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I am slowly starting to build a new computer to be used for gaming, photos, videos, and etc. While doing some research for the new computer build, I thought it might be a good idea to look at my current computer. This one is a prebuilt from a local computer shop that my in-laws got us for Christmas back in 2008. Let me just say that this computer has served us very well over the years. No hardware has failed as of yet. I will also mention that I hate this case, there is no where to mount any other fans other than the back exhaust fan.

I wanted to get a quad core processor but they wanted between $200-250 for one, maybe $56 for a used one, that and I would have to also upgrade the pwr supply. So I went with the dual core processor that only required 30 more watts. The heatsink & fan are twice as tall as the other one. It also moves a lot more air. You can actually feel the air moving with your hand now. The new processor does produce a bit more heat than the other processor did. I might have to pull a DIY to get a 120mm fan to work on the side panel of the case. I would use it to pull air in. Anyways the specs are below. Let me know what you think.

Original Specs: CPU - Intel Celeron 430 Conroe-L Single-Core 1.80GHz: 1 core, CPU Cooler - Intel D75716-002 Socket 775 Aluminum Heat Sink & Fan to 3.1GHz, Motherboard - Intel DG31PR X86-based, Memory - 512MB (Kingston DDR2), Storage - WD 150GB HD Blue, Video Card - 32MB built in, Case - Generic Case, Power Supply - Anatec 380 Watt, Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A, OS - WinXP Home, Monitor - Acer V173, Speakers - Logitech S-120 Black, Keyboard & Mouse - Logitech Generic Keyboard & Mouse

1st Upgrade back in 2013: Motherboard - Intel DG31PR X86-based, Bios update: Thursday 3-18-10, Memory - 4GB DDR2, Corsair 2 x 2GB DDR2 Dual Channel 800MHz, Storage - Seagate HD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache, Model: ST1000DM003 & WD 150GB HD Blue, Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit GDDR3: Core Clock 625MHz, OS - Win 8.1 Pro

Current Upgrade for 2016: CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz, 2 core, L2 - 6MB @ 65W, CPU Cooler - Intel D60188-001 Socket 775 Copper Core Heatsink & Fan, Win10Pro 32-bit upgrade

Update 1/10/16: I went to turn my computer on today and heard some scratching sounds. Opened the case and saw the heatsink had the two pins on the right side had come loose. So I pushed the pins back in and all is good. That is when I noticed something good. When looking at the exhaust on the back, it is setup to pull air in. It is Also Antec 3-speed fan, had to take the fan bolts off to find the fan controller switch. I reattached the fan but left the switch out where it won't touch anything. It was set to low, so I set it to medium. The CPU temp has yet to get above 37 degrees. So I believe my high temps have been figured out.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love older builds. Older tech is one of the things I'm passionate for. One question though, the Idle temps seem a bit high, are you sure it's being monitored correctly? And does the CPU fan have enough thermal paste on it? +1 c:

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It has always been higher temp than what it should. It is only 6 degrees higher than the previous processor. I believe it has a lot to do with the case, it needs more air flow. There is just no way to mount a fan in the front due to the case design. So my only other option is to mount a fan to the side panel. I have 120mm fan that I want to put in it. That is why I will have A DIY on the side panel to get the fan mounted.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very aged looking.... I should do this with some of my old computers to be honest. But i have a crazy build old build that i am working on right now, just got to see if it will work before i add it to completed builds.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I would love to do more with it and I might actually look into it. The case is nice but the lack of airflow in it causes some big problems with the temps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I do understand that for sure.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Needs to be next featured build. Who wouldn't aspire for this ?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the builds that are from old systems. They tend to be pretty good as people have to be more inventive as to what they put together. This site has quite a few of those builds that a just awesome.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I was only half kidding. I actually really like this. Most people that put together old builds have no incentive and don't care.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you....old pc sure....but super clean ....im tired of all those dirt infused rat nests.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I open it every couple of months to blow the dust out it and make sure it is clean on the inside. I am thinking about redoing the cable management in it, that will make it easier to blow out. I have seen some of those old rat nest computers enough to know better than to let that happen.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have my E8400 paired with a gt 740... My case is a OEM POS, be happy that you can fit a standard PSU and a tower cooler.. I'm stuck with this cramped case that uses a TFX PSU... oh, I have 13 bucks to upgrade this lol..

My idle is 54 C for the CPU, and 57 for the GPU, seeing as there is only one exhaust in this case that is covered by cables and doesn't really function.

