Description

Hey everyone, I named this build after the robot character "Sektor" from MORTAL KOOOOOMBAT!! This PC build was built back in August 2013 with old PC parts from a friend that was going to throw away his old PC because he had bought a new HP computer and I offered $20 for it and he took it haha. I managed to salvage the 2GB ram it had and the motherboard everything else was useless. I had an old Dell Optiplex 280 sff, so I took out the 2GB ram from it so I could have a total of 4GB ram of DDR2. It is safe to say that because of my friend's old PC I learned about building PC's and all this great websites to aid me in building a budget PC!

CPU Cooler: Got it since it was at a good price and is a decent cooler.

Graphics Card: I was gonna go for the HD 7770, but then the 7850 was going for $160 after rebate plus Crysis 3, which I sold for $12 and brought my cost to $148 for it. This GPU is a beast it has handled all the games I have with no lag and even BF3 and FC3 run smoothly at 720p, 1600x900 and even 1080p on my HDTV. To think that initially I was going to buy a 6450 hahaha

HDD: I wasn't going to buy a new one, but it was pretty clear that my game backlog was going to be too much for my 300GB hard drive lol

PSU: Most people recommended that a 500W PSU Bronze Certified would suffice my needs. So far so good.

Case: I got it because it was at $42 after rebate (but I never got the rebate -_-) but it looks cool and I bought it mainly because I love the black/red color combo and it looks really slick, it even has a USB 3.0 so whenever I upgrade, it can become handy. This case was a pain in the a** lol it didn't have any space, the mounting brackets were hard to put on, the back plate of the mobo barely fit, and I barely squeaked out some cable management (you guys be the judge)

OS: I decided with Windows 8 because I already got used to it and once you buy the Start8 program, you won't miss Win7. Plus, the boot time is much faster and it just feels smoother when browsing.

DVD Burner: It is really old, I took it from an old PC I had. It makes loud noises when it starts up because it is an IDE drive, but I don't really mind since I don't use it much.

Case Fan: Just looked at an affordable red case fan that would cool things up a bit since the Q6600 gets really hot under load.

The monitor, keyboard and mouse I had already owned which saved me a lot of money. I am contemplating on buying a backlit keyboard. Is it worth it? I just browse at night and a backlit keyboard would come in handy.

This PC build plays all games I have with no problems and I installed a bluetooth dongle so that I could use my PS3 controller wirelessly and play them on my 32 inch HDTV at 1080p! I have managed to play almost all games I have wanted to play on my PS3 on this PC thanks to all the good Steam sales that keep popping up everywhere!

All in all, I built this PC looking to use most of the parts for a much better build. I kept hunting for deals and I finally got the best deal so far, an i5-3570K+MSI Z77-G45 combo for less than $200!! Now I just need to find a good deal on 8GB RAM during black friday/cyber monday.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build!

+1 for the ol' dell keyboard.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks. Its a pretty good mechanical keyboard and it still is in good shape even after 5+ years! I was going to go for a backlit tkeyboard for whenever I'm on the PC at night, but I got used to the keys and idk if its worth $30+ for it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The LED backlighting on my k95 does cause a bit of eye strain on the highest brightness level at night. But it does help with typing

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm so its not really a necessity right now I can deal with this dell keyboard plus I don't play games with a keyboard. Hopefully black friday gives me a good excuse to buy one though haha

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

you could get a led strip and stick it above the keyboard tray and angle it a little to kind of illuminate the keyboard

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, that's not a bad idea at all! haha Ima try it and update it to see how it went, thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Where's the picture of the optical drive being used as a cup holder?

;)

+1, love resourceful builds

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

haha I couldn't master it like you did, I might just spill my drink like the guy who tried after you XD

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build! where did you get windows so cheap? reddit?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeapp, the guy on reddit was selling it for $20, but I offered him all the origin codes from the origin humble bundle and he gave me a $5 discount. Thank goodness for reddit lol

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is of great interest because I have an old Dell Inspiron 530 with Q6600 processor, the MB is DG33M03, has 6 Gigs RAM, a CD?DVD Burner, the rest of the unit is stock.

My question: It won't boot up at all now...:-(, when it recently did[2days ago], it would rev up to max RPM's and then I'd reboot it, then it would work perfectly, BUT...sometimes I'd put it in Sleep Mode and return to find the PC rev'n full throttle..I "think" the MB is fried?

I thought it was the PSU, but chatted briefly with Dell techs and they figured since a light was on the MB, the PSU was still working ok?? Naturally they wanted $59 to "walk me thru" reseating all the cables/cards, but I declined..

I am a newbi, but willing to learn and prehaps get this PC back to running "if" I can simply buy some more parts[used or ?]eBay,etc.

Please advise.

btw, I noticed you bought a new PSU, I "thought" Dell MB's were proprietary? Not sure if my PSU is good or MB is good, but for sure, one of em is trash..

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

So it won't turn on at all? If it does boot up to a black screen, what error does it say?

It could be the motherboard. If all options fail, you can purchase a compatible motherboard for the Q6600 on ebay for like $30 and reuse the RAM and CPU. Yeah Dell pc's are proprietary, but you can still use any other PSU since your desktop case is big enough.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Won't boot up at all. It's probably the motherboard, will look on eBay, thanks.

ps: when it worked, I always thought the Q6600 was plenty for my menial gaming.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

it really is. People want to shoot it down because it's an old processor, but it still puts up a fight you just have to have a good GPU like a 7790/7850 or GTX 650 Ti/GTX 650 Ti Boost/GTX 660. I have a 7850 2GB and I can max most of my games at 1080p at 40+FPS except for like Far Cry 3, BF3 and GTA4 which I play at 1600x900.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

Cooler isn't good enough. Anything over 65C is 'considered' overheating on Conroe/Kentsfield.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, I seen people get better temps, maybe it could be that I used a generic thermal paste and the case cooling isn't that great. Anyways I'm about to upgrade so no biggie, Q6600 still holds strong for the meantime

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

You mean you have a 130w processor and a cooler rated for about half that.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Rated for what? you lost me there haha on the box it says "150W Cooling Capacity" is that what you mean?

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really tried saving as much as I could on learning how to build my first PC. Now that I know a lot more, I'm making an updated build :D