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This is a PC that has been very long in the making.


It all started out when my friend and I were at Weird Stuff. My friend spotted a $25 motherboard and cpu combo deal that he thought I would be interested in. I bought it, as well as a HD6350 that I managed to get for $1.80 (I also have a firepro 2270 that I bought from Haltec for $14, and since both cards are identical performance wise and that the HD6350 is not on PC partpicker, I added the 2270 to the parts list.).

Later on I got a 250GB 2.5 inch hard drive for $30 at Weird Stuff, but more on that later.


Once I got home and started building the PC, I realized that I needed a low profile LGA 775 cooler, and some ram.


The first stick of ram I bought for it, a stick of 1866MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport for $40 at Fry's, was too fast and the PC refused to boot. It took me a long time to figure this out however, as I was troubleshooting, but then later on I was able to snag a stick of Patriot Signature 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 that was compatible.


Once I had all the COMPATIBLE parts I rebuilt the system, happy to find out that it posted, but unhappy to find out that the hard drive that I bought from weird stuff had some old super corrupted version of windows 98 on it.

Strange...

This odd windows install meant that installing Ubuntu, my os of choice for this build, would not install. No Matter what I did it would load the installer, allow me to choose a language, choose what I wanted to do, and...

Shut down completely.

So, I took my windows 10 install usb to reformat the drive and re attempt a Ubuntu install, but Ubuntu decided to flip me the bird. After hours of attempting various things, I was finally able to install windows 10. Another thing that made installing the os so difficult is that, in order to get into the bios

YOU NEED TO RESET THE CMOS. E V E R Y T I M E!

As well as making the install usb #1 priority in the bios.

It gets worse.

When installing windows, from the USB installer, you need to clear the cmos, and set the boot device back to the hard drive and vice versa

EVERYTIME THE INSTALLER WANTS TO REBOOT THE SYSTEM.

So yeah...


The computer is meant to be a basic LAN rig, for playing games like Unreal Tournament, Quake III Arena, and similar titles.


Planned upgrades for this PC are sort of as the crow flies. Maybe an Core 2 Quad and a more powerful GPU, and so on. But who knows. I should also replace/ properly mount that 90mm case fan...

And to also buy a vga to vga cable so that I can use my dell oem graphics cards that I bought for cheap.


The temps for that little core 2 duo when under prime95 for a while will approach 80c with that dinky all aluminum stock cooler and the fan sort of blowing on it.


The kinds of games that this pc is capable of/ might be are simple indie games like Hyper Light Drifter and hotline Miami, older games like Unreal Tournament (Gold, 2, 2004, and maybe 3) Quake (1, 2, and 3 arena) older Versions of GTA, and similar such games. Due to the potatoness of the hardware modern games like GTA 5 Saints Row 3-4 any of the witcher games and so on are a no go. But the PC works perfectly for what it is meant for and I love it.


Part Reviews

Motherboard

IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO INSTALL AN OS WITH THIS THING. Other than that it has enough fan headers, and well placed power inputs, and lots of sata ports.

Video Card

Terrible performance for an epic price.

Case

The case has front panel usb 3.0, put the my mobo has no usb 3 headers. Cable management is ok for the size, and the build quality is amazing.

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 5 points

you know it is bad when the most expensive part is the HDD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You also know it's bad when the CPU is that old. But I guess it was decent for what it did, so +1 anyway.

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Weird Stuff scavengers represent!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Amen brother

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

WEIRDSTUFF!!!!!!!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

lol.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

ATI FirePro 2270 512MB.........

BEST GPU EVAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a zotac board very similar to yours. Had tons of weird odd problems that I never had on other boards. I can understand (some) of your pain.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The struggle is real, and totally worth it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CMOS battery might be dead, particularly given the age of the board. Some of your boot trouble might stem from that if so.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That would make sense... luckily it just uses RC2032 or a similar common coin cell battery.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You know its potatoe when it has an ATI GPU

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I used before i got a 1060 6GB in my new build...

POOR MEN UNITE

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. Both gpus are basically rebranded HD 5450s with a few features added. The performance of these cards is less than

INTEL HD 3000

And the 15 watt tdp dosen't make up for anything...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah the 15 watt TDP is there so it can run crysis -3

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

at a glorius 60...

...SECONDS PER FRAME

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow that's better than a console!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Ouch

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

My main rig used to use a Core2 6600 as well. It is actually pretty good for normal office tasks, but its pretty unimpressive at anything more than that. I bought it new when it was actually good. And expensive haha.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the CPU was maxed out when windows was trying to find and download all the devise drivers. But it appears that my horrid mobo will allow me to overclock this bad boy...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I was never able to get a decent stable overclock on my chip, even though I had a good motherboard.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I don't have a powerful enough power supply to overclock anyway... as well as the mobo being weird.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU Tho

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually haven't been able to use it yet because I don't have a VGA to VGA cable, to use with the dell oem display splitter cable thing.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

when yo find that pc that makes you know the creator is at the forefront of tech and the pc master race.

a firepro? wow!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Step one:
Create a farm in Chernobyl
Step Two: ...
Step Three:
Profit.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

If it were, the pc would last as long as the Pokémon Go Hype...

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

... or you would be some bum who decided to stick their mum's old Compaq somewhere in the back yard...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

wheres the french fries

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah but those annoying seagulls kept on stealing them...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

k

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