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UPDATE:

I recently procured a Xeon E3-1240V2 and some Phantek Digital RGB fan frames to upgrade this build with.

The Xeon deosn't seem to be a huge upgrade over the i5-3470 in gaming, but I think the build is much snappier and having multiple apps open on my second monitor while gaming has no affect on in-game performance now which is nice. In all honesty, I went with the Xeon over something like an I5-3570, because I wanted something different. According to userbenchmark's website, I have the only Optiplex 3010 motherboard with a Xeon processor in their top 100 benchmarks, so it's definitely different. There's a link to the web page with the benchmarks at the bottom of this update. All-in-all, I'm happy with the switch to a Xeon, and it also frees up the 3470 for another Optiplex based build that came with an i3. The Xeon is not listed as being supported by this particular Dell motherboard; however, the latest version of the BIOS does support it. To ensure that the motherboard recognizes the Xeon as a new processor you may need to uninstall the drivers for the old CPU in the Device Manager application.

The Phantek Digital RGB fan frames are awesome. They look great, although their appearance will vary based on the fan they are mounted on. The exhaust fan on this build is transparent and slightly tinted. While the intake fan is opaque and white. This explains why their appearances differ. I think that I personally like the appearance of the intake fan more, and I will likely change the exhaust fan to something similar. I will also be purchasing more of these awesome fan frames. Besides their appearance, they are controllable either by a wired remote or by an ARGB header on the motherboard. My motherboard definitely does not have a header for ARGB control, so I use the remote.

All together, I'm very happy with the build as it sits, and I won't be replacing it until the Zen 2 Ryzens drop sometime next year.

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11841892


For the basics of the build see my previous Scrap Yard Build. This is all the same components plus a fan controller and some old fans in a new case. Any further updates will be posted here. I really just wanted to update this one, because of how great this case is. I was shocked at the quality and aesthetics at this price point. I don't think this case has any competition in its price range range and form factor. I would've paid nearly twice as much for this case. The Deep Cool fan hub is decent too. I would have to recommend it as well.

The 200mm fans don't work unfortunately; however, even with just the 4 120mm fans working, my CPU temps stay in the low 50s while gaming and the stay in the high 20s at idle. I just wish the 200mm fans would kick-on. The GPU stays in between 60 and 65 degrees C while gaming for long periods of time. I'm pretty happy with the airflow overall.

The space in the back of the case is a little tight, and the holes through it for running cables allow you to see a little much of whats on the otherside. I am impressed with the thought that went into the 3.5" HDD bay. There is a plate that comes off that you mount the HDD to, and then the plate goes back onto the case with a couple of prongs and a thumb screw. Basically, it just allow you to mount the HDD after the mobo is installed.

The funny thing about the 200mm fans is that they are not supposed to fit in this case, and if you use the designated fan mounting holes then they won't. However, this case is covered in perforation that are just the right size for mounting fans, and you can totally mount fans using them as long as you are willing to only use 2 screws per fan. In one of the photos I have circled the screws used to mount the fans in the top of the case to show the pattern used.

In the future, I plan on updating this build with Phanteks RGB Controler and Phanteks addressable RGB fan frame. When I do so I will update this page with new photos instead of making a whole new page for such a small change.

Sorry about the photo quality. I'm not a photographer and was in a hurry. I'll try to do better in the future. Same for cable management, need more zip ties.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

see this is the kinda thing i like, few years back when i started my pc stuff i went and bought a used system with an i5-2400 and 8 gigs of ddr3 1333 for $210 and then threw a card in that i had lying around, that system died after about 2 years because the motherboard fried itself, although i could bring it back if i bought another board so who knows.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, It is definitely the most bang for your buck. I want to do an over-the-top build, but I just can't justify it right now when this will run everything I play at >60fps at 1080 on high or ultra. Maybe when the price of 1440p 144hz monitors come down in price, or I become a streamer (hahaha), I'll build a top-end machine.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd far better off getting a better PSU, since I heard that the TR2 series is well... worst-tier PSU.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I won't be using it in my next build, but it serves its purpose well in this one. There's no need for a better psu here as the neither the cpu or mobo support overclocking. Also, not going to overclock the gpu as the cpu is already straining to keep up in some games. Further, this machine stays in sleep mode about 20hrs a day, so its only getting 4hrs of use. The psu is one I had laying around. I don't qquite understand people's obsession over PSUs in basic gaming machines. If its enough, its enough. If I were running it hard continuously or most of the day then I would be concerned with it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

I obsess over my PSU because I've had them fail on me. Even in a basic workstation, a poor-quality PSU can ruin components slowly with voltage drift.

I don't mean to nitpick you, though. Your build is very cool, and I've done the same thing with front fans and other cases. It's a clever trick to boost airflow a good deal!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you didnt actually pay that much for a lot of these parts like the cpu, cause thats a rip off tbh. I Imagine this must be a very old build otherwise since current used market prices are much better than what you paid.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

im sure he didnt. he just put in the product not the price

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I had most of these parts already. I mentioned tthat in the original build page. I had an old i5 optiplex laying around as well as the power supply. The graphics card is the only bit, other than what I've mentioned above, that's nnew to me.