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HP upgrade: new home for a lovely Phenom II 1045T

by jnanof

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5 Comments

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Date Published

March 2, 2015

GPU Core Clock Rate

925MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5GHz

Description

Computer was born as an HP HPE-500f with a 1045T Phenom, 8GB DDR3 ram and a junk video card.

Customer plays mostly WoW, Diablo III type of games. But he does a lot of Raids in WoW which is pretty CPU intensive.

Since the CPU was a solid performer, we kept that, the ram, the dvd drive, and HDD. The customer was given a 7950 card which prompted his need for a new power supply which turned into a few new parts.

Case: $30 with rebate. This is my second time building with this case which made it easier. It's really not a bad case for $30. Comes with 3 fans and I added 2 more. Since there is no window, I did not stuff all the cables behind the motherboard but still left room for airflow.

CPU cooler: was looking for a decent and quiet 3 pin cooler. This looks very nice and keeps the 1045t under 40C under load. I actually think it stays at 30C. And it's quiet.

Video card: was a gift and a nice one at that :)

PS: Looking for best bang for the buck and this fit the bill. I find it funny that this is the second time in a row that I used every cable on a modular PS. I suppose it's still neater and the price is the same these days anyway.

Case fans: to add intake and some blue. I searched by airflow and noise.

SSD: This scored a 7.8 in WEI. That's better that my 840 EVO. Tom's rates this very well too. I would buy again unless the EVO 850 was on sale.

I wish I had taken a before photo. The CPU is much more deserving of its new home vs languishing in the beastly HP body.

http://www.3dmark.com/sd/2844289

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4203300

No overclocking at all.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Solid buy if you need a 3 pin cooler. Easy to install and works very well. Looks nice too.

Storage

Would buy again. 7.8 WEI which is higher than my EVO 840.

Case

Good case for $30 (with rebate). 3 fans, UBS 3, fan controller. Cheap metal etc is expected at this price point. Not much room for cable behind the mobo but you can make it work. I also have the window version that I also got for $30 which was a better deal.

Comments Sorted by:

Diox 1 Build 3 points 44 months ago

I love seeing these old Phenom builds. For an older processor, they still kick some major ***! That 7950 is going to suite all his needs it seems, I'm kind of jealous xD. +1

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I remember wanting this CPU as an upgrade to my quad 6600. It's a great processor and not worth the upgrade for a new one plus a new mobo. I'd say its between the 6300 and 8320 in performance, just older technology.

Diox 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah that's about spot on. He's not going to need the latest and shiniest it seems, so why not reuse what you have?

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

You should add more parts in the list, missing some it seems.

great little build

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Was an upgrade to a HP. CPU is the 1045T Phenom and the HP mobo as well as the dvd drive.