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I had some $ to spend so I decided to venture into the older realm of gaming. I've always wondered: how was PC gaming ten years ago? I mean, we look back at the older architecture and laugh at how slow it is now, but back then, it was balls to the walls awesome. So, I scrounged around and built a gaming PC for $50 for what would have $1300+ ten years ago!

Like always, I have a video log type thing if you don't want to read.

Case: Elite 430. I already had this in stock so it was completely free. Solid case and plenty of room (not that I really needed it, but it is always nice).

GPU: Radeon X1900GT. It's crazy that this thing was $450 in 2006. I found it for $15 on eBay. That means it lost more than 90% of its original value. INSANE.

RAM: 2GB DDR2 is pretty much the 16GB of 2016 ten years ago. $210 in 2006, but I scored it for $5. Oldie, but newie (kinda).

PSU: It was bundled with the motherboard for $15 at an electronic thrift store. Honestly, I couldn't turn down the offer.

Motherboard: Bundled with the 400W power supply for $15 and so I couldn't say no.

CPU: Now now now, I know AMD was a lot better than Intel around this time. I'm also aware of how 'floppy' the Pentium D series was, but I needed a cheap CPU to match the 775 socket. This was a perfect fit for $8. (It was $650 in 2006!!)

Storage: (I know the image is IDE, but I switched it out after taking pics) Cheap storage, speedy, and can hold the games I needed to test. I'm not quite sure how much this was, but considering it's SATA, expect expensive.

So, now the benchmarks. Every game was played at 1280x1024 (popular gaming res in 2006)

BF2 (Ultra 6XAA): min 24, max 91, avg, 67

CoD 2 (Ultra, no AA, Vsync): min 34, max 66, avg 46

Elder Scrolls Oblivion (Ultra, no AA): min 24, max 54, avg 38

Quake IV (High, no AA): min 46, max 63, avg 58

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  • 46 months ago
  • 8 points

Back when graphics cards actually had graphics on them :D nice job on the build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Made me laugh

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah back in the day were the graphics card had to be powerful enough to run the original half life game.

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Only 1867 kids will remember.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

RIP current generation :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice. Old tech lives again. +1 thanks for posting a dinosaur.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta keep it alive. Thanks for +1'ing!

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I have saved a Computer Shopper magazine from 2007 just to laugh at the prices. GTS 8800 $400
C2D E6600 $309
ASUS mobo $300
2X1GB RAM $240
WD Raptor 150GB $225

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat $240 2GB module

See, I'm not crazy!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember those days well. Back when a quad core set you back well over $1000 and 4 GB of memory was workstation-grade insanity.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The days when 512mb of ram was enough :') the good ol days

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

An article in this PC Mag says " if you have 512 MB RAM, double it for better gaming" lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Old technology is humorous. It's fun to see people utilize old computer parts in their build. +1.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I love old tech. I'm hoping to eventually go super retro

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You should try building in an old console next, or something else that's old.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, what a fun build! Makes me wonder how pointless 'future-proofing' seems.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Eggggggsssssacccctllyyy

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Some sort of invisible power supply...I like it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. The new Airmaster Transparency Line.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Red PCBs are the thing to have! :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

REDDD FTWWWW

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! I like to see things like this. My grandparents had a windows 95 computer that used to be very expensive. Now its just a huge power hog that can barely run java...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you liked it. I was honestly deciding to go Win 95, but didn't want to deal with framework compatibility issues. XP it was!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. +11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaankkkkkkkkkkkksssssssssssssssssssssss

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

AYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY LMAO!!!! I HAVE AN X1900 TOO! It's an HIS X1900 Crossfire Edition with their IceQ3 Blower cooler on it! (It was paired with an E6600 when it was built in 2006) Oh the memories...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

OMFG THIS IS FATE

I'm really tempted to buy another just to CFX because they're so cheap. Ughhh. What are you running now? How much did that 2006 build cost?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, that build was for my Dad, so I never personally used it, and he paid for it so I do not actually know the total price. I do remember the card being something like $599 at the time I believe, I could be wrong. The only problem is, I do not have a dedicated desktop as of now that can support the X1900, otherwise it would be quite fun to play around with, as it is more powerful than Intel's HD 4400 (Which is pretty sad)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

think about it over +-15 are top of the line parts will be laugably bad and considered expensive

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, I remember back then I was still making do with a fairly old GPU at the time (GeForce FX-5200 Ultra) and Morrowind was brought to its knees. Nice job man! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always good to re-live the older days haha. Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really cool! :-)

It reminds me of the last desktop that I had, which was from 2004 with a P4 processor, and an X700 GPU. :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha oh wow, that's exciting! And thank you

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, alot of the parts from back in 2006 lost their value. But cool build, very unique.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Really makes you think - will a GTX 980 be ~$50 in 10 years?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Eventually it will be less. This is an endless cycle. The GTX 980 will go to "it is a top of the line GPU" to "it's alright in budget builds" .

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Goes to show that you shouldn't spend crazy money on a build to future proof anything. It will lose its value very quickly. Wonder what people who spent 2000 on a gaming rig back then feel about it now.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run crysis?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I'm afraid it will combust but I'll give it a shot!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's just hope the Pentium cooler doesn't fly off. It sounded like a jet engine when I bench marked Oblviion

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to bookmark this and come back to it in like 7 or 8 years haha

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That too! +1

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe I see through your plan ;)

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