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SORRY FOR MY POTATO CAMERA

This PC is my fathers, and it has served him well for the past 10 years. It has been upgraded when needed, such as when the GPU and PSU where replaced after both the units died. An SSD was added to speed up boot times and important programs.

After a while of learning about computers, I was curious about his specifications, and looked in dxdiag. I was aghast to learn he still had a very underpowered CPU and low amount of RAM for the tasks he does daily. I talked to him, and suggested upgrading the main components instead of buying and building a whole new computer. He agreed, so I selected the components I thought he would best utilize, and bought them.

Before Upgrading the specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

CPU Cooler: Zalman Copper Cooler

Motherboard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe LGA 775

RAM: 2x1GB Corsair + 2x2GB Corsair

Storage: 250 GB Samsung 840 PRO, 2x320GB Seagate Barracuda, 1TB Seagate Barracuda

Audio: Creative Xi-Fi Fatality Sound Card.

PSU: Corsair TX-650

Case: Lian Li PC-777

These parts were added:

CPU: Xeon E3-1231: I chose this CPU because of the certain workloads needed for it, and its near-i7 performance for almost $100 less.

Motherboard: Asrock H97 Pro4: As I chose a Xeon, there did not need to be any room for overclocking, but it still needed to be a good quality board that won’t fail. RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill Aegis: 16GB of RAM. Perfect Stuff. Not beautiful, but works well!

After I opened up the side panel on the case, the dust was overwhelming. It had not been cleaned in a very long time. Every fan was clogged with dust as they had special “Dust Filters” that had not been emptied ever. The rear fan was intake, the front fan was intake, and there were no exhaust fans. On the GPU, CPU Cooler, Sound card, HDD’s and everything, there were thick layers of dust and dust bunnies everywhere. It looked as if a stick drink had been spilled on the case. To solve this sticky and dusty situation, I completely teared it down, and took everything out. Then came the cleaning, mostly with damp paper towels and wet cloths. Anyway, after it was cleaned, I assembled the new CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. After making sure they worked, I plopped it in the case, cable managed everything, and BAM. Except… I forgot to add in SATA power and SATA data cables to the DVD drives that replaced the IDE ones that were previously in there. Anyway, those got cable managed, everything got put together, and the PC booted nicely.

After plugging everything in, I just installed all the motherboard drivers, and went on my merry way.

Nearly everything I have learned about computers are from PCPartPicker and Carey Holzman, so I wanted to just thank the community here! I hope to be able to build my own computer soon, maybe when I am 15.

(Note: My formatting is quite bad, and The Audio card is not the exact audio card, but I could not find the exact card online.)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Great restoration/upgrade. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

looks very nice +1

never seen that case before, when did you get it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It was Lian Li's 20th Anniversary case that was bought in 2006.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a SCSI card I see?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that is actually a Creative X-Fi Fatality Sound card. It is from 2006, so it connects to its front panel via floppy IDE cable. It is also powered by a floppy 4-pin power connector.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ermm... PATA cables?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! They were connected to the DVD drives up top, and the HDD's and SSD were connected sata data and power cables. (Those were the before pictures before I upgraded it, and those DVD drives were swapped out with SATA ones as this system was built in 2006)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

PATA technology is way before my time... Nice job restoring such a relic piece of hardware :3

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The system is not a relic anymore!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

SORRY FOR MY POTATO CAMERA

I was looking for a word to described your pictures, but you are too kind :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very much wow. I like fixing up older pcs

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I can tell, as your name is Commodore 64

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

My first PC was an eMachine in 2000.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, my first PC was a older than me. A Micron desktop with an original Intel Pentium processor. After that, I got an eMachine with a Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM, and 20gb HDD. Other than that, I currently use a Lenovo business laptop.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Micron... never heard of them until a few years back. They don't seem reliable, at least their SSDs are not.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Micron I believe is now Crucial, but back in the 90's they when my micron was bought, they were pretty good.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I love seeing old hardware given new life. I'm not ashamed to say......i find that HD 7770 to be beautiful. I want one. I'd give it a backplate and everything! We would be happy!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The only problem is it has the performance of an R7 250x. But it works perfectly for its purpose, which is displaying two 1080p monitors, and playing back video. Way overkill for that, but at the time it was bought it was the best price to performance for the needs.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

This is so... upgraded.

+1

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

lol