Description

This was my Windows XP machine for the better part of a decade, maybe longer...not sure what year I originally built it. I built a new gaming rig last year, and was looking to give this machine some sort of purpose. I tried a couple different Linux distros on it, and was less than impressed. It was the old hardware, not the OSes.

I started looking for a GPU to update this machine for Linux...and that turned into an entirely new (re-cycled) build for Linux...that still left this machine sitting. I had read about NAS...and thought why not? I fought with FreeNAS for hours...and was basically ready to throw in the towel and do what a buddy had been begging me to do with this machine for a while...put it down for good...via the 4x4 in the driveway! :D

I have a hard time tossing something that is working...so I didn't cave, not yet...Then I stumbled across NAS4Free, and thought OK, last chance... I had it running in 15 minutes. I've been using it as a movie server ever since.

I've not had a single issue with it. I was reading about a build on here a few days ago running NAS4Free that in the comments sections people were talking about ECC RAM, and that you can't do a ZFS drive pool unless you use ECC RAM. I'm running a ZFS pool with NON ECC RAM. It's probably NOT recommended...but there is no mission critical data on this machine, it's simply a media server. I'm NOT worried about losing data, I own the physical media to everything on the server...all I could potentially lose is time.

I've had as lot of fun playing around with this, I like learning new things, and giving old things a purpose again. For what I need/want it to do, it's basically perfect.

So the parts:

The case, motherboard, CPU, and RAM were all in use for years as my only PC, running Windows XP. My PSU died about 6 months before I built my gaming machine, and a friend gave me the Rosewill that's in this build. 630w is beyond overkill, but it was free. The hard drives had been pulled for the re-cycled Linux build. The friend that supplied the PSU, donated the two hard drives as well. Between the two of us, we've been building PCs for over 20 years...so we have all kinds of old parts stock piled.

I had the USB drive as well. It's the oldest, smallest, and until this build basically most worthless drive I owned. Too small for my normal day to day use. Perfect for this build. Initially I had it plugged into a back USB port. I found an old case back plate that had two USB ports that were bolted to the plate. So I had an idea...I took the plate, unbolted one of the ports and removed it. I connected it to one of the motherboard USB headers, and plugged the USB drive into it, and just stuffed it inside the bottom of the case, out of harms way, out of sight.

If I ever stumble across the drive bay covers that were originally with this case...I'll pull the ROM drives and floppy drive. Although they are actually hooked up, from when it was the XP machine...they serve no function or purpose in this build, other than to avoid having exposed open drive bays. I did not include them in the parts list for this reason. Also regarding the case...I have no idea whatsoever what brand it is. If anybody knows, I'll add it to my parts list.

Playing with this, has me thinking about building a 100% new NAS server in the not too distant future.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 7 points

Reminds me of the PCs you see in Office in CSGO

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell reminds me more

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

I'm just using a raspberry pi 2. Works like a charm... with a 750GB hard drive.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

This is my dream build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Say what you want about ugly colored mobos, That mobo can really take a punch. I had that on a friends pc for as long as i can remember her having it, overclocked and pumped out as much as you can (can't remember the numbers anymore). It really does well and complains very little compared to some mobos out there today!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah from back in the day when looks didn't really matter on a new PC, nobody was going to see it anyways. ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Strong *** AMD FX motherboard and IDE cables... I'm okay with this somehow.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

But will it run Crisis 3 on ultra settings?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Only on high. :/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This thing must be able to get 4k on all AAA titles, it is also future proof, sporting onboard graphics and an AMD dual-core 3600+ CPU. I don't mean to be mean with this comment. i'm just bored.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

It plays everything in 8K actually! On my 200" Ultra Ultra 8K 360º wrap around display.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

It's still garbage. I have this PC, and Minecraft still looks blocky.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Must be your display! :p

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Mate, I'm playing at 640x480. I'm at least 3 generations ahead of everyone. :P

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

3 years into the future, I can tell you that we are still far from your superior resolution of 640x480.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

What a budget! Thats awesome that you for most it for free? Not that bad of a motherboard or AMD processor. Proud of you bruh

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought so many years ago...no clue what the prices on any of it was.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

GTA V ready 1080p maxed out

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

With all the mods!!! :p

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I dont know where you got those prices but i need to get there now

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of that gear was 10+ years old...no idea what prices were.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

cheapest build on pcpartpicker that s complete with all prices XD

+1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 use what you've got! That's fortunate you had luck with nas4free. I've myself have stayed pretty far away from anything bsd myself due to hardware recognition. I also find bsd guys complete snobs and find that if you have a problem with something that isn't supported..."why are you even asking anyway". Although this was years ago it may have changed. I have had luck with open media vault (linux based) and I'm ok running ext4 or btrfs and won't a UPS fix all that ZFS ECC nonsense anyways :) well at least just for a simple home file server. I like the usb tweak!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at this case, I'd be too tempted to slap a new 990fx mobo in there with an 8350/8370(just to keep it AMD like the front logo). A decent CPU cooler that could fit in there. New PSU, new very high CFM fans, like Noctua's, Phanteks, or Bitfenix(due to not being able to fit many), 8gb (2x4/1866/CAS >10) RAM, a SSD, Then a 290x(I'd make it fit). Then wrap it back up and let the "sleeper" live as a modern gaming monster ;)

+1 regardless. It's cool to see old stuff resurrected.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the cut of your jib! (I might, however cut the restrictive fan grilles in the back and use wire fan guards for more airflow.)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****, how you even got free products??? A one cent entire PC? Are you kidding me???

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This equipment is so old, I have no idea how much I paid for it. If you put in $0 it doesn't show up on the list when you search by price. Any other dollar amount would be completely guessing. So I put in $.01 for the price.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Crysis?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugliest sleeved cables I have ever seen. I mean look at the floppy connector.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Back in the day when I bought those cables...they were the newest thing out. They replaced the flat ribbon cables. They weren't designed for looks, they were designed for function. To clear up the clutter, and promote better airflow.

This machine is over a decade old. And still kicking, and doing what I ask it to do.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky! Bet this can run No Man's Sky on the highest graphics with around 100+ FPS

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

103 FPS actually.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt this

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the fps in minecraft or roblox?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

2fps @ max settings

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

But the real question is can it run fortnite?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

no u

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

no u

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

U

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

I would add a Titan X and you could have a great build +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I'll go with a Titan Z instead. :p

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  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I've got over 100+ movies on it so far. Works great streaming with Gigabit Ethernet on my local network. Not every system has to be brand new bleeding edge high end multi thousand dollar systems to be useful.

For it's intended usage, it's great. Let's me learn and play with a new OS, and decide if it's worth putting money into a purpose built machine. Right now this does everything I need/want it to.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

All good things must come to an end eventually...

This machine now just randomly reboots, Or flat out refuses to boot. I've not been able to diagnose the issue. To be honest I haven't dedicated a lot of time to the issue...

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/pgzYcf

I have however built a much more modern replacement.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what date I fired this one up with ZFS, but it's gotta be close to a year now.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure which HDD you think us $150?

But you might try reading the description.