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