Ahh, good ol' LGA 775. I just finished putting together a new skylake system for a friend and it's cool to look back and see how far tech has come in the past few years.
So I guess I should give you guys a little background on how this pc came to be. This is a old prebuilt pc from mid 2008 I believe that was considered broken and was going to be thrown away. I got this last fall right before school started and my brother was in a need of a pc. At the time I was still pretty new to the pc world so I tinkered with it for about a week and then got it to work and did a fresh install of windows. It turns out the problem was that the front panel power button connector wasn't plugged into the board (This deserves a HUGE face palm)Also this thing was dirty, like seriously dirty, and the motherboard manual and other papers that come with a prebuilt were on top of the power supply in the case still lol. I wish I could've taken pictures last fall but I didn't really know about this site.
As you can see in the title I was sort of torn on whether this was a big upgrade or not because, well, I replaced the ram and thermal paste lol. I decided to do this because I just was able to get my hands on a small tube of thermal compound and I figured that the pc could use it. I planned on only replacing the thermal paste only but I remembered that my old AMD phenom 9400 pc (the bigger pc in some of the pictures, which I should do a completed build of someday....) had 4GB of "Premium Nvidia SLI ram" running at 800MHz, so I pulled that out. Oh I also added in two 80mm fans that I had laying around and used a molex mod to have them run at %50 full speed so they didn't have to sound like mini jet engines.
So in conclusion I think this was pretty cool and worthwhile. Instead of running at around 45 to 50 degrees Celsius at idle, it now sits at a cool 30 to 35. It's crazy to how this pc has survived, especially that the two new pc's I'vs built this year have had more problems than this one lol. Hopefully this one will keep on chugging away like it already has.
Hope you guys enjoyed this and let me know if you want to see my old pc :D