Description

I've seen a ton of videos on Youtube where people attempt to build a PC for games like CS:GO and League of Legends for under $100. Some of those builds are decent,but some are complete junk. I saw one build where the guy used a single core AMD Sempron CPU.

I decided to try my hand at the $100 build challenge and this is what I got...

I purchased a Dell Optiplex 380 from a seller on Craigslist. The PC was $25 and only came with a Core 2 Duo e7500,a 250gb Seagate HDD. The seller originally wanted $40,but I told him I did not need the 4gb of RAM the PC came with and I'd give him $25 for the PC sans memory. He agreed.

The reason I did not want the RAM is because I had 8gb of DDR3 purchased already. The RAM was purchased used off ebay for $20.

The first thing I did was install Windows 7 using the key on the CoA sticker,afterwards I upgraded to Windows 10.

The C2D CPU was somewhat lacking in speed,so I decided to upgrade the CPU. Since this Dell has a motherboard that can be modded to use 771 Xeons,I did just that. I upgraded to a Xeon e5450 which is a ton better than most Core 2 Quad chips. And the e5440 only cost me $9 on ebay. I also had to purchase a sticker for $1 to complete the mod.

If you are interested in the mod,google " 775 to 771 motherboard mod" for more info.

My choices for a GPU were limited by power supply and room in the case. The huge fan enclosure only allows for cards that are less than 7 inches,and they must be single slot only. I decided to go for a Dell OEM version of AMD's R7-250 2gb card. I picked it up off ebay for $28.

I also threw in a 2nd 250gb Seagate HDD that I had laying around. I'll value that drive $10 since that is what they seem to go for used minus shipping on ebay.

Dell Optiplex 380 PC - $25

8gb DDR3 RAM -$20

Xeon e5440 + sticker - $10

AMD R7-250 -$28

Seagate 250gb HDD - $10

Added up,I ended up spending $93.

I have tested a few games so far,I was able to get about 70FPS on CS:GO playing at high at 1080p. I can play a lot of newer games at medium on 720p and get around 40FPS. I've yet to test LoL on this PC yet.

All in all,I'd say for $93,I did alright. I might pick up a DP to HDMI adapter since the card only has DVI and DP.

If you have any questions,please ask in the comments.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good. I really like these OptiPlex fixups; I've done a few of them myself.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

bc optiplex's really need fix ups

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that's what I call bang for your buck. +1 :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing. Nice build for the esports games and minimalist indie games!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice project. I like doing these from time to time, I have never thought of doing that 775 to 771 even though I have read about it. I just may follow suite with you in this project. +1 for sure mate.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice to see an R7 250. You should add the parts list.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked for an OEM version but could not find it. I like the r7 250 a lot,nice little card for simple gaming.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

So can it run Crysis?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. Part 1? Sure,probably would get 50fps at medium. Part 3? Barely. I think I could run it at 720p at low and get 30+ fps. Still better than console I guess.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is impressive. Super nice job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

that is some nice 93$ scavenging build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Really interesting about the 775 to 771 socket mod. How did that go? It looks easy on paper but I imagine cutting out those CPU notches would be tough.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Just be careful cutting. A slip up can end up with bent pins,a damaged board or even a bad cut as you need to use a very sharp tool like a razor blade.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

of you can cut in the CPU waffle/pcb if you don't want to cut the mobo socket (and strike a few pins in the process)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people sell the Xeon chips already modified,but they charge a huge markup. Sometimes on eBay,there will be Chinese sellers that list modded 771 CPUs for a decent price though.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

C2D with Ati radeon 2600 XT 4gb ram

Or this? +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you in the USA?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, why?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Console Killer? IDK but still +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have an optioned about 10 years back

PTSD sets in

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

fantastic job

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The real question here is, can it run Space Invader?