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For the longest time, my best friend has been gaming on literally the worst computers such as a HP with an AMD E-300 SoC CPU. He has previously been running on my 7 year old Pentium Toshiba laptop. He wants to play games such as Diablo III, but is limited by the Intel onboard graphics. I finally decided to build him an actual gaming PC. The only problem was that both of us didn't have much money.

I ended up taking parts from old PCs I had lying around, and trading for other parts.

CPU/Cooler/Motherboard/RAM - All of these came from a supposedly 'dead' Dell Vostro 260s. I tried it with an old PSU I had lying around and it worked. I was pretty happy with this since most of my parts were Core 2 Duos and the like.

Storage - I ripped this from the HP I mentioned before. Didn't really have a spare drive lying around.

Case - I traded some parts to a friend for this steel behemoth. It's heavy!

PSU - The only new part in this build, aka the only part I paid money for. I ended up finding it on sale at Best Buy for $47.

Graphics Card - Another part I traded for. For a part that a friend found at a used parts store for $5, pretty good. I'm surprised at how relevant these old cards still are.

After I built the PC, the first thing I can say is that it's heavy! This thing's heavier than my own $2K gaming beast! It also plays games very well. Battlefield 4 runs very well.

Issues - The Praetorian isn't compatible with 2.5" drives so I ended up mounting the laptop drive on the side of the 5.25" bays. The GTX 285 gets REALLY HOT!!! like 50c idle hot. ramped the fan to 80% so it wouldn't melt. Runs about 37 - 40 idle now. For some stupid reason the motherboard can't find the CPU cooler so it gives an error at startup and the actual cooler sounds like a freakin jet engine running full tilt 24/7.

I'd say, pretty good gaming rig for $50. My friend is very happy that he finally has a computer that can actually run League of Legends at ultra high settings!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 11 points

Nice Job! You replaced your friend's potato with a slightly better potato.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I like how you think!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No with a carrot :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

This.... This is awesome!!! +1 to you :D

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

A tale to remember...nice one!

I'm surprised at how relevant these old cards still are.

Just finishing a build with the HD5870 I bought, used one for £22 and what a performer >45FPS on Unigine Heaven - Moderate tessellation.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Me in 2009: "dats A beast GPU dere brah!" And a cpu from the future. Just kidding, awesome job you did and awesome friend you are!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hope your friend is very happy

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The board not finder the cooler sounds like you don't have the cpu fan plugged Into the correct header. I did that on one of mine because I was so excited to finish a build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes every time I rip apart my computer I do that lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually do have it plugged in to the right header. but it still does it. id try a different fan, but the cpu fan plug is so damn short, can't plug it in anywhere else.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

What games does this person usually play?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Diablo III, League of Legends, Skyrim etc...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this looks pretty clean for ~$50. I bet it still can beat a console even with that price tag.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought the whole thing was actually 50 Dollars!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I was considering that the rest, except for the PSU, was pretty much free.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You should have gotten him something like a ATI HD5970 or a AMD HD7850. They are a bit more expensive but they are good cards. I personally have a HD7850 and its a BEAST!!! I am going to get a new (used) 780ti but still, its doing me fine at the time being

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish! The GTX 285 was just what was available... :(

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang. Also what games does your friends play? The GTX 285 is a old card so does he play games like LOL or something?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, LoL, Diablo III, and Skyrim.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. That 285 should do him fine. Defiantly wont do me justice tho! (my HD7850 and Ivy-Bridge i3 just cuts it!)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this friend play CS go and what sort of framerate a does he get if he does

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately he's never had a PC like this, so not much in the way of steam games. He's freeloading off my account for now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey this is what I am planning to do! Did you manage to figure out how to attach the case power pins and such from the motherboard to the new case? It's not documented anywhere so I'm scared that I'll have problems with this part of the build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Kind of. two horizontal pins on the front I/O on the board, 3rd from the top for the power button. it worked for me, but I could never get the other stuff like pwr led and hdd led to work.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

When I tried that I ended up getting really loud fans since it wouldn't detect the fans. In the end I ripped the front panel switch and LEDs from the vostro and kept them in the case connected to those pins. there's another set of powerswitch pins (there's 5 in this set) near the top of the board near the CPU fan pins that I found worked to connect the case pwswitch pins to. These were originally for the Optiplex model that shared this motherboard.

Strangely these work ONLY IF the original I/O items are plugged into the normal pins. Otherwise when the computer boots, it will think that it's an Inspiron 620 and still not detect the fans! How bizarre.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

well... that explains why the board wouldn't detect the CPU fan.... XP

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