Description

Used motherboard came with a broken I/O module I didn't discover until it was too late to return. Rather than chucking the board into e-recycling, I spent a few more dollars on some prosthetics to restore the lost functions (a PCI NIC & a couple of USB ports). Now it can serve someone's purpose for a while longer. Take that, Grim Reaper. In your face.


191217 UPDATE: Sold to a guy wanting to play World of Warcraft Classic. Got a message the next day saying the game looks great.


191220 UPDATE: Antec Basiq BP500U power supply crapped out while the new owner was gaming. As a matter of honor I replaced it with the EVGA BQ 500.

Part Reviews

CPU

Even in 2019, with several other used-parts builds fresh in memory, this processor was surprisingly on-the-spot for the variety of tasks involved in setting up the PC. Benchmark scores proved less impressive, but I have to place the higher value on the "feel" of navigating the OS, which was no disappointment to me at all. I think I would buy another used FX processor in the future.

Motherboard

I can't blame this model for the unit being broken when I got it used, but I can be grateful for its easy acceptance of various devices, expanding upon the original functionality lost to damage. Also it deserves some of the credit for making the CPU look good.

Storage

Just fine as far as I can tell. Don't pay a lot, but it's worth something.

Video Card

For a mid-range GPU already a few years old, this unit holds up well enough to achieve medium- to high-quality rendering at 1080p. Not going to cut the latest & greatest gaming mustard out there today, but for a gamer in the mainstream F2P scene it will do what's needed.

Case

No complaints about this case, I'd be comfortable using it again. It accommodates 3 different SATA devices without any struggling. Came with an 80mm rear exhaust fan, I replaced it with 92mm only because I had some handy.

Case Fan

Got these in a value pack of 5 because I had been caught in a couple of situations where my supply of 120mm fans could not help. They seem quiet enough (I wouldn't say "silent" about any but the most remarkable fans out there, probably on the larger side). So far I've only done vertical mounting.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice way to save some parts. My first build was in this case.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints about this case, I'd be comfortable using it again. It accommodates these 3 SATA devices without any struggling. Came with an 80mm rear exhaust fan, I replaced it with 90mm only because I had some handy. It was nice to find an old PCI card with 2 Ethernet ports as a consolation, doubling what the motherboard offered originally. Not very exciting stuff but satisfying.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I oddly love how clean everything looks in the second picture. Efficiently cable managed and not even a single spec of dust.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes at the very least it's nice & neat after some inexpensive rehab. Already got some response — in my local area it seems like the cheapest builds are most in demand. We'll see what happens. . . .