Description

This was a build made of entirely left over parts from old LGA 775 systems (mostly Dell Optiplex) I had lying around. I wanted to see what kind of gaming experience I could get using only parts I already had on hand. It performed quite well for what it was and played many games in 1080p at low to medium settings. After testing, I passed it on to a local teenager who was getting his first gaming rig. He seemed ecstatic to get it and stated that he was going to try a custom water-cooling loop and overclocking. I love helping the next generation get into PC building. I'm also hoping to get future pics of his progress.

Part Reviews

Video Card

One of the best gpu's to ever exist. For the money it might be in the top 5 of all time. Still today it holds a special place for me and still plays games very decently for a $50 budget gpu. Highly recommended.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Well done. I love the way you repurposed this old machine. I hope the kid will indeed do the water cooling and overclocking, so he won't only play games, but actually learn something here.

Congrats sir! Keep on inspiring the youth.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for getting my generation into PC gaming.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I love those good ol' Core 2 Quads. I made a build that was very similar. I didn't really bother and try to transfer it to a different case since I had already gotten it for so cheap, haha.

Great build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve done a couple of these in Dell OEM cases (that I had to modify to get the gpu to fit) but for this one I wanted to avoid the reverse/mirror motherboard layout from OEM Dell Optiplex machines. I also had this case lying around and didn’t plan to use it on anything else. It was honestly a horrible case to work in. I will post some info in the review.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't see many builds utilizing older hardware on PCPP. Nice build!

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

My old box had a Q8300 and 750 Ti. The Core 2 Quads are still able to hold their own reasonably well.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Another Q6600 rig! These are making a resurgence nowadays. A nice build for the money.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... I’m gonna be making more. GPU’s are the hardest part to get these days. Looking forward to Kepler cards going down even more once newer cards come out.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey that 750 Ti isn't old school. You want a GTX 260 or GTX 470 for the full old school effect :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

750Ti is old... those cards are ancient relics and mantle pieces lol. Not even usable anymore except for things like basic video output and MAYBE for low res video playback (youtube on lower settings)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The GTX 470 still holds up well today

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting... I haven't actually owned a 4 series card myself

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I thought so too

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

... Maybe he means the kid will build a custom water loop in a new system and has this for now.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I sure hope so...

  • 23 months ago
  • -1 points

Lol a water cooled peice of trash. That would be wasteful but kind of funny.

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

I saw a build with a custom loop on an i3 once...

Lipstick on a pig.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No actually I meant that he intends to do a budget custom loop in THIS rig lol. Mainly using videos I showed him on YouTube of people doing $30-$50 loops on Q6600 systems. Will probably only do the cpu but still... its a GREAT way to get into liquid cooling. Those videos are what got me into PC building at all.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

"Lipstick on a pig"

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

do u know da wae?

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for it... if you need chips you can also order Xeon X5460 (LGA 771) from ebay for around $20 or less, shipped from China, that are pre-modified to work in LGA 775 systems. I did that in another of these systems I still have. Be prepared to wait about a month for it to ship though.