Description

Original Specs:

Pentium 4 2.8ghz -- 2x 256MB DDR2-533 (512MB) -- 250GB HD -- Floppy Drive -- 56K modem -- Integrated Graphics -- Dell 305W PSU --

This poor Dell E520 system was going to be thrown in the trash. It was my grandmothers system. It lived most of its life inside a closed in desk cabinet running warm with Windows XP and 50 icons named random things such as "New Folder (3)". It chugged along though. Every time I'd go over there I would do a quick msconfig / autoruns clean up to keep it going just a little longer. Well, it did its job. She used this system for YEARS, not once reinstalling Windows XP. She eventually wanted to upgrade, so this thing was retired. I offered to take it.

Things I added:

Core2Quad Q6600 -- 8GB DDR2-800 -- 1TB HD -- Card Reader -- Intel Pro/1000 Gigabit Nic -- Radeon HD 4830 -- XClio 500W PSU -- 90mm rear fan

It's now a living room PC (the desk it's sitting on is temporary), and compared to before it actually has some power in it now. Can easily handle dozens of tabs + Skyrim + a movie on the 2nd monitor. Prior to these upgrades, there wasn't even enough memory for more than a few tabs using a modern browser.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Dude, I just picked up that same system out of a dumpster at work a week or so ago! I work at a factory of sorts, so you can imagine the dust. It's still pretty bad, and there's rust on the front grill and PSU vent, as well as on the nic, and there's some corrosion of sorts on the CPU heatsink... I don't expect a boot at all out of mine, but I think it'll make a great sleeper case some day.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, for doing a heck of an improvement on an old dell.

What price did you give for the Q6600?

Last week a guy from work gave me an old Dell Studio XPS 435mt (Intel i7 920), just needs a new pwr supply and hd. I am also thinking about some new ram just to help it out.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE IT. I love seeing rehab'ed pcs. Nicely done.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

lol +1 just for the way you set up your monitors

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, that 2nd smaller monitor is mainly just for stuff like Netflix or other full screen movies, it serves its purpose! :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Looks pretty clean. I'm thinking about that CPU for a Dell XPS 710 and you can't go wrong with Windows 7.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for 8gb ddr2 ram

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol 1+ for grandmas build

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried taking an old computer very similar to this one from a now former job, hoping to really deck it out. At the time I couldn't find good enough parts to make it as modern as I wanted, so I sold it for like $10. But I love taking old towers and turning them into sleeper machines ;) e.g, old tower with super-advanced parts.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, old dying pc's deserve a new lease of life and i've done it plenty of times before. And yes that monitor setup is absolutely perfect :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same old build sitting dead in my basement lol... glad yours is running fine though

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

We have the same printer

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

was the PSU an existing part that you have in the house?

never heard of that brand of PSU before

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a part i've had for a number of years. I probably ordered it off newegg 8 or maybe 9 years ago. Still works great.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok but even my psu which last me that long died recently so i just used a new psu. The new Corsair CX430M with the grey wordings is the latest model and is a good replacement. I am a user of old lga775 builds.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes I like Modded SuperPCs and sometimes I love clean "office" PCs :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I plucked one of these from a dumpster recently too. It boots fine just needs some upgrades for my needs. Basically taking your parts list and slapping it in there. Thanks for the build.