Started as a standard HP a1640n desktop computer, though at this point there is little left from the original system except for the optical drive and the motherboard.

This various collection of parts came about from a series of events that occurred over time, the biggest events happened all at one time. The original computer has had it's HDD replaced twice due to failures. It received an Nvidia GeForce 8500GT graphics cards a couple of years ago in an attempt to give the computer better performance. It was still grossly underpowered at the time it was installed.

The series of events happened a couple of months ago, I had installed a copy of Windows 10 preview to see what it was all about. Shorty there after the original operating system (Windows XP) got a virus and couldn't be recovered (because Win10 doesn't play nice with other operating systems). A couple of weeks after that, the processor died. Then the 8500GT died. A friend sent me his old GTX 760 (which I just found out is a $580 card) after he upgraded to a 970. The original power supply in the computer was too small to run the 760. So another friend of mine sent me his 650W power supply that he had bought to test another system and was no longer using.

The processor that's in the system now is 400MHz faster than the original, and it shows. The stock CPU cooler runs at full speed almost constantly. As of writing this I'm still waiting for the CPU cooler listed to arrive. The GAMMAXX will probably be used when I finally have enough money to upgrade my computer.

The RAM is a miss-match of RAM cards from various computers that have come to me to die over the years. I'm debating whether or not I should upgrade for more memory or not.

The case fans are a desperate attempt to keep cooling in check. The 120mm fan was mounted on the back of the case and required more holes to be drilled in the case to actually allow it to work the way it was meant to. It looks out of place and just barely fits, but it works. The inside of the case went down from an average temperature of 36*C. The small 80mm fan doesn't do much really, but I like how it bathes the inside of the case in that blue glow so I just haven't bothered to remove it yet.

The monitors are also a miss-match. The AOC is on the left, it's the most recent addition which I inherited (it needed a DVI to VGA adapter that I didn't bother listing). The Acer is the middle monitor that was connected to the computer prior to this one. It has fantastic color quality and is nice and bright, though on bright sunny days it can be difficult to see low contrast colors. The Insignia is a small TV that we take camping. It has a standard VGA connecter, 2 HDMI (what the computer is using), RCA/Component and Antenna TV hookup. It's also connected to the receiver box so I can watch TV when I feel like it.

The power supply is fantastic, though the cables are WAY too long and I had to shove them into the empty 3.5 inch bays to keep them out of the way... Don't say it, I already know.

The wireless mouse/keyboard combo allows me to lay in bed and stream movies comfortably without having to get up at the end of every show.

The speakers are very good, it's not enough to wake the neighbors, but it is enough to irritate them (though I haven't actually had the volume up that high). The bass is pretty good and can rattle things off my desk if I just left it.

There is a Logitech c920 on top of the middle monitor that I use to skype with my friends and to run my improvised TrackIR program.

I don't know too much about the optical drive. It's certainly been discontinued. It still uses an IDE connector to the motherboard rather than SATA.

The PC isn't setting an records in terms of performance but it's good enough to play the few games that I like to with my friends, is able to surf the web and stream, and allows me to do my homework on. That's all I really need for now.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting description here. I read it all, but the only thing I am curious about is your CPU. You mention it came from an HP a1640n Desktop. Was it this? So it is possible you might had these specs originally within? Does it mean you had an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, and so what is it now if you don't mind me asking?

I'm just curious is all. Otherwise good work with what you had to do, to keep replacing or upgrading parts. Sounds like you had really good friends. Enjoy your PC. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything in the specs you posted looks about right except for the processor and RAM.

The original specs were:

Intel Pentium D 3.0GHz (don't remember the exact version) 1GB RAM

The current processor is an Intel Pentium D 945 3.4GHz that I found on amazon for about $8 used.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just guessing here, I had no idea what you had originally. I think most HP pre-builts allow some alternations with the processors, RAM, storage and some add-ons etc. Thanks for the clarification, and saying what it is. You got a good Pentium, and that's a nice deal for an 8 dollar used processor!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

lol interesting hp