Building this was so much fun. Sometimes I prefer scraping something together with older parts versus building a brand new PC.
All of the parts came from older computers that were brought in to my place of work to be recycled, with the exception of the graphics card which I got from a deal with a friend.
The CPU, MOBO, and RAM came from an older server rig. All I had to do was transfer that to the Cooler Master case (with an i3 case badge already on it! Nice!) , grab a HDD and I was set. I could have kept it in the original case, but it was super huge and heavy.
There already was a Windows 7 Pro key on the case, which was a huge bonus. Gotta love used parts, haha.
The computer was originally going to be sold at our store with all of the other computers we sell, but my boss said he'd sell it to me for $135. That was an offer I couldn't refuse.
Then all I had to do was install Windows 7, bump it to 10, and install the 650 Ti I had laying around and I was all set to go. I don't intend to keep it around for too long. I'm gonna either sell it on craigslist or to a friend. It's always nice to feed my building addiction while making a little money off of it.
It turned out to be a nice little starter gaming rig. The i3 is pretty old, but it still has 4 threads and the 650 Ti can definitely hold its own. Adding an SSD would make it even faster.
Here are some benchmarks if anybody is interested:
For some reason, only 6 of the 8GB are recognized. I'll probably end up swapping the ram for a different kit.
Thanks for reading!