Description

A few months ago my mother was complaining about how slow her old 2005 HP was. We went to MicroCenter and for slightly less than $200 we bought the necessary components to take it from 1GB DDR2-533, a Pentium D 830, and a Radeon X300 SE to 4GB DDR3-1333, a sandy bridge Pentium G645 using Intel HD 2500 graphics. I was able to reuse the old case, PSU, and hard drive. The DVD drive was IDE so that needed to be replaced with a SATA one. Pretty soon my little brother started using it pretty often to play Team Fortress. I had a Geforce GTS 450 that I got on ebay for $30 (it worked fine when I got it) that was just sitting around because I actually managed to break the damned fan on it. I decided to try something new and took the 80mm fan that was really just making noise as an unnecessary exhaust fan and tied it to the GTS 450. The motherboard doesn't feature any kind of advanced fan control so the 80mm fan runs constantly at above 2900rpm which works exceptionally well for the card. Under a constant 99% load playing Tomb Raider Underworld on high settings it stays just under 70 degrees Celcius. For a while it was just a single 1280x1024 monitor setup until the 10-15 year old speakers finally gave out, then I plugged in a 26" 1080p TV that wasn't in use through HDMI mostly for it's speakers, but I do enjoy the multiple monitors.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Quite an upgrade, I think :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice upgrade :o btw you should take off the plastic shroud from the GTS 450, might improve temps. At least there's no harm in trying it. :3

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about that but it was easier to tie the fan to the holes in the plastic piece, I may try that in the future.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm sorry, but this is driving me crazy:

*Jury-rigged

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

"jerry rigged
Web definitions A corruption of the term Jury rigged.. www.motorera.com/dictionary/JE.HTM"

But okay :D

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play COD. What should I be imagining??

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

love this, so much.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great idea about how to cool the GPU. Is there holes under the fan so it can draw air from outside in?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

There are many holes on the side of the case and the lower expansion brackets are gone, not perfect but I think it works for now.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, awesome! Great solution for the GPU too.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

Maybe a 550 or 550 ti, their pretty cheap right now

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Not until I hit the power button. Then it's the psychotic laughter and exclamations that "It's alive!"

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