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Sanford and Son

by Dam5968



Date Published

Sept. 18, 2015

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We needed another work station at the office. Just something to get online with and do some basic writing and video tutorials. So I took all the old parts I could find and added them to a new motherboard, CPU cooler and put in a ssd and this is what I came up with. It runs just fine for what we need and that video card can handle some basic games if she wants to keep up on her Farmville or whatever little games she plays.

She was surprised at how fast it was (she was using a old AMD 2.1 dual core) that old 4200 still runs very well.

Part Reviews


Solid cpu does what we need. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking

CPU Cooler

Perfect for a build like this, wouldnt use on a gaming system or one your going to OC but something like this it works great and looks cool.


Easy UI, haven't had to fool with it much.


Under $50 for a SSD - got to love it.

Video Card

Obviously not for a real gaming system but works for what we needed.


One of the best low cost cases out there. Easy to build in and looks good.

Power Supply

Have always used Corsair Power supplies and (knock on wood) have had a problem yet

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tiny_voices 2 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Normally I would say the Corsair CX units are not good, but for such a low power build, this one is perfectly alright.

What do you think of the cooler? I have been interested in those China SilenX coolers.

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I really like it, it wouldn't use it in a high end system but for something like this or a general everyday pc it is great.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

What temps do you see on the 4200 during a stress test or normal use?

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I haven't really stress it yet but I will next week and post it. under normal it is sitting at 27-30 but again it isn't doing anything hard.

teddydaman1 2 points 25 months ago

One criticism, why use the FX processor that you have when you could just the Athlon x4 860k? It may use The FM2 socket, but it would've saved money. Then again you did reuse other parts, but if you had a few extra dollars, the FX6300 would destroy it in performance!

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I already had the 4200 from and old PC or I would have went with the 860 like I did in my office PC (the build for that is on my page)

teddydaman1 2 points 25 months ago

Oh alright! Besides what I said, your build is awesome!

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nice work on reusing parts and adding in with the new. Sounds like it's doing on what it needs to do. Thanks for sharing. +1

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


Funkyozer 1 point 25 months ago

Just a quick question about the grounding strap: is it completely okay to attach it to the computer case? Will any static electricity you've (possibly) built up not be transferred to any of the components?

Just want to stay safe wen building mine, thanks!

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I have built 6 now and never had a problem. Carey Holzman, who is a pc tech and has a youtube channel builds like that so I just started coping him.

sponix 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Did very good for the amount of funds used..

Absolute joy to see a budget build that looks this nice.

Thanks for Sharing !!

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Appreciate it

aludka 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+1 for the reference...

dragon102589 1 point 17 months ago

I have one question about the motherboard did you need to update the bios before you could use the cpu at all?

Dam5968 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

No I didn't need to update the bios. Sorry about the delay in response I was out of town on business and didn't see the post.