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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrible performance for an epic price.
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.