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Budget build for dad

by xacloman


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I got some of the parts from an old Dell XPS 410(Dimension 9100). This includes the cpu, mobo, ram, and case. It is actually a BTX case and mobo but I couldn't find them in pcpartpicker.

I got the power supply from a friend who had it sitting around. I had to grind some parts down on the case to make it screw in, and still it doesn't fit right. it is 750w not 600w

Got the HDD on craigslist used.

The video card is from ebay. I was using it to mine litecoins in my pc but now I don't have room for it. I had to break some plastic parts off the case to make it fit.

I pulled the optical drive out of my pc, because I never use it.

I just bought a QNIX QX2710 on ebay for $290, so I gave my Dell S2340M 23.0" to him to replace his 17".

I was just trying windows 8.1 out. I might leave it on there if my dad doesn't mind since I wont be using it, but it is definitely still terrible. I cant stand it.

So my father doesn't like his kindle fire hdx or my dell studio 1747 laptop so this build is for him. I went for the cheapest stuff I could get or stuff I already had. My dad really only uses IE and a few other simple applications. I will set this pc up to mine litecoins while he is not using it, since this card isn't bad. Also when I have several friends over it will be used to play CS:GO(50fps) and DOTA. Maybe a little DayZ Standalone but it can drop down to 20fps.

If anyone knows of a CPU/MOBO/RAM bundle I could buy and put in this case that would be awesome, since this cpu is really slow.

EDIT: Motherboard - http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Dimension-Motherboard-Systemboard-Compatible/dp/B002N7S1A4

I also just bought some used ram 4x1gb ddr2 800mhz for $19 on ebay. Going to see if that helps at all. If so, I might also buy a q6600, an SSD, and a different PSU(all used on ebay, im cheap).

EDIT 2: That's it, windows 8 is gone. I didn't even let him decide, it was annoying me too much just to do little things for him. Besides he has been using the start button since like nam.

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Grazzert 2 Builds 8 points 44 months ago

i understand you had a budget, but that power supply is scary. you could have gotten a 430w corsair cx series for like $20-$30. otherwise, it's always nice to see new life breathed into old machines. hope he enjoys it (and it doesn't burst into flames with that power supply, seriously)!

Thoryan94 1 point 44 months ago

Lol yup my friend learnt the hard way not to cheap out on a power supply. Pretty sure it was a Diablotek PSU as well... Anyways my friend finally decided it was time to get a new computer since he was using a 1 core pentium Dell PC with 512MB of ram. So the computer he gets is an AMD 8 core processor with 8GB of ram, 2TB of HDD space, and integrated graphics. Could have built it for less, but it wasn't a bad build. Plus I trust ASUS even their OEM crap better than HP or Dell.

So 3-4 months go by and my friend wants to get into PC gaming because his CPU has more than enough power for most games so I tell him to get a graphics card. So he uses his max budget for the best graphics card he can get for around $350-$400 so he settled for a PNY GTX 560ti. It's not the most expensive card, but we live in Canada so the taxes on something that's $350 usually ends up to be $4XX something with the shipping and handling.

He's not too dumb of a buyer so he looked things over again then he realized at the check out screen that he would need at least a 500W PSU for the graphics card, or at least that's what PNY recommends for a GTX 560ti. I don't think the power draw from the graphics card and computer would be that much, but still either way he needed a larger power supply because his computer only came with a teeny 200W PSU which was good for the system by itself, but it wouldn't be able to handle the GPU's extra power demand.

Anyways I Wish he would have talked with me first, but he went ahead and got a Diablotek power supply by himself. I remember him bragging to me about spending $25 on a 550W PSU when I spent $80 for my 500W 80+ Gold Antec PSU. He bragged about what a steal it was and it was no longer than 2 months after that when he called me telling me that his computer blew up. XD It wasn't a big explosion, but the PSU made a big bang and smoke started coming out of the CPU socket from the motherboard... Then he told me when he'd try and turn it on that the graphics card would spark.... So I came over examined it and said yup that's what you get for cheaping out on the thing that powers your system...

