Description

Hi Everyone

Welcome to my first computer build, named Redivivus, which is latin for "Recycle". My reasoning for this name, is that, the core components of this computer (CPU, RAM, HDD) were all gotten from a Lenovo H430 Business PC that was thought to be dead, but more on that in a minute. With this being my first build on this amazing website, I wanted to make it as perfect as I possibly could. So, let's get right into it.

How I obtained the components

So, one day I was looking on my local Craigslist for good deals on RAM for an HTPC, when I stumbled on a listing that advertised a free computer that wouldn't turn on or show signs of life. In communication with the Owner, he told me that He had taken the computer to a repair shop, where they weren't able to fix the problem. He then decided it would be best to just buy a new PC instead of throw money at an older computer. After my first communication with the Owner, less than 30 minutes after, it was my problem. I began by completely gutting the computer and laying all of the components on my floor for a vigorous troubleshooting session. My conclusion then, was that the Motherboard and Power Supply were both dead. I replaced those with components that I had on hand, and ran both Aida64 and PCMark 9 to test all of the components. Fast forward 3 weeks, I was browsing through /r/BuildaPCSales as I normally do, when I saw a user that posted a deal for an R9 380 for $74.99 at Fry's Electronics. I immediately got in my car and went and picked it up, and threw it in the system. It was finally complete.

Cable Management

I tried as best as I could with all the cables, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. Zip-Ties and Skill to the rescue. I managed to hide most of the cable mess behind the drive cages, but there are some still somewhat visible. The white cable extensions are from Bitfenix, and they cost me $10 off of eBay. I tried to embody a White and Blue color scheme, but you tell me what you think of it.

YouTube Video to Come!

My YouTube! Video will be there this Sunday!

Thank You for Checking out my Build!

Thank you to everyone who took a peek at my build! It would mean a lot to me if you took the little time to up-vote my build so I can hopefully get featured! Again, Thank you to everyone on here for inspiring me to take my budget mindset out and build a computer that can compete with some of the big dogs!

Part Reviews

CPU

This Processor is amazing, especially because the "price" I got it for. It handles, Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom editing as well as heavy gaming in both CS:GO and GTA: V.

Motherboard

This is the cheapest LGA 1155 board that I could find, so I was out of options when I came to it. Everything is supported nicely on it, and it has a nice Blue and Black color scheme!

Storage

This drive is perfect for holding some games and programs on it, but the real downside is the measly 8MB of Cache.

Video Card

This GPU handles everything that I've thrown at it. It's also my first AMD card, and let me tell you, it sure won't be my last. ;)

Power Supply

Powers the Computer Perfectly, I haven't needed to use my Fire Extinguisher...yet.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 6 points

How do people find these old quad-core i5's? I mean seriously, all I ever find in old PC's its crappy single core celeron's and pentium's

  • 33 months ago
  • 5 points

It's all Location and Luck ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Instant +1. A cheap, bargain-hunter build with photos better than most builds of a higher caliper.

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank You for your +1! I love deal hunting, so much enjoyment when you win an auction or when you snag a crazy deal on craigslist. Which is why I haven't built a crazy rig yet. So much enjoyment in the old stuff!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Please Feature this! People need to know that it is possible to build a PC that has so much potential at a price that many can afford! +10000

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You! This is all so crazy, the amount of support I'm getting! <3

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are crazy deals dude! Sorta like a sleeper PC, eh? +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, If I put it in my Pentium 4 Case, it would definitely look the part ;) Thanks Dude!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

.....did you say Pentium 4? Sweet man, I grew up on a Pentium 4 and still own it to this day! On a laptop now, but still own the thing. A whole 512mb of RAM too. With the Ryzen release I intend to switch back to desktop, and if I'm lucky I can unload this POS laptop to put towards PC funds. I'm amazed at the price you got that R9 for by the way, that's one hell of a deal. How's it preforming now? Any benchmarks? +1 btw

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I know but instal puppy Linux or use it as a server

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Please feature this, the machine proves $150 can do a lot.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks <3 Means a lot!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic bang for buck, and good pictures too. Well done for a first build, easy +1.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! That means a lot! I was trying my best to get the best pictures possible to highlight my work!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a great job here. How's this computer going to be used?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You again! I plan on using it as a LAN rig, or something that I can upgrade and tinker with until I feel the need to sell it so I can start a whole new project :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good to me. Hope it treats you well. :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :))

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I kinda wish I had your luck right now. All of it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, Stay patient, it's all worth it in the end my dude!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Add a 250 gig or so SSD and you have a great $200 build.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about selling the 320GB HDD and fronting up a little money to get something along the lines of an SU800, as I will be using this for "LANs'".

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, my kind of build .

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! :) <3

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

nice... good to see guys that also scour CL to find epic PC deals

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. You've managed to build a fantastic gaming rig while keeping the costs to a very minimum. Great work!

+1 :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you dude! I just find budget stuff so much fun :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

m8, ur pic of recycle r glorious m8!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Bro!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Very nice budget setup

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you dude! :) <3

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. This is a pretty good successor to my featured build :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build by the way! Are you another Californian? (Assume based off the Microcenter trip you took :p) Also, how is that case working for you, good airflow?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yup, I live near Anaheim. I go to the Tustin Microcenter

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah nice, I haven't been to a Microcenter yet :p Only Fry's.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some great bargain hunting, well done!

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude! :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe I've seen you somewhere before. ;)

+1, these are some amazing deals. Can't wait for that video.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Likewise ;) Thank you for the upvote, keep your eyes peeled :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This ****. I like this ****. I thought my build was good for budget but this completely blows it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro! :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Your camera makes a $150 build looks like a $500 one

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I try my best. Hopefully this can get featured so many more people can see

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How do people find these amazing CPU/GPU deals? The only things I can find are old server Xeons xD

Nice build! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

But those Xeon are nice

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! I plan on doing another build, but for $250 with a G4560 ;)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You still here?