Description

The computer at the house was an emachines that we have had for over 6 years, and it was very slow, and it was in need of an upgrade. It only had a single core, 1 gb of ddr2 ram, and all that outdated stuff, so my dad and I decided to build a $300 budget computer out of spare coins that had accumulated over time (around $300 worth of coins). I used the emachines case just so that I would fit around the budget and so that it would fit under the living room space that I normally put it in.

So far it runs great and much better than last time, and it is a needed improvement from the last computer that was over 6 years old!

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

It is very rare when I cannot find something to criticize about a build so congratulation, this is pretty great little budget build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

A loose change machine? LOL That is awesome. I've never heard that one before. Now I want to go start digging in my couch. Nice job.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning a similar build for my Dad, didn't come out anywhere near $315 though. Well done. This is one very solid build for 3 bills.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost imagine if that e-machine was a few years newer you might have had to spend ever less money. My guess is the biggest change was the connector style, you probably had some IDE drives, if not all IDE drives.

Money well spent, I'm pretty impressed with the pro recycling skills at work here.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Been thinking about doing almost the same thing to my old eMachines.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you, you should to save a little bit of cash

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

lol now it ain't an eMachines PC anymore! :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How much RAM did you allocate to the iGPU

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

800mb of ram was the default, so i just left it like that

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job especially for the budget you had, except you probably could have saved just a little bit of money on the ram.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

duuuude emachians are awsome had mine 10 years then i had to shove a metal rod though the motherboard to kill it

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I love new builds in old cases...

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

This wouldnt happen to be an emachines T3604 case, would it? Looking to do a similar build for cheap. Also, would you change anything? How is the build holding up?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thinking about re-using the case! I have two cases, one of which is 10 years old (Centurion 5 for reference).

I personally love the case, it's what I grew up with, and personally, a microATX board isn't going to heat up the case that much. If it was an ATX mobo, I would probably leave the side of the case open, but since it's mATX, I don't have to worry (except for maybe the tiny 1TB HDD falling out of it's carefully placed slot).

Well done!

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

ty:)