Thankfully though the motherboard, CPU, ram, HDD, GPU somehow by some act of god made it out unharmed. We switched in a better PSU from Corsair and the thing booted up normally with no hickups... So after that I only buy ASUS. They may be more expensive than their competitors, but hell man their OEM junk can survive the flames of Diablo(tek) and make it out visually unharmed. Imagine what their better stuff can go through before it dies? Although if it's too expensive like most of their DirectCU2 graphics cards then I will settle for the less expensive MSI cooler because I'm saving like $30-$50 depending on what type of card it is.

TL;DR Friend cheaped out and bought a Diablotek PSU to help power his GPU. 2 months later after bragging about how much of a steal it was $25 against my $80 PSU with less watts, his computer decided to blow up and burst into smoke. Surprisingly though all the components (except the PSU obviously) made it out unharmed and booted up normally after switching the Diablotek with an $80 Corsair.

TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

I question if he will really use that GPU... Personally, I would have used that money and gotten a newer pentium. But it is really cool that you were able to put life in old hardware.

That PSU... Ummm... Just replace it, ASAP.


Grazzert 2 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

GPU was used for litecoin mining before being placed in this, so it's not like it really impacted this build's budget. better processor would have likely required a new mobo (unless he could find a core2 quad) which presents the problem of the case which would likely need to be replaced to fit any atx mobo.

TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Forgot that a new case would have also been needed. (Unless you get a mATX board, but those don't tend to have many features. Then again, it is a dad build.) Didn't know you already had the GPU.

This is a really nice dad build though.

And that HDD... I need to start looking on craigslist more often. xD

xacloman submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago


Ya I live in a semi small town, so sometimes I can get really good deals on CL. Most of the time though it means prices are higher.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 3 points 44 months ago

If you have the money, go get better RAM and get at least a core 2 quad.

8F01C198997 11 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Second. Also, I have a Core 2 Quad Q6600 I'm not really using if xacloman wants it.

xacloman submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

just bought 4gb ddr2 800mhz off ebay used for $20. I think that's the best this mobo/pc will take.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

No, the limit is 8 GB. But because of the CPU, the limit is 4 GB.

Savaz 2 points 44 months ago

I have the original computer, and have only added an additional 3gb of ram (4gb in total), and it is still way to slow to even operate chrome without crashing. You've done a good job to get one of these running properly, although it may not be for long when that psu blows.

8F01C198997 11 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I've worked inside this computer before. I don't like the BIOS, it only allows SATA to be configured as IDE or RAID, which made it rather annoying to set up an SSD in it as it would not support TRIM or RAPID.

markwheato71 1 point 44 months ago

bin it.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

It's not that bad if a build. If you could get your hands on a core 2 quad it could really spice things up. And yeah, hate to harp, but that psu. Still, it's nice of you to try and accommodate your dad. In sure he likes it.

aludka 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

+1. I love seeing scrap builds.

Thoryan94 1 point 44 months ago

I won't need to mention the PSU because that has been mentioned enough, but c'mon man. I know your dad probably won't be doing much on his computer, but at least get him a new case. It won't really do much for performance except for improving airflow, but it'll look better than that thing and that's generally what the old folks with appreciate the most when you're upgrading/building a computer for them. It won't perform differently than before the new case, but it'll feel new to them and that's what most parents like in my experience of building computers for older relatives and friends.

xacloman submitter 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

ya I would really like to do that, but if you think about it, its not just upgrading the case.

It is a BTX case, so I would need a new mobo, new ram, and probably a new cpu.

This will not work.

Thoryan94 1 point 44 months ago

Oh wow that's a blast from the past. The new BTX form factor that was going to replace the traditional ATX form factor for all motherboards. Well that never happened and it's unfortunate that you ended up with one. Ah well at least you're making use of old hardware and not just throwing it out like some people I know would.

davaaii 1 point 22 months ago

what fps are u getting on dota?