Description

PSA vacuum your damn computer every once in a while! If you love all the new Skylake, Pascal, and Polaris builds save yourself the time and move on. This is for those that love turning someone's trash into gold (or at least copper).

This build was originally a non GPU as cheap as you can make it build for my nephew six years ago. He has since left for college in California from Pennsylvania two years ago and abandoned it. He does not want it back in Cali as he has no room for it at school. In it's lifetime when he was using it he added a MSI Radeon HD 7850 1GB that was given to him from his cousin. He later added a Steel Series headset, Shift keyboard, and Razer Naga Mouse. What was supposed to be a computer for school turned into a basic gaming machine. He played League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota2, and Mabinogi. So this worked for him for four years.

After finding his computer in his parent's house I took it home to see if I could find it a new home and give him some money. Little did I know what was waiting inside like a horror show when I opened it off. The pictures don't do it justice. Some stupid spider decided it was a smart idea to catch other bugs inside his computer. My wife did not left me bring it inside from the garage until I thoroughly cleaned it. I took it apart in the garage including the power supply vacuuming and blowing with compressed air. I have been around PCs for over 33 years and never seen anything like this.

Finally got it inside and looked at what was inside. Here are the parts that were upgraded or added to make it a viable system that started life in 2010 to 2016. These were all in my extra parts bin. I told my wife this is why I save everything. She just looked at me like I was a hoarder or something.

I swapped 4GB of RAM with 8GB and replaced the stock molex powered fan for a Cooler Master 3 pin powered by the motherboard. I added the same fan to the rear as exhaust. Then I added an SSD the venerable Samsung 830 and reinstalled Windows 10 with UEFI/GPT/Secure Boot on it and moved the 1TB HDD down to the lower cage from the middle to below the SSD. I found the 3.5 " drive cover for the front of the case under the cage and reinstalled that. I moved the DVD burner from the bottom to the top and used a molex to SATA power adapter to reach it. Finally tied up the cables and remounted the CPU cooler with a fresh application of TIM. Now I am going to put it up for sale and hope I can find it a new home. Still good enough to run the eSports games and some AAA games at 1080P using medium settings. Hopefully it can be some kids Minecraft / CS:GO machine.

Upgraded to i5-3570 with slight base clock overclock of 3 Mhz and Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard that I picked up for $40 shipped because of bent pins. Now off it goes to my youngest nephew.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Was cheap and does the job

Memory

Had it in the spare parts bin and it was better double the original 4GB.

Case

Cheap has cutouts for cable management and lot's of fan cutouts.

Power Supply

It's a firebomb but it lasted six years without imploding. Will be someone elses problem soon.

Case Fan

I got rid of two of my old fans that I don't use from a 4 pack.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 4 points

My jaw literally dropped when I saw that cobweb...

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

I know right? I have NEVER seen a rig so uncared for that it had literal cobwebs in it! XD

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

It was like finding an old car in the barn. This one was under a pile of crap.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I was cursing. I thought I brought back new critters. First time I actually had to take apart a PSU to vacuum the guts.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't know a 1gb version 7850 existed :o

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Me neither till I checked the sticker to input into pcpartpicker, lol.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

"Will be someone elses problem soon."

Leaving a crappy power supply in a computer is going to result in an angry customer.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always a pleasure to see old builds repurposed, wish you luck on finding it a new home / purpose. I have an old Q6600 with a crappy motherboard (still PCIe 1.0) laying around, and I can't really decide what to do with it, might try to fix and resell it or maybe keep it as an old backward compatible machine?

I don't know, but either way, good job!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

A NAS ? Or an HTPC ? Q6600's would be good as an HTPC

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Breathing new life into an old rig +1.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a wonderful thing to see the old monsters that were once in their prime to breathe life once again! +1

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

The case was alright. Lot of 140mm fan cutouts. No filters though. Just like my Thermaltake V3.

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