web browsing, Youtube, and GTA San Andreas. Beyond that, it was horrid. Thing couldn't even run Roblox. After just recently completing Mother War, I had a new project at stake.

Building

My original plan was more Ram, and a GT 1030. That all changed when the GT 1030s started getting hit by the Crypto train as well, going to prices into the $120s. I decided at that point to try out the used market. It treated me well. After about a weeks worth of watching the local listings on Facebook Marketplace, there was a guy in a city about 30 miles away selling a plethora of computer hardware. I shot him a message, asking him if there was something he had for a GPU I could toss in this Optiplex that was low-power. He messaged back, mentioning only a 750 Ti. I remarked about the power draw, and he offered to throw in a 500W PSU for $10. In total, I paid $70 for a 750 Ti and a 500W PSU. Good deal. Only drawbacks were driving for an hour to a semi-sketchy house. Both the house, and subsequently the parts, absolutely REEK of Marijuana odor.

As for Ram, I was initially just going to buy a 1x4 stick of DDR3 from Newegg and call it good. That all changed last Saturday, when luck struck me good. My stepmother's friends are moving out of town, and the husband of the two had tried selling off their Home Server with no success. The husband, Tom, offered the server to me for free, as it didn't have a PSU. Of course I took it, so now I have this server that I have no idea what to do with. (Hence my forum post about the ES Xeon chips, if anyone saw that.) However, the server had 12GB of DDR3 loaded up onto it. I took 4 of the identical Sticks, 8GB in total, and loaded them into the Optiplex. Worked perfectly, even better because it was a free Ram upgrade.

Overall, the 750 Ti has earned my title of "Little *** Kicker". For it's age, this thing is still beastly, especially considering how cheap they go for on the secondhand market. Very ballpark/Guesstimate Benchmarks I conducted are as follows;

Fortnite: Battle Royale 1080p, Medium Preset Averaged ~60FPS most of the time

Unturned 1080p, High Settings Averaged ~60FPS most of the time

ROBLOX 1080p, Max Avera- Is this even relevant? It ran fine. It's Roblox for Christ sake.

CS;GO 1080p, Max Averaged ~100FPS most of the time

Team Fortress 2 1080p, Max Averaged ~160FPS most of the time

Battlefield 1 720p, High Averaged ~60-70FPS most of the time

CONCLUSION

Im a 16-year-old PC gamer living in a divorced shared-custody situation. My main Ryzen rig, mother war, is located at my mother's house. I didn't have a half-decent PC at my father's house up until now. So far, I'm very happy with the results. The 750 Ti absolutely blew away my expectations. My general setup is less than tidy, but it certainly works.

Thanks for checking out my new "build"!

Part Reviews

CPU

Bottlenecks occasionally, but runs well most of the time

Video Card

Used for $60. Absolute tank, can even play modern games at lowered settings.

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

It's quote unquote btw.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, thanks

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely nothing wrong with that system, awesome job messing with it +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Works pretty good!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine does too lol btw is the side panel usually supposed to latch in or something cause mine just kinda friction mounts

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it latches. Its a similar mechanism to the 400C from corsair.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok well yeah mines broken lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Its so stupid that you cant screw the panel on tho

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Can never go wrong with a sleeper build. Nice

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

bf1 1080p?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

At 1080p, even at low, BF1 only keeps around 30-40. Playable, but not enjoyable.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to see another build of yours!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I have another project in the works. Not something for me, but my stepmom has been needing a new PC as her Sandy Bridge i7 laptop has been showing its age. She does a lot of heavy photo and video editing for a local garden club she's in. I'm thinking a 1600 and a 1030 will do her needs well for the next 8-9 years.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Might not be the most powerful rig but as long as it gets the job done while u are away from what i think is your more powerful PC Great job

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Certainly does get the job done!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for halo, personally I prefer halo 2 but nice build +100 for optiplex, my first ever build was an optiplex 790 ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer Halo 2 as well

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm about to put together a very similar build. My Optiplex is a 790 mini tower, with an i5-2400. I've got a 750 Ti I'll throw inside, along with a 128 GB SSD as a Windows boot drive. Depending on how it behaves with the stock PSU, a beefier power supply is next on the list of upgrades.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Id recommend replacing the PSU when you put the rest of those parts in.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That Marijuana aroma should help your GTA San Andreas frame rates ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It's already over 200 now.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it! Neat and clean. Love the way you mounted the fan.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Ghetto zipties are ghetto, lmao. Strung them through the front grate. They're held on very tight and the fan doesn't vibrate, so it works. Bonus points since there's a blue glow that shines through the front of the case now.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Super encouraging to see someone getting decent FPS out of an i5-2500! I've been working with an old workstation (i'm on a low budget) that came with 8gb (1x8) RAM and the 2500. I got a killer deal on an EVGA 1050 Ti SC and it seemed to breathe a ton of new life into that machine. Still working on overclocking the 1050 Ti but haven't been able to fully lock it in yet.

Good work on this Optiplex!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is long overdue, but are my eyes failing me, or is that the all powerful savior, TP?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I know it being on my bed looks suggestive, but I swear to god I posted this build in springtime and was going through allergies.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the PSU is a little junky. I know it said there was a 500b in the Part list, that's just a placeholder. The PSU is hardly getting stressed as is, but I'll probably switch it out in a bit.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are just looking for a similar PSU. 450 80+ bronze from EVGA is a pretty decent PSU for the money, and it's often on sale around $20-$30 if you are willing to fill out a rebate. +1 for the reuse of several different PCs :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I was thinking about that. There's always some non-modular PSU like a 450B or a CX 450 that go on rebate for really cheap. Might scoop one of those up next time I take in around $20 dollars.