Description

I've been busy the last few weeks.

This is my general purpose PC that is on a KVM with my dedicated gaming machine. I was going for low power and quiet, but I wanted dual VGA outputs, so I needed an add-in video card. It performs well enough for web browsing, office apps, watching tv, etc. It also fits in perfectly on the printer shelf of my desk.

I've had most of the parts for several years. It used to serve dual purpose as an office computer and gaming, but the limited space limited my video card choices.

The case is pretty interesting. It has a window on either side, plus a removable 2.5" USB HDD enclosure built into the front. The on/off switch is touch sensivitve (ps3 style) so there are no mechanical buttons anywhere. The surface is "clean" when all of the doors are closed. I added a small drawer in the second 5.25" bay.

The small form factor makes for tough cable management. Add that to the fact that the USB headers are in the middle of the motherboard and it's tough to get a clean look. There isn't much heat being generated anyway, so the temps are fine. Could probably use a few more zip ties just for looks.

I benchmarked it with 3dmark06, and it scored in the middle 4000's. Enough that I could use it in a pinch for some minecraft if my gaming system is down.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand this is mostly comprised of old parts you had, but I still can't grasp why you possess a DFI motherboard...

  • 81 months ago
  • 6 points

When I bought it in 2009, it was the only mATX board with two pci express 2.0 slots available. I really like the board though, other than the USB header placement. In a previous build it unlocked my Phenom II x3 into an x4.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this is the same as my pre-built computer XD

EXCEPT for the fact, yours is bult :D Good choices in parts for your uses. Just keep an eye out on that psu.

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

THe LED's have already gone out. I check it with a voltmeter every now and then and it seems stable. These were mostly spare parts, so I'm not too concerned if it does blow and takes something with it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

K. Just a side note :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU? Iam thinking of buying one but I don't know if the SATA connectors on it will support a Western Digital Caviar Blue

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It's still working good. Bought it in 2009, and it's seen a lot of use. LED's are gone out, but power seems stable.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

good looking pc

P.S. not for minecraft :-)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great old school build and I praise this one!

  • 81 months ago
  • -2 points

u should've bought a celeron dual-core for the same price which would have increased performance.

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

The dual core celeron didn't exist when I bought this cpu originally. I also tried to stick to a single socket for all of the builds in my house in case I want to move resources around. I have 7 am2/am3 systems running right now. Only my primary gaming system is using an i5. The three servers are all running Phenom II's, htpc is an Athlon x2, my son's system has an Athlon II x2, the lan party/spare system is an unlocked sempron II x2 and then this system.