Description

When I build I tend to insert parts into an old computer as a way to build in stages, so that's what's happened here. It's only my second build and I was actually working on this machine for my job until less than a year ago. It's only when you upgrade that you can see the difference in performance. However, with the new parts here a 6+ year old AMD CPU with 6GB of RAM isn't too bad as an HTPC.

Upgraded parts are the SSD, PSU and GPU. Probably could have saved money on the SSD and PSU but I'm thinking ahead to this eventually being an mITX rig. Could have spent a bit more on a graphics card but I really just wanted to save money and get something that would fit into an mITX chassis. Also, the old case fan would have needed a Molex power supply so I installed one I'd got for free when buying something else.

Mainly it's for my girlfriend to watch movies on while she's off work. Gameswise... Super Meat Boy plays great, there was control lag on the GT220. GTA V plays great with the settings turned down, using Fraps it says the average is 65fps but to get that both CPU and GPU get up to 100%. I've added a screenshot of the GPU stats while playing GTA V.

Cable management-wise I haven't done any. My excuses include... The case has the PSU at the top so the SATA power cables are all upside down. The case isn't great for cable management generally. The old HDD is stuck in the bottom slot so I can't take it out or move it. And, I didn't want to waste cable ties, I'll use them in the mITX.

This will end up being a budget/mid HTPC. I'd like to stay with #teamred if there ends up being some cheap mITX boards for the new Ryzen CPUs that are actually available to buy.

I just wanted to post this as an example of upgrading an old computer on a budget. The SSD speeds everything up a lot and GPU upgrade makes games much more playable.

EDIT: I've recently upgraded the HDD and moved it into a new chassis. It works fine but something definitely gets noisy, probably the CPU cooler. That's an easy/affordable thing to upgrade.

EDIT2: Upgraded the CPU cooler to an AIO liquid cooler. Much quieter with the fan in the box, awaiting two new radiator fans for a push/pull that might be even quieter. That's it now until replacing the CPU/mobo/RAM.

Part Reviews

Storage

Good SSD. Good migration and magician software. Good price. Happy!

Case

Small for an ATX case but still pretty big. GPU connects to the mobo via a cable. If the GPU is not very long the supports will not be in the right place, my GPU is short so it's just screwed into the bay and not supported. 3.5" bays are plastic, "no screw" and located close to the PSU which is very convenient. Note... requires an SFX form factor power supply, a larger PSU will not fit. Taken a star off due to cable management being non existent and the airflow could be better.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you playingnUncharted on it? Very interested.

+1 for the new tricks old dog style build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, maybe not that one then :/

Thank you! Really liked your Node 202 build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

A superb build, in my opinion. A mix of old and new, can't even say it's retro because it's not totally retro. And you got the punch of the RX460 and that 850EVO too.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Good to see it's not just me :)

Enjoyed the 955 talk on your "Girlfriend's Desktop" build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a mistake to sell that cpu! I shouldn't have sold it lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a pretty legit build, really beautiful PC! ("beautiful" as in "your cable management is better than mine")

+1

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thank you, I need pix though!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It lives!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The question is... can it run mine sweeper at 1080p ?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build - thinking about this case and have a silly question: think you could jam an ATX PSU in front of a short GPU or there is no chance?