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Another build I scrapped together from parts on the used market.

This one started as a system a guy was selling on Facebook Marketplace saying it was broken. I spotted a Radeon card and what looked to be a nice cooler. He didn't have much more information about the build so I gave him $50 and took a chance. He said it just wasn't turning on anymore so I assumed it was probably the power supply and worse case scenario I could get at least $50 if I parted it out.

When I got it home, it definitely was a bit of a mess. He had a few cables plugged into the wrong places and the cooler facing the wrong way but after replugging everything in, it booted! Non activated copy of Windows on a 1TB HDD along with a dual core Athlon and an HD 5770 and 4GB of RAM. I saw some potential for sure.

First step was getting some more RAM. I have a "vintage" build I haven't used in a while that I took the RAM from mwhich was a great start. The cooler was in rough shape and two cores don't get you very far in 2018 so I went out to a local computer recycling center and bought a quad core Athlon they had along with a stock cooler.

I was originally going to stick with the 5770 but I found the 750 Ti on LetGo not soon after as a nice little upgrade. I've found NVIDIA systems sell a lot faster since there's still a bit of stigma around AMD graphics cards for buyers who aren't as familiar with the hardware.

Fire Strike

Sky Diver

Hopefully I can find it a good home as a starter gaming pc!

Part Reviews

CPU

Can handle light games in 2019. Can't complain for $10.

Motherboard

I was surprised to find out this does not have Ethernet drivers for Windows 10. I had it working intermittently but I ended up getting a separate card.

Video Card

Nice little budget card for 2019. Hold up pretty decently and requires no auxiliary power. Great design by EVGA for the cooler as well.

Case

I bought a few of these in bulk from a recycling center without the power supplies. Not too bad for airflow.

Power Supply

I wouldn't have bought this myself, but it's in a low wattage system so I'm not too worried about it.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

For $55 that's hard to beat. I'm driving a few hours today just to acquire some used parts, hoping to assemble a few serviceable PCs for beginners. I have overpaid for next-gen hardware & there is some fun in that, but now I find this kind of build more personally rewarding.

I hope you will update the post with your selling results.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad for $50!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to cop a fade

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep doing your thing, amazing

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I already snagged some great deals on parts for another one sometime soon!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty cool build. Probably the best bang for the buck build I've ever seen. Could I get some advice? I have an old Dell 545s with 4GB ram, not exactly sure on the CPU but most likely a dual core in a LGA 775 socket. If I were to upgrade this to play maybe at least GTA V what would I need to do?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Your best bet is to swap that dual core for a quad core (there are heaps of them floating around on eBay), double the RAM, add a small GPU (a 1030 should be quite enough) and an SSD (not really necessary, but it’ll be worth it for speed)

Also upgraded the heatsink as well, as the stock cooler that comes with the Dell is likely to only be for 65W chips (the 2 Quads are all 95W, so it won’t like be enough)

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3 GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor $39.00 @ eBay
Thermal Compound ARCTIC MX-4 2019 Edition 4 g Thermal Paste $6.59 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX500 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $42.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GT 1030 2 GB SC Low Profile Video Card $90.13 @ Walmart
Custom Dell Original K078D C955N CPU Heatsink Cooling Fan Assembly, for The Inspiron 530, 530s, Vostro 200, 200s, 220, 220s, 400, 410, Studio 540, and 540s $18.78 @ Amazon
Custom Crucial 4GB DDR2 kit $57.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $255.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-19 18:51 EDT-0400
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

i wouldn't bother with a q9650 that is a lot of money compared to a q9400 which supports all of the same instruction sets and is only a little slower (10 dollars vs 40 and you only lose 300mhz) i would get cheap ebay thermal past for a project like this (99 cents) the cpu heatsink i would agree with IF the origional heatsink is not the smaller one. there is a thicker one and i know for a fact those are fine for a q9650 (even more so with a q9400) i would try it with the origional and if it gives him problems go to the bigger one. for the ssd i would just go with the cheapest 240gb (25 on amazon). we are working with sata 2 now normally i would agree with the gt 1030, but its a 90 dollar card. the problem is for that kind of money you can get a dell optiplex with an i5-2400 that can fit a full sized gpu in it. If the goal is just to be able to play gta5 on ebay you can get low profile r7 250's for 25 dollars. The r7 250 ddr3 version meets the minimum requirements and can do 720p just fine for gta5. Gotta remember we are working with a core 2 quad so sticking 90 dollars into a gpu isn't really worth it. buy the ram used. there is no reason to get that new for 58 dollars. they are 9 dollars for a used kit. end result wouldn't be a bad computer for 9+9+1+25+25= 70 dollars. thats worth it to make it run the games that they want to and make it useable. sticking any more money then that into it and you are competing with a Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT i5-3570 3.4Ghz 8GB RAM 240GB SSD (thats 155 dollars, thats less then your ram, ssd, cpu, cpu cooler, and thermal paste) and you get way more umph. 70 dollars and at least there you can't get a machine that can play gta5. even then you can get a dell optiplex with an i5-2400 for that price.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I sent you a PM

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

does this work or is it just parts, my first time on this website

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Works perfectly!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

can this run rocket league?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't tested it, but I can't imagine it would have any problems

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

So, something you can do to ammend the lack of instruction sets is intels instruction set emulator (yes it works on amd) and get even the most modern titles working with sse4.2