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. My CPU is running at 66 and 41 for the GPU. Granted the GPU that you have is way better than mine. I did look at the E8400 processor for a bit. We have some 2011 computers at my work that is running the E8400 and we have never had a problem with them.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good chip, except that my mobo downcapped the FSB once I switched from my old e5300. But it got me massive gains in TF2 and CSGO, my two main games, and Fallout 4 ran nicely.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see enough of these old case mods... this could be the before pics! Really.

Flip the case on both the horizontal and vertical axis, replace the drive bay locations with a big fan, redo the motherboard tray; and then you've got a modern design.

Way plenty effort, but just an idea.

Diesel, if you stick with this, you'll need a new computer... might as well

or to cool it, think about a front intake instead of a side (that side vent looks too little); just shove a fan in where the drive bays are.

Best answer though, would be to consult the budget build guides on this site. Plan anew.

If you do decide to go new ( I know you want to)...

For sentiment purposes put the motherboard and processor in a picture frame, and hang it on the wall! Less than 13 bucks...

Best wishes

LazyGalen

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't get me wrong. I am not getting rid of this computer by no means. I am still going to build a new computer though. This one will get regulated to getting upgraded some more. The motherboard is pretty much maxed out right now. So a bigger pwr supply is in order and that the first thing i am going to look at.

The side vent is a bit little but all it is on the other side is black plastic tube that goes to the heatsink & fan for the processor. If I did my measurements right (I will have to double check though) an 80mm fan will fit right in the same spot.

I was thinking about getting rid of the floppy drives and seeing if I can change out the drive cage so it only holds the HDs (I really only need two HD slots). That would move the HDs up and give me a space to mount a 120mm fan on the front of the case.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick! I also currently use a core 2 duo e6600 with a gtx 460 I got for free! You can check my build out on my profile. I just bought a psu because my neighbor needed one so I lent him my old old. It works for light gaming lIke league of legends and csgo. Both run over 60 fps however I have to downscale my resolution in csgo to 1024x768.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The E6600 was one of the last processors I looked at before ordering the E8500. I would of loved to have a quad core in there to see what it would do but I just couldn't get it to work with the watts on this pwr supply. I am starting to look for a bigger pwr supply. I am definately going to upgrade this thing some more.

I remember checking your build out, it was pretty cool, was really impressed with the $$$ that was spent. First time I have seen a CPU Cooler like that, that still had the fan in it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up sending that SSD back, it kept crashing in windows 8.1 and wouldn't let me upgrade to windows 10. So i saved some more money. I plan on purchasing a motherboard, memory, and maybe a cpu cooler for a g3258 that was given to me for free.

If you want a quad core, you can probably find something on ebay for cheap. Maybe a q6600 or higher.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very old school! I too am planning to rebuild an old desktop which i hope sometime this month or the next so I could show here. Anyways, just wanted to give a thumbs up! woot woot!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will be looking for you build in the near future.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the GPU you are using in the builds?

if you want to make air flow

try to ghetto mod the front bezel to have a intake fan be it a 80mm will help bring in fresh air into the system

also if you are getting the E8600, you need to upgrade the CPU cooler to something beefier

those Core 2 Duos Aluminum coolers are not suited for the higher clocked Core 2 Duos

the Q6600 stock coolers are the typical coolers but they are taller and sport a copper center

check my builds for ideas

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU i am currently using is the Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit GDDR3: Core Clock 625MHz. I haven't really ever put a load on it with the other processor.

The temp has come down to 37 degress on the CPU as of this morning. The pins on the right side of my heatsink came loose, so i put those back in. The exhaust on the back is instead an intake, noticed this when putting the heatsink pins back in. Also noticed the Fan is an Anatec 3-speed fan that was set to low. I had to take a couple screws out to get the fan controller switch out. Moved the switch to medium and since then the temp hasn't gone above 37 degrees.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see

while i do love old cases

i will prefer a new case for better airflow even it just improves only a bit

I redid my system from the old CoolerMaster case to the current Enermax casing

and upgraded the cooler to a 212X Hyper and i see a massive drops in temps from 80 degrees load to 60+ at most

70 degrees was registered because I stress 100% using Aida64 extreme test

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

On my new build that I will be doing, I will be using the Enermax Ostrog GT case if I can find it in blue.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

This build makes me miss 1998, when I used to play Civilization 2 on my cutting edge Voodoo2 graphics card late into the night over an IPX/SPX telephone connection with the one friend of mine that also had a Pentium 3 PC and a 56K modem

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh the memories, when I first got this computer, I remember playing Rise of Nations demo over and over and over again. I should of just bought the game for as much as I played it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

So, Antec did sell more than one of those cases...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That they did, I have seen several versions of just this one that I have. Although at the time I didn't know they made this case.