Description

I found a PC case the other day near the dumpster in the alley. I saw that the motherboard and PSU were still present and I decided to take it home.

Once I had the time to crack it open I found these components inside the case:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (LGA1156)

RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) G. Skill RipJaws DDR3 2000

PSU: Raidmax XT 500

There was no CPU but there were no bent pins either so I decided to spring for a low budget CPU just to see if the board was still good. I found the Intel i3-540 on eBay for $3.83!!!

I had a spare SSD lying around as well as an RX 460 from Gigabyte that I use to swap as known good parts when I'm troubleshooting a PC.

I took everything apart and gave each component a good cleaning before putting it all back together.

At first the system wouldn't boot. I found that the upper PCI-E slot is no good. I can't get a signal when I use that slot but everything boots fine if I use the lower slot. This must have been the reason the previous owner got rid of it.

I installed windows and ran a stress test on the system for about 3 hours using Intel XTU and I had no issues.

Aside from the PCI-E Slot issue and missing I/O Shield and Expansion Slot Covers, the system runs pretty well. Now I just need to figure out where I'm going to put it and what I'm going to use it for.

PS - Does anyone know what the make and model is for the PC Case? I couldn't find any manufacturer logos or part numbers anywhere on the case.

UPDATE I found the case. It is by Raidmax and the model is ATXA21WB. Thanks to those that suggested that Manufacturer.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it man, great scavenging skills! I'd like to see more builds like this on PCPP.

As far as the case goes...well that's kind of driving me crazy! A few of the newer prominent case manufactures started out with some funky transformer themed cases however the side panel and a few other things about your case remind me of Cooler Master cases from when I fist started building gaming rigs around 2007/2008

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm glad I was lucky enough to be tossing out the trash when I did.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Love salvaging old parts/rigs - looks great.

Can't help with the case, but two thoughts.

  1. HTPC. I have an old i7-860 (my first gaming rig) on an ASUS board. Right now it's just collecting some dust, but I'm probably going to convert it to an HTPC. Some pretty decent HTPC cases out there that support ATX boards.

  2. Or, maybe you could convert it to a simple NAS.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty neat. I managed to build a cheap lga 1156 PC recently and its somewhat surprising how the CPUs are so bad for gaming but they are still quite good for everything else.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't fired up a game with it just yet. I'm going to see how it works with LoL.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Case definitely looks like an old Raidmax case, I tried looking for it and Raidmax has a LOT of similar designs to that, but I couldn't find that specific design so who knows.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work!. About the case, looks like a Raidmax to me. An use for it.... maybe an emulation and light gaming machine? Well done. +++

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats pretty cool! Maybe a cheap game rig?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about it. But I already have two of those lol. Besides, I don't think the CPU will be any good for gaming.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

wow nice steal, easy flip for a home media PC

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLLY S*** 3.06 clockrate under 25$ your one lucky lad

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ok but does this actually work decent? like could it run fortnite?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if it can. I'm not going to use it for gaming, I don't think. I'll probably keep it around as a spare PC for an HTPC or general use such as email and web browsing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

hello i was just going to let you know that you might want to bring that GPU to the top PCIE slot you might not notice much of a difference but with a build like this you need all the help you can get :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The description mentions the top PCI-E slot not working.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip but as I mentioned in the build description, the upper PCI-E slot is non functional. I have tried 3 known good cards in that slot and I do not get a display. ;)

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