This machine has a very rich history. This is actually parts from 2 separate yet dysfunctional systems, one custom built system with an 8700k and a 1080ti (coming soon to PCPP), and one prebuilt emachines system with an athlon based on athlon 64, with an nForce 430 motherboard that came with geforce 6150SE graphics built in. Now the 6150SE has the lowest score of any GPU on userbenchmark.com, and it struggled to run minecraft, but other than that, what I call "the athlon system" does work. In fact I am typing this on it. Now this coffee lake system I had was great, except that the motherboard's sata controller was DOA so I had to RMA it. As a result I had a few things on my desk, including a pc with the worlds slowest GPU and a 1080 ti. I then came to the conclusion that I could do something about this system's lack of graphics power. I started gutting this system, but before I go into those problems, let me explain how retarded this Emachines is/was. The whole thing runs on a flex atx delta power supply rated at 80 watts with bronze efficiency (permanently installed of course). The motherboard is mini-dtx (mini itx with an extra pcie slot) with the AM2 socket, and DDR3 ram, (go figure) and that jetway is just a placeholder. The cooler appears to be a downdraft cooler, but upon further investigation I realized that it is actually UPdraft. It sucks air in along the motherboard and exhausts it out of the case directly. I wish I had a picture of all of that dust. Anyways, the cooler appears to be mounted with LGA 115x spacing (on an AM2 mobo) but isn't actually, on a backplate that is soldered to the motherboard. So I am stuck with that cooler. (it isn't actually that thermaltake, it is an Asia Vital Components that looks like the love child of that thermaltake and an intel stock cooler). The IO isn't any better either. Its rear IO is abysmal, with 1 VGA, 3 audio jacks, 4 usb 2, PS2 mouse and keyboard, and ethernet. Its io on the motherboard consists of HD audio (good job!!) 2 usb 2.0, front panel connectors (and a dysfunctional clone of the front panel connectors) 2 sata 1 ports, and 1 fan header.
onto the build.
It started off fine with gutting the old system, but when I tried test booting the system outside of the case all heck broke loose. The pcie slot doesn't have a lock on it (????) and it almost got torn out by this behemoth of a graphics card. The boot drive I wanted to use was the ssd from the coffee lake system, but this emachines board isn't uefi so I guess that doesn't work. After an eternal struggle with a screwdriver and a duster can I did manage to get the system into windows with the hard drive out of the emachines.
once I was in windows, I attempted to run some games (none of which even got past the launcher) and some bechmarks, which all failed due to gremlins with the graphics driver on windows 7 (my screen saver wouldn't even play because "I need a newer graphics card")
Anyways, enjoy the ultimate bottleneck!! (sorry about the crappy camera)