I like to scavenge and trade parts whenever I can, even if I don't have a project in mind. So when my girlfriend asked me if I could make a cheap gaming system for our friends I jumped on the opportunity!

Normally I like keeping track of what I pay for parts so I can be accurate in situations like this where someone might want to know how little they can spend to get similar performance, but this build in particular is from parts from three other builds, and a couple of bundle deals, so the things I bought directly have their proper price, everything set to zero came from something else.

The first purchase for this build was a Dell OptiPlex 990 SFF with an i5-2500, 4GB of DDR3-1333, 250GB HDD, and a Radeon HD 5450 for $80. My original plan was to get this, slap in an SSD and a GTX 1050 LP and call it a day tbh but it wasn't until after the computer arrived my gf said no, we should get them a tower, with RGB and a lot of usb ports for all of their controllers.

This led us going to Micro Center where my GF picked out their case and we picked up an Inland SSD.

The motherboard came from a sale on Craigslist, it came with an i3-2100 which I was rather happy with because it meant I could still use the OptiPlex for a different project. The PSU also came from a Craigslist sale from about a year ago. For $200 they were selling an Asus GTX 1060 6GB blower style, 8GB of DDR4, and the listed PSU, hence why I don't have a price it was all part of a bundle which at the time was a very good deal.

The HDD and 4GB of the RAM came from the OptiPlex and I had an extra 4GB stick just lying around, luckily they had the same timings and CL. The fans came from Amazon.

The GPU was my favorite part, almost didn't want to part ways with this one as I like to collect unique parts, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't just sitting in a box collecting dust. This card is actually a GTX 760 Ti, an OEM refresh of the GTX 670 that came with Dell pre-builts like the Alienware X51 R2. This card was actually free as I got the X51 from a friend's dad who bought it for flight simulator years ago but has since upgraded.

I name all my builds after the Fallout series as it's my favorite game franchise, I named this one Big Town because it's filled with parts that were all kicked from their previous home. We were all very happy with the end result, love the aesthetic, and love that we're all playing online games together, and hopefully one day they'll upgrade their GPU (or I'll get a good deal for them) so I can get my GPU back!

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Did something real similar for a great friend of mine that didn't have the money to get a rig. Scavenged parts from some stuff I had lying around, had the 2500 and mobo, was able to piece together a system with a 760 and he's still playing on it to this day. We're in talks now of building him a last gen ryzen system. He can finally purchase one.

Nothings more satisfying to me than giving someone a rig. Especially someone who enjoys it

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

its a nice build you got there. There is a difference between "stuck playing at low settings" and "not playing at all" ill tell you this. there is a much bigger difference between not playing and low settings then low settings and high settings.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point