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UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY 5/6/16: The freezing problem has been fixed, it turns out the gpu wasn't all the way in the pcie slot (oops) anyways I will soon be getting a steam controller and as soon as I do that I will install steam OS on the optiplex and it will become a full time steam machine, a $150 console.

So I decided I wanted a second pc as a light gaming rig and I found this trusty old Optiplex 780 off of ebay for $50, I added a gpu and an os and I was ready to rock! Currently I'm thinking of turning it into a steam machine but until I buy a steam controller it will be a general purpose desktop pc. It still has a few issues such as it sometimes freezing forcing me to unplug the pc and plug it back in (probably a psu/hdd issue) and I'm still getting accustomed to the linux way of life but so far so good.

CPU: Four cores but outdated architecture it works though

RAM (6GB): Previous owner added the extra ram this pc has, it's slowed down by the stock memory making the memory sluggish

HDD: Still holding on

GPU: The highlight of the build, small, efficient, cool, and fast it can take on any game I own at 1360 x 768.

PSU: Hasn't blown up... yet

KB/M: Not very good for gaming but it was a simple solution. Works for now

Monitor AKA TV: Doesn't have a brightness setting so gaming at night is painful

Speakers: They work

Firewire Card: Does anyone even use this besides smug hipsters who read gameinformer magazine? It's so irrelevant that I even forgot to include it in the part list!

OS: Pretty good so far, still getting adjusted but it is going smoothly, I may switch to steam os and turn this computer into a steam box in the near future though.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great bang4buck card for people looking for a small single slot low profile card that doesn't require a 6 pin power connector and still has great performance at 720/1080p. but if you have the space and the power I suggest you get a 950 or r7 370.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

I've never realized how freaking small that 750ti is lol. This also reminds me of builds where people gets old pc's from their school and add in a small gpu like that...

except schools always have crappy celerons or core two duos!

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

My school actually has i5's, i7's and even xeons haha

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

over the summer you should go and see if they are replacing any of the pc's.... you never know, you could get lucky and get something good

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol my school has i5's and core 2 duo's the duo's surprisingly have discrete graphics (not good ones though) and they don't use the discrete! They i5's are slower than the core 2 duo's XD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

or pentium 4 hts if you go to my school lol, also I did change out the bracket with one of the low profile ones that came with the gpu.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I noticed that, makes it look so cute =P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

They have everything from Pentium 4s to i5s at my school.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My school ranges from Pentium prescott to core i5 sandy bridge cpu's.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The oldest school computers I've seen around are LGA775 Prescott machines with EM64T and Hyper-Threading. Not quite sure what generation the i5s are from, but I know some of the i3 machines are from the Ivy Bridge generation.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

We had some ivy bridge machines two.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't hate on the Core 2 Duo. Now those Celerons on the other hand, where is the hate club gathering?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Apparently at AMD headquaters

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Lets go. Maybe we can get some zen demo units if we rub shoulders with the right people.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

my school only has core 2 duos and old pentiums

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

Upgrading a pre-built PC AND using Linux equals a +1 from me.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Linux + recycled old computer? Definitely +1. Hope you can resolve the freezing problems.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It doesn't freeze all the time, just once every so often.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Duude! Get a Dell! +1 for recycling.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Loooool

+1 for dual fan LP GPU!!

That's so tiny c:
  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The time on your monitor is the clock of my ram... Nice build BTW +1!!!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice catch!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Idk why i had to mention that but i did XD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Question on the MSI card- does that run at a constant fan speed?

Otherwise great build, hope it can run SteamOS!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

After awhile of listening I found out that they don't run at a constant fan speed, just wanted to let you know.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe so, if you're concerned about noise well, it is bairly even audible just notice how small the fans are, anyways it's a great card that fits into just about anything so you have my recommendation! My 255w psu handles it just fine even though it says I need a 400w! No 6 pin required!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The only reason I asked is because I have a GT 210 laying around as a junk card- the fan looks just like those, runs at 3000rpm and sounds like a buzzsaw.

Will probably end up getting a 750 or 750ti as a new junk/test card, the 210 is getting waaaay old.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah depending on your needs I say 750/750ti is a great choice especially if using linux or mac os

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My junk card is a EVGA GT 740 sc... IDK if thats very junk though XD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For price/performance it is lol

LTT either used that or the 730 for the updated low-end gfx rant a few months ago.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought he used an r7 240.... but i might be mistaken...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta hand it to you, this is very good for what you put together!

Though if I had to suggest one thing, It would be Upgrading your RAM from 4GB to 8GB. 8 should give your computer more breathing room to handle some of the more demanding games down the road.

Otherwise, Nice work!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

there is actually 6gb, but I most likely will upgrade that in the near future.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Been using dells for the past 10 years. a little TLC and I firmly believe they will last forever.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes all they want is someone to clean the dust out of their old heatsink ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

so much power for such a very tiny weeny gpu cant wait till the 980tis get that small (jk) more like the 950s

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA has released a low power 950 but not a single slot/low profile one.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This reminds me of the type of logic my school system has... at my high school, we got computers with 3rd generation Pentiums, at an elementary school I often visit, Pre-Kindergarden has i5's....

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol yep

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, the random freezing could be bad RAM. I suggest you do a thorough check to make sure it's in good order.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i found out what it was, the gpu wasnt all the way in the pcie slot lololol!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, careless mistake. It happens to the best of us; glad you figured it out. :D

Spec-wise, this thing reminds me of my own ghetto desktop - a Dell Vostro with a Q8300 and 750 Ti.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and yeah those are similar specs!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting to see such a small GPU with decent power output

and which interest me was the fact you could fit the GPU without any ghetto modding to the case

HP cases however will need cutting to get the low profile GPUs to fit.

if you need to replace the PSU you will need to verify what sort of power plugs the mobo is using

HP are known to use non-ATX power plugs for the mobos.

otherwise SFX PSU from Silverstone have enough juice to power bigger GPUs

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep I didn't do any modding to the case at all.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

my school has celerons and pentiums for civics, i5 for math, surface **** 3 for science and ELA. i7 for architecture since we run 3d modelling programs

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If I built this and my mom came in and it froze she would be like, viruses son! She accidentally pushed out my wifi card and said your computer has viruses

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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