For the longest time, I ran an Optiplex 755 with 3 gigs of ram and a geforce 610.
I ended up getting a ram upgrade to 6 gigs and a Gigabyte 5670.
Then one of my buddies who I game with quite a bit took pity on me and offered to donate all these parts to me except the case.
It's been running for about a month and a half now, with no issues besides dust!
Alot of people have told me this rig "sucks" or is "low end", and I have laughed at all of them.
CPU: The i3 is still a very capable chip. I have only struggled in Rust to get decent FPS and that also is due to my gpu, along with the game being unoptimized (more benchmarks in GPU section). I plan to upgrade to a 2500k or a similar unlocked chip that is overclockable.
CPU cooler: Didn't add it in description. It's an OEM HP cooler that my buddy had lying around. It keeps the i3 pretty cool- haven't seen temps above 55 Celsius. The i3 is idling kind of warm, around 40 Celsius most days. I'll probably replace it when I get a better chip I can overclock.
Motherboard: I have to confess, I have a love affair with this motherboard, next to the audio. The onboard audio died about 4 hours into when I got the whole thing assembled.. Was not very happy but a Startech USB soundcard fixed the issue and I am currently waiting to be able to afford a soundcard. Next to that, it's a very nice motherbord with a nice overclocking interface with I hope to be able to use someday!
RAM: People also say 4 gigs of ram is not enough in this day and age. It actually is and hasn't held me back except for Planetside 2 (I don't own GTA V or Witcher 3 yet). With 8 tabs open in chrome, skype and steam running in the background with a few other apps I'm using 3.1 gigs. Very capable and I'll be adding another stick in.
GPU: Another part people hate on. If it isn't the newest and greatest people will complain. I honestly freaking love this thing. So damn quiet, and does a fantastic job. At least 60 fps in all my steam games except Rust(all be it the most demanding is rust) on low settings. Such a beast of a GPU for the price! Also thanks to EVGA for hooking me up with a couple free case badges.
Case: I stand firm saying for this is one of the best best cases under 50 dollars on the market. That is my very non humble opinion. Fantastic cable management, easy to use drive sleds, plenty of screws, 10 zipties included (cheap feeling and thin, but they would work), and the cable management is FANTASTIC. Overall, would recommend to buy it. The only bad thing is the back panel will stick out and sometimes not go on all the way with all the cables stuffed it. Mine doesn't currently, but its not worth not buying over.
PSU: "really? Only 450 watts and not even a bronze rated it sucks then!" is what someone of you are moaning and groaning. This thing kicks *** for usually being a $35 unit. It stomps on the CX430's (I don't like many of Corsair's CX psu's!) and is one of the best budget units out there. My buddy replaced the stock fan awhile back for a white fan and it looks sexy as hell. It's the only downfall to some of the VP units is the stock fan can be noisy. Overall its quiet now, no complaints it does what a PSU should- deliver power and keep my rig powered up!
Storage: Nothing too crazy here. 250 gig boot drive out of my Optiplex 755 and a 500 gig that was also in that machine, but was salvaged from a broken laptop. Nothing too complain about- Windows 10 boots relatively fast, and both haven't gave me issues (the third drive in the pictures was supposed to be a Linux drive- ended up not working out).
TL;DR Don't laugh at peoples hardware, everone has different needs and this fullfills my needs right now!
Huge shout out to TinyVoices for staying patience on skype with me while I was building this rig!
Also of course a shout out to the man who donated these parts- He wishes to remain unnamed, but you know who you are and thank you for helping out my ascension. Know that I will repay you, but you made a teenagers dream a reality finally. Thank you.
That's all folks!
PS- Feel free to rip this apart to hell! It's your opinion and I respect it. If you do though give me legitimate reasons as to why you are. Any and all feedback is welcome, I'm a pretty chill guy and it doesn't bother me much!