Earlier this year I stripped down my old gaming PC for parts, with the intent of replacing it with a brand new computer. This was going to be a 1440p high refresh beast with a Ryzen 7 or Coffee Lake I7 CPU, high end GPU, custom water cooled and running exclusively solid state storage.
However, real life got in the way and the ££££ I'd put aside for it had to go on other, more practical things.
I was getting the itch to get back to PC gaming, so decided to take an ordinary Dell workstation (like those that I use every day for work) and upgrade it to be a budget gaming machine to use for the next 6 - 12 months.
I was able to find a good condition Dell 7010 on ebay from a seller with good feedback for just £145 delivered. Specs are:
- Intel Core i5 3470 (up to 3.6ghz)
- 16GB DDR3 ram
- 250GB WD Blue HDD
- ATI 7470 1GB graphics card
- Full Windows 10 Pro licence
Thankfully it booted first time and everything seemed to work as expected.
Out came the ATI card, the DVD drive and the HDD. In went a 240GB SSD for a boot drive and 1TB 2.5" drive for storage. I had the second drive already so that was free. For graphics I picked up low profile MSI GTX 1050ti. Took a bit of cable management to make enough space for it to fit but as it gets its power from the pci-e slot it was simple to install.
Installed Windows 10 Pro on the SSD and then was straight back into gaming. Very happy with this little budget build. It isn't the quietest, the fastest or the flashiest solution but it works well and I'm able to play games at 1080p with high settings while maintaining 60fps for under £400.