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Nephew's Build - A Case Reborn in the year of 2014

by Hanspleasure

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34 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 19, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 13, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.046 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Back in January of 2014 I thought it would be fun to build my 18 year old Nephew a new computer, something that could be used for his college courses, browsing the internet, and of course gaming.

I set a budget of $700 and gave myself 6 months to find all the necessary components.
But in order to stay within budget and not compromise on the GPU, salvaging of a few parts was in order.

The CPU cooler and power supply were easy to find as they came from my old rig, so all that was left was to find a computer case. Luckily in April my buddy decided to upgrade his system and hand over his old system to me for free, thus giving all my Nephew's new components a home. Unluckily for me, the case proved rather challenging as the old system had not been cleaned since 2009!

5 years worth of dog hair, dust and who-knows-what-else had to be purged.
A six pack of Ballast Point and a few hours later the case was refurbished and given new life.

In hindsight it would have just been easier to purchase a new case, but sticking to the budget and applying a bit of elbow grease, it made building the new system feel more rewarding in the end.

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Growliff1234 8 points 47 months ago

I'd bet money that 18 year old would love to have built this computer. I know I'd like to build one, but I'm not 18 lol

Growliff1234 3 points 47 months ago

+1 though

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for comment and up vote! A lot thought, time and effort went into putting this together. This site is such a great resource as well as inspiration.

rajmahual 4 points 47 months ago

Wow nice case before and after pictures are amazing

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you!
Part of me feels the "before" pictures don't really convey how miserable of shape the case was in... Nevertheless she's in much better shape now.

paintboy131 1 Build 3 points 47 months ago

I'm afraid of my current build looking like your old one.. I have to clean out my dust filters every couple weeks. +1

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Oh how nice it would have been if the previous owner had cleaned out the duster filters at least once a year. Thanks for the up vote, much appreciated!

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

haha you are switching from the LGA775 to the AM3+ board

While i upgrade from the same socket to the same socket

I got the exact same Gigabyte mobo GA-EP45-UD3 when i upgraded from a Core 2 Duo to a Core 2 Extreme QX6800

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Yeah my first build was on this exact same board many moons ago!

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

what CPU were you using with the Gigabyte board?

my previous CPU and board were the Core 2 Duo E7200 and MSI P31 Neo 2. But my board died from warping and some form of corrosion

you can look up my Core 2 Extreme build under my username for the pictures.

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Previous CPU with the old rig was an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400.
Both the chip and board still run great.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

i see

well i just completed my Q6600 HTPC rig for playing animes

nighteyes 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

haha! ya this is an old thread but this is EXACTLY what I'm doing for my brother. back in 2009 I built him a C2D E8400 rig in this case with a 9800gtx2, though back then my cable management skills lacked severely. He asked me to help breathe new life into his pc though his budget is extremely tight (mortgage, his kid, hell his wife) but he is able to sneak away every so often to revisit his favorite oldies like the Sims, WoW, etc.

MLGNeverFail 2 points 47 months ago

I love the before/after pictures! Usually when someone says the old case they used was all ditty and stuff they don't bother showing it in the pictures but I actually enjoyed seeing the difference :) +1

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for the comment and up vote! I still remember opening up the case for the first time and I swore a bird flew out...

MLGNeverFail 2 points 47 months ago

Ha! I wouldn't understand the feeling as I have never built a pc with used parts... well technically Ive never built a pc...

jonesmbarry 2 points 47 months ago

Looks great! The cable management in the back of your case looks better than the front of mine. Great bang for your buck build.

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you!
I have to say that today's cases are so much easier at cable management so I had to get very creative at times.

sprinter461 8 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Very nice. You might of bought a new case...that would of been easier. But no cheap budget case would be nearly as nice as the CM Storm Scout. I love that case.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/yXgscf

That's what I built my dream machine in.

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Wow! That's a potent machine. Yeah, I have to say that this case really impressed me, the carrying handle was just a bonus. Thanks for the comment!

dunkeymonkey 2 points 47 months ago

What was your old GPU?

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

The old GPU was a 650ti. That was an upgrade from a GTX 260 when the system was originally put together.

jnewell01 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Wow, those "before" pics with dust and debris made my soul hurt a 'lil bit. But hey nothing a little Ballast Point (Sculpin?) and elbow grease can't fix. Nice work.

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I believe it was the Original Pale Ale, but the Sculpin is mighty tasty too.
Thanks for the comment!

gazereths 8 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Great transformation, is always a nice feeling to bring something back from the brink of going in the bin, let's hope in a few years time it doesn't look as bad again. Hope your nephew appreciates the hard work and keeps it nice :)

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I think my heart would be broken if it ended up that way again... : ( Thanks for the comment!

AFlyingBuffalo 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

How is the SSD? I'm probably going to get the same one soon!

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Works like a charm and the system boots up in a matter of seconds.

bigg_critter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

ya man thats cool what you did for the lad. great restoration/upgrade project

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I appreciate the comment... thanks for looking!

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Some time down the road in the near future I plan to clean the old system up, add another set of ram and then find a worthy kid to pass it off too. I'm sure their are number of kids in my neighborhood who want to get into PC gaming (and PC's in general) but can't afford to do so.

AstralWolf 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

6 months to find components. Lol. +1

Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 3 points 47 months ago

Yeah may seem a bit excessive now that time has passed, but having the extra time to find bargains helped out. Thanks for the vote!

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Hanspleasure submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you!

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