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Some parts old, some are new, some parts borrowed, some are blue.

by eopest

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14 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.089 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61 GHz

Description

Had some parts in the stockpile, and combined them with some new and used parts to get something useful (I hope).

Card Reader - pulled from a build I did for a relative a while back when they decided the didn't use it enough to justify having in the case. I was like, "Well, don't chuck it! I'll find a home for it somewhere!". And so I did.

Fans - The TriCools I've had in the spares box for a few years; I bought a few when they were on sale cheap, and these were the latest to find a home. I've used the others to rescue various builds over the years. The Corsair I got because I wanted a PWM fan for the PWM header, and I'd already used my one spare in my game PC.

OS - I have this, but haven't installed it yet. Bought for a build for a friend, then they changed their mind and we put Win 10 Pro on instead. Right now I'm testing Elementary OS on the box, just to see what it looks like.

ODD - Because I had it, and installing it keeps it out of the landfill (and it still works).

Power supply - Bought for another build, put aside as a spare when the owner decided to go with a bigger one right from the start (along with a better card)

Case - I'm the original owner. I bought it years ago to stuff a very noisy gaming build into; when I swapped that into a newer case for my godson to take to college, I kept this one.

Video card - this is actually a PNY single fan 950, but I didn't find a listing here and this looks the same and was about the same price, so I used this listing.

HD - I had bought 3 of these on sale a few years ago to have as replacements / upgrades / expansions (just like a lot of you out there, when the family computer takes a dump I get that call or email); got 1 left now.

SSD - Bought this to replace a Crucial M4 that had to be sent back for warranty replacement just under the 3 year mark; I'd had good luck with the 128GB version so I thought I'd try this. Well... Crucial honored the warranty, so I kept this knowing I'd find a use for it some day.

RAM - Left over from an upgrade on a 2-slot motherboard. Works well and clears most aftermarket heatsinks.

MB - Bought on sale. Runs ok so far (I've usually had good luck with MSI). BIOS isn't UEFI though; means I can make it a Linux box and not have to remember to turn Secure Boot off.

CPU Cooler - The sharp-eyed will note that the first cooler in the pics is the Antec Kulher 620 AIO. Well, because of the support rod in the case, and the fact that the power supply fits in right on top of it, I couldn't fit the radiator in the rear fan mount. So, Plan B. I had an extra on hand as a cheap, quiet, effective replacement that would fit most prebuilt systems, so I used it here.

CPU - Bought on sale as a spare to get my game PC back up on a temp basis or checking a motherboard. It's been sitting for a while though and even if it's an old chip, well, it can still be useful. Even if I just use it to try various distros or Win 8.1.

EDIT - I see a lot of builds in old cases here where people don't bother to do any cable management because the case was designed before cabling tidiness became a thing. I'd like for people to see this build and realize that there are ways to do so even if the case wasn't originally setup for it. Comments are welcome.

Comments Sorted by:

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 32 months ago

+1 for the name :)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

TY!!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The title, lmao

eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! I think you have to be of a certain age to know where the misquote comes from.... :)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I friken love that name XD

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! Have a safe move and hope your internet is back up soon.

Zuri 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Nice build, are you thinking about overclocking your FX-6300~~~? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and that water cooler will come in handy y'know! Also don't listen to people telling you that a water cooler is not necessary for the FX-6300, just because it's a less-valued processor doesn't mean it wouldn't heat up right? Anyways, nice build :)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

The only reason I had thought to see if the Kulher 650 might fit is I've had it for quite a while and I wanted to see if it would still work. The Solo case isn't OC-friendly; the front intake fans are small and there's only the 120mm exhaust, the case is barely deep enough to get an air cooler like a Hyper 212 onto the cpu, and there are no top or side fans because the case came with sound-deadening material on both side panels as well as the top. I'm considering putting the parts into a original Antec Lanboy case I still have in storage; it's an aluminum chassis with a 120mm fan in front and a clear acrylic side panel; if I do I'll repost the build, as it will look totally different.

Zuri 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Maybe get a new case but at least you'll be having a great gaming PC :)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

The Kulher might fit in the Lanboy without modding (we'll see once I get it from the storage unit and test fit it; just haven't had time yet) so this build may end up there yet.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Yes, sir. I like it. Old new used and clean. Great job. +1

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you again! This build may yet see some evolution; I've been too busy to get out to the storage unit and get the other case I was thinking about. If I do I'll repost it.

theearthlygnome 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Hello. I'm just wondering, how noisy is the optical drive in this build? I intend to get one for my build, as it is cheap, and will likely be discontinued soon at the store I order parts from. Thanks in advance. :-)

eopest submitter 9 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

It can be a little noisy writing disks at full speed, but if you're playing a DVD, not at all.