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UPDATE: Swapped video card for an EVGA 750 Ti. This system really screams now. Plan on getting an SSD for boot drive soon. Also plan on changing CPU cooler. The fan seems to have issues working properly and I don't really like the heatsink. System is also now running Windows 10.

UPDATE 2: I will be transitioning this system to a home server in the near future.

There are a few edits to the actual parts list to the left and I will mention them as I go through the parts.

CPU: Core 2 E8400. Cuz it was 10 bucks. This actually was not the CPU in the donor system. It had an old school Pentium D (not Pentium Dual Core) based on the last Pentium 4 chips. Literally two Pentium 4's glued together. I now understand why grampa's computer was always so slow. The stock cooler that Acer put in the thing was terrible.

CPU COOLER: Actually a Scythe Mugen 2. Nearly identical for all intents and purposes. In my case I had to mount the cooler sideways to fit over the heatsinks on the motherboard chipset. I did not really expect the heatsink to be as large as it is. It clears the side panel by a about a 5mm. I have had no heat issues with the heatsink and fan pointed towards the top of the case as the rear fan seems to do a good job pulling air out of the case.

MOTHERBOARD: Actually an Intel DQ35JO. I have a lot of experience with these boards and decided as part of nostalgia that I would like to build another system based on this board. Board cost 35 bucks. Original system had a no name Acer board in it. No features. Had to go. Enjoyed every minute of the build except for the memory.

MEMORY: Kingston KVR800D2N5/4G kit. Actually this is still on order. This motherboard has a silly requirement of only being compatible with dimms that have 8 chips on each side of the dimm. I had ordered a 4GB set from Crucial but it would not work due to that incompatibility (has 9 chips on each side). Right now the system is running on 3GB of random memory I had scattered around running at 533MHz.

STORAGE: Toshiba 500GB. I actually don't have any real plans for this system and when I purchased this drive it was only 30 bucks, somewhere (I can't remember). Anyways, I can expand the storage down the road if I like.

VIDEO CARD: Right now there is an old ATI RADEON X1800 GTO in the system. Actually performs OK but it will not do 1080p due to there being no official Windows 7 drivers available and no support from AMD. When it comes down to it the on board Sandy Bridge Intel graphics will out perform it but this way with the lower and slower memory installed at the moment there is no real performance hit on anything else. Plus the card looks awesome. I am waiting on the XFX card to arrive and that will be a big performance boost to the system.

CASE: I originally planned to use this case with my CAPSUPREME 1.0 build but it ended up arriving a month later than planned. As such instead of using the ACER case that the other system was going to go back in to I decided to move it to this one. And I'm glad I did. The only issue I take with this case is the severe lack of cable management space. I literally had to squish my wires in the back with the back panel and monkey around for nearly half an hour to get the thing to close properly. So when you see the pictures ignore some of the sloppiness that is cable management.

POWER SUPPLY: Actually have an older BFG 450W power supply in this thing. I purchased this when my grampa's power supply failed years back. Still seems to function rather well.

OPTICAL DRIVE: There is no optical drive. I planned on reusing the one that was in the old system but decided I did not want to break up the awesome look of the gold grill on the front of the case. That is the DVD drive though that I had installed when the one in old system failed.

OPERATING SYSTEM: Went 7 Pro. Coulda went 7 Home but I didn't. When I get a chance I will be upgrading this to Windows 10 anyways.

Part Reviews

CPU

Got two of these on Ebay for 10 bucks each. Super value for the performance. Still makes for a killer dual core CPU today.

Storage

Does it's job. Prolly replace with SSD in future.

Video Card

Got this for a steal from Newegg. Fantastic card. Upgraded from an HD 7770 and nearly doubled the performance of the rig.

Case

Looks great. Functionally great as well. Zero cable management room.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a good cooler for that pc I use the Scythe Mugen 4 :p

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope this gets OC'ed

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have to do some real research on this as the DQ35JO is not really designed for overclocking. There are a voltage settings one can work with but not a whole lot.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure your Grampa will be really happy and proud of that build 1+

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually I should have clarified I built him an AMD APU system a year and a half ago and he is loving it. I just ended up with the old system and decided to do something with it rather than let it decay.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Does Grandpa know that there is a red head in that box? +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Even if this was going back to my grampa and I told him that he would just chuckle and have no idea what redhead I was talking about :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Graphics card upgrades are always cool especially for the eldery +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck yeah!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I should point out that this system was made out of and old computer of my grandpas and didnt actually go back to him. I built a new AMD APU based system for him about a year and a half ago.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the clu include thermal paste? It doesnt mention whether it does or not.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure what CLU means. I'm embarrased :D If you mean the heatsink/fan yes it did come with thermal paste. The CPU did not. It was one I had lying around.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cpu sorry sucky phone..

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, mate. I figured it out :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That graphics card is not a Geforce GTX 750ti, why is the 750ti in the list? or why is the unknown whatever card in the build?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Because the 750ti is now in the system. I haven't had a chance to upload any pictures.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ati Radeon, definetly not a 750ti, but dam that thing has to be old...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep its a X1800 GTO you see in those pictures above. I haven't had a chance to upload any other pictures.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This sure is junky :d

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn't meant to be a killer PC. The system has since been retired. I am planning to set it up as a home server.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, but yet, it's still junky.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, though not to start a flame war, looking at the build you have posted its not particularly impressive either. We all have budgets for builds and we both ended up with what we have here and on your profile. My other builds are far more interesting. Thanks for checking this out though! :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I'm trying to figure out now how to get some money for maybe used Haswell or Ivy Bridge, I don't think I could afford Skylake/Kabylake though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure. It'll come in time. Haswell is a good place to start though. Still plenty of performance to be had there though the motherboards are starting to get a little scarce for a good price. AMD is still good value for the buck though. The FX 8320e that I have in my main build is a strong CPU. Though it may not really compete well with an i7 6700k it does a relatively good job.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Reeeee

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. He's actually got an AMD APU system that I built for him about a year and a half ago that would blow this out of the water. I ended up with the old system and scavenged it to build this. So far he only ventures on to facebook and will play Hoyle Card Games all the time.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. Had a lot of fun building it though.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You cheated! Please good while I figure out how

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the comment! I totally agree about the g3258 but this was a case of using hardware I had lying around and building a great little system that can still play everything out there today decently at sub HD resolutions.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The power supply listed is not the one used but instead was a placeholder. There's an old BFG PSU in there right now but I plan on swapping that out for something else in the future. Likely a Seasonic 500w or some type.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

He didn't actually use that PSU. He states a different model.