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Too much time on my hands

by creedman7

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Date Published

April 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

Description

I started this because of well, I've got Too much time on my hands and I love building pcs. What started this off was the i7-3770. I was working on a clients rig that took a dump. It turned out the motherboard was fried. They decided to move on to a newer socket cpu. I re-used the case, hard drives, dvd drive, pretty much everything but the cpu and mb, and ram. They asked me if I wanted the cpu, umm ya! I tested it and the cpu was fine. Now on to the rest of the components. I needed a motherboard and with 1155 boards harder to find I went on eBay. I settled on a Biostar TH67+ picked it up for $55 and it has 4 dims, two sata III, it was also brand new in the box, done. I also got the ram from that dead motherboard as it was ddr3 and the client went skylake and ddr4. Four 4gb sticks of ram, plenty and it was free. I went with a SilenX EFZ-80HA3 for the cpu cooler, I used it before, it works fine and its cheap. The power supply was something I already had, its not the best but for what I'm using it for it's fine. I also had the Intel SSD already from a laptop I upgraded so it was a no brainer. Now on to the case and my biggest regret. O the case, it SUX! I got it because it was super cheap, I think pcpp shows $34, I got it for $25 shipped. This thing is a POS. Super sharp edges, I put a 2" cut on my thumb. The front panel is harder to remove then I've ever seen. Zero cable management areas. I did replace the back case fan as it was noisy and did push much air, I used a SilenX red fan that I had and it matches the cpu cooler. Depending on your cooler good luck getting hard drive in the hard drive bay and connected. Buy something else, buy ANYTHING else. After dealing with the case and the build frustrations, the case looks ok from the outside and the hardware works great. I haven't done that many bench tests, but Windows 10 installed quickly and is up and running. I did run a stress test and it had zero issues. I bumped the base clock up to 3.7ghz. Temps are good, idle is 32c and at full load its 59c. I've had it built for about a month now and its been running good.

Update Sold! On to the next project with some cash in pocket!

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Superlag 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Awesome "garage sale" build man! Lots of compute power for $200ish bucks is a super value. So glad to see someone else who likes salvaging old parts and isn't afraid of an eBay deal.

creedman7 submitter 16 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks. I love doing rebuilds and Half n half new/old parts. eBay is a pretty good way to get parts, I always buy from higher rated sellers. Plus you have buyer protection with PayPal. So far I've had good luck.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Nice 3rd gen I7 build!

+1

creedman7 submitter 16 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks! Its really pretty zippy. It was just going to be general purpose pc, it does that nicely.

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creedman7 submitter 16 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

" The power supply was something I already had, its not the best but for what I'm using it for it's fine. " I know the psu isn't great, but it was free and has been work for a while now. I'm also not sure what you mean by flipping the cooler to blow out the back, it already is. Unless you mean put the fan on the other side of the heat sink, that will hit one of the sticks of ram and also cramp the cable to the hard drive and not allow for any other drive to be installed.

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creedman7 submitter 16 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Ya, the layout of that case really sux. Maybe stock intel fan would have been better, but that's the only cooler I had that would fit. The power supply probably wont last, and I should probably be using some kind of semi modular psu because there isn't any cable management in that case to begin with.

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creedman7 submitter 16 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Is that the one that's painted green? I think I had one of those in a Intel g3258 budget gaming rig I built a couple years ago.