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Frankenstein's pc...It's alive!

by Gooberdad

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Date Published

Feb. 3, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.66 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

680 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.5 GHz

Description

Edit: as of August, 2016 a thunderstorm happenned in my friends neighborhood with a close lightning strike. It melted the ethernet cable in the modem. The pc still works but the onboard port no longer functions. Now it's wifi or a usb to ethernet adapter.

A friend at work asked if I could check his old 2005 edition HP that had not run for about 9 years. I found the bug in his system (see photos) but the old pc would click and cycle with only a black screen and no post. I still had several of my old HP parts from my late 2009 pc and the old restore disks. I didn't have a valid power supply and I had already used my hdd for my youngest son's pc in a desk build at Christmas.

For new parts I bought a 550 watt psu as the Pegatron Truckee motherboard will not operate with anything higher, but the system draws about 420 watts when loaded. With no sales going on, I settled on the Thermaltake. I bought and cut out one Silverstone 120mm fan filter/grill. I had to buy a new hole saw since I ruined my old 4.5" hole saw on the thick tough old HP case adding a bottom inlet fan. I was getting in a hurry trying to push through and smoked the teeth against the case metal while walking the pilot hole sideways. I had just thrown out extra sata cables after my youngest son's build so I ordered a pack. That's it. The rest of the parts are leftovers from his old HP, my not as old HP, my son's build, his grandma's unused pc parts and my daughter's build.

So this thing has an old x58 HP Pegatron Truckee motherboard with an i7 920 cpu. I used some of the thermal paste I've had good luck with for the past couple of pc builds. The quietest of this style air cooler which has several reviews as getting really noisey. Props to HP on getting that cooler fan to stay quiet and still cool well. The original 2005 exhaust fan. An Nvidia gtx 260 1.8GB ram gpu from HP. My HP mini pcie dual band N wifi card with two HP antennas which are attached on the front behind the plastic cover plate. 4 of my old 2GB 1333 ddr3 ram sticks. My mother in law's LightScribe dvd writer drive. The original front audio with usb 2.0 and 1394 hub. The original memory card reader also with a usb port. The original 200gb hdd used for data and programs. My son's 120 gb Samsung ssd. 4 new sata cables. One old Kingwin red led 120mm fan with molex adapter. One 120 fan filter. One 100 gb 2.5" hdd from am old Mac mini. One set of old HP restoration disks to go with the my old mother board. Finally a new Thermaltake 550 watt psu.

I originally tried restoring to the 200gb hdd, but it ran so slowly I had to find something faster. I temporarily added a 160gb hdd I removed from an old external enclosure. This increased the performance a little, but it still sucked. I cloned the hdd to the ssd and game on. Now this old pc kicked a little butt. All Windows 7 updates installed and running well.

I delivered the regutted pc with much better performance than it originally had to a very happy friend. He needed a pc and couldn't purchase one right now as other family needs were required. This fit the bill.

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Mason54 25 Builds 5 points 38 months ago

Can your PC do this? (From picture 3)

No, no my computer can't do that...

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Lol yeah they were really trying hard to sell those old things. Man they loved putting stickers all over computers.

Mason54 25 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

This also reminded my of my grandfathers machine I use to game on before I built mine (I'll upload it eventually, I'm lazy) with a 920 and a gt 240

personwhoknowshowtobuildstuff 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

Oooo an i7 920. Loved that cpu

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yeah with the right cooling motherboard ram and settings it overclocks well too. This setup however does not...at all.

personwhoknowshowtobuildstuff 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Ohh yeah its a hot one, still have mine running in another computer, gotten a good 7 years out that cpu

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

"It is... alive!"

Looks like you had fun with this build, despite the drawback moments and solving the problems you ran into. I love it that you donated the improved computer to your friend who needed one! You have my support and my one.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks. He was very appreciative. Wish I could have given him a better gpu for free, but that old 260 was all I had. I

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I would love to do something like this, but I can't because I don't have the parts D:, but +1 :D

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I understand. I am now down to a couple of fans and some cables.

unicykle 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

+1 Rebuild and helping out a mate! Nice work.

(I hope you didn't try to iron the bug out...)

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

It's an interesting budget build. Nice work.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks

fn230 8 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Fantastic, I love builds like this. +1 for sure.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks

Furrior 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

That bug made me chuckle, I hope no bugs were harmed in the making of this build!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

Yeah but they were all bad.

RazorG 1 point 38 months ago

Just wondering what the GTX 260's modern equivalent would be

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Should be a gtx 960.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I'm surprised it rates in that range. It's now the weakest link in the pc. I told him he could upgrade the gpu for a newer model and get great results for not much money if he wants to game. A better hard drive would be great as well.

diesel98a 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Sweet!! An old school type of build.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks. With that little ssd added it runs really well.

Ryker_Haun 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Those old hp cases cut me way too many times. Nice build btw

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah the really sharp metal sucked.

lordfisch 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

This is really great. Can't beat the price! Nice job.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah I wish I hadn't ruined my hole saw pushing so hard to cut the lower fan port. Then would just have that PSU in it.

ajcardiac 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome dude. Saw your comment on my build that's in a a similar vein. Also thought of Frankenstein when I did mine.

+1.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah. It's fun to through some old pieces together and see it run.

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

oh wow. my dad has this exact same PC, he still uses it. (i know, he deserves an upgrade from me). I'm just getting that wow feeling from this.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Shoot me an upvote if you like this!

The regutted system has been struck by lightning last year knocking out the hard line connection, but the wifi still works. My friend has no idea how well this old puppy can perform and barely uses it. Just a shame. He could slap an RX 480 or a GTX 1060 in and this joker would game well. Anyway it's his to use as he and his wife see fit.

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

oh yeah absolutely!

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Lol yeah the parts have stagnated a little lately. This was just a need based as cheap as possible "repair" build. Turned out ok. Oh my buddy took it home last night and realized he didn't have a dvd to vga adapter or a dvd cable. ...oops

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I meant to type DVI with the AutoCorrect on my phone made it to DVD

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks, Geekazoid "robots report to the dance floor...No parking, baby. No parking on the dance floor..." I think of Freakazoids when I read your name.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks man