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First build (Sleeper) (All recycled or donated parts)

by scwee



Date Published

May 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.058 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I am a long time lover of computers and gaming, but sadly have only had consoles and laptops. I recently started school to get my Network Engineering degree as well as all my CompTIA certs. ALL the parts and peripherals are either stuff I have owned or was given/donated to me. The case/mobo/cpu/ram came out of an ''old'' drafting and 3D design computer, they were upgrading them all to i7's and 980's so instead of throwing the old stuff away my AMAZING 901 professor let me take anything I wanted out of one of the computers. The GTX 770 2GB was donated by a great friend who also gave me the Razer Naga 2012. The storage drives and case fans were mine that I had bought before I started the build. Everything runs smooth for such ''old'' hardware, the 770 handles games like Fallout 4, Rocket League, Borderlands 2, Witcher 2 and Just Cause 3 no problem and demolishes Terraria, Starbound, LFD2 and older AAA titles. I love this thing and after having started a new job I will be slowly buying upgrades and most likely replacing everything but the case, because I LOVE sleeper builds. Leave feedback and let me know what you think.

(I will not be upgrading this build, everything is from 2011-2013 and isn't worth it. When the cpu or mobo dies I will be upgrading to Ryzen or Kaby Lake. What I meant by feedback was what you think of the build) Thanks guys this is a great community.

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PatricusOrion 4 points 23 months ago

Awesome recycle job. Congrats on the build.

Th3ArCh0n 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome! I'm currently working on a inexpensive/used/recycled/ebay'd computer also.

Great job! This is the stuff I come to PC Part Picker to see! +1

AricF03 1 point 23 months ago

I would change that cpu cooler because it's a stock intel fan it doesn't have a high life expentancy for your cpu so i wouldn't keep that to long

scwee submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

The CPU has been running with the stock cpu fan since it was purchased 5 years ago. but I appreciate the concern

Nullarc77 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Not bad. I recommend saving up for a new gpu. In about a year Volta will launch so you can probably get a great budget card then. An ssd would also be a great upgrade. It makes a huge difference. I went from windows taking over 3 minutes to fully boot, To being playing a game in less than 45 seconds after hitting the power button.

scwee submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah I appreciate the input but everything in this build is from 2011-2013 so I'm not gonna sink any money into it, Ill just start buying parts for a Kaby Lake or Ryzen build. and at that time I will get an m.2 ssd from Samsung.

Nullarc77 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

As long as you aren't trying to play games at high or ultra the gpu will is fine. An ssd is a more practical upgrade if you are not doing any heavy gaming. It is a good build for the price.

scwee submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

it was all free/I already owned it, so the price to performance is off the charts haha

Nullarc77 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That is why i said good price to performance lol.

cryptichax 1 point 23 months ago

If i was you i would get a hyper t2 for the cpu cooler and a gtx 780 or 970 because they perform around the same

scwee submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I will be getting a 212 and probably a 1080 when I upgrade to a Kaby Lake or Ryzen chip.