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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!

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

Love the build! SUPER SUPER budget builds with free or donated parts are my favorite. And, I was glad to help on skype!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I think used this would've been a <400 dollar machine.

These i3's go for 60ish bucks but the motherboard would've cost a pretty penny most likely.

Not going to complain though I love this build!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I am.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm toms quite a bit as well, not as much as Tiny.

Trying to be active on both sites more!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Taking pride in what you have. That most definitely earns a +1. I mean you could of just thrown all the parts in, cable management to the wind, but no you owned it and make it look as bad *** as it can with the parts you have. That's what I like to see! Well done.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I've always taken pride even in my worse situations.. When you don't have heaps of money you work with what you have :).

Even when I had a 610 and 3 gigs of ram, you would've been hard pressed to find me bitching much.

Sure I complained a bit, but that machine was a freaking workhorse. I knew it needed replaced when texture packs in minecraft would make my poor C2D to 100% usage and stay there.. causing me to have to restart my computer.

This machine though?

It's kickass. People say older i3's are ****. They aren't, neither are the newer ones. Just helped an online buddy build a rig with a parts list I helped make- i3 4130, MSI H81-P33, 8 gigs of ram, and he won a reference 660. He loves his i3 as much as I do mine.

Thanks for the comments on the cable management! It only took 45 minutes to tear all the cables out and put them properly. It'll be hard when I replace the psu eventually, but that'll be my opportunity to improve it more!

Thanks for the words though. I decided to peek at your completed builds and they have me drooling! Wish I could afford a 980 ;).

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You bet man. And thanks! But before my White Widow build, my old computer was 7 going on 8 years old. And it lasted so long because of situations like yours. I've been fortunate enough as of late to be able to afford some fun on my lastest build. Keep it up!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man!

I bought my Optiplex 755 for $200 off Amazon right before XP got phased out so W7 cost me an extra 40 bucks. Not knowing much about computers then (This was February 2013) I bought the 610.

Looking back I wouldn't have bought the first monitor either (Hanns-g) and would've not bought any games besides mount and blade. Could've had a MUCH better monitor, but hey we all start somewhere.

White Widow is so damn sexy, one day I hope to have a build like that! Not a custom loop, but a beefy air cooler.

I hope she treats you well!

PS- What specs were on your old computer?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Mobo: The mobo was an asus ROG, gifted from a friend that had a new board. Its probably circa 2006 new. CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q6600, half off on open box\ GPU: 8800GT X 2 (one was a bfg 8800, and the other was an aftermarket asus 8800gt, sold to by friend for $40 bucks a peice. Memory: 4 X 1 GB, OCZ I think, copper heat sinks that matched the copper heatsinks of the asus ROG CPU cooler: picked up a bad *** asus copper heatsink at frys for like $10 at the time. Thats pretty much it, besides some other pieces. Used case, cheap sound card, etc.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The q6600 was a beast little cpu. That was what was going to find it's way into my dell eventually.. I have a soft spot for the Phenom 965 as well!

Asus ROG as your first board that, thats pretty sweet! I wouldn't personally buy one, too expensive for my tastes but still.

Did you overclock that cpu to hell or what?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This build reminds me of my old xps 600, it had a Pentium extreme edition (passmark score of 1000) and a gtx 7800, a little over a year ago I replaced the graphics card, not because of performance but because I was starting to use linux and source games require opengl 2.1 (the 7800 only supports 2.0). Shortly after that my motherboard died and I decided to completely rebuild and out popped what I have now

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd gaming go on that machine go?

I think as long were happy with our rigs thats all that matters. How's that 6300 and 750 ti combo? I'm debating picking up a 750 ti from EVGA's b stock if there still there when I have the money partially for the reason I can be lazy and not upgrade my PSU.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It went pretty well, although I think the most intensive game I was playing was gmod :P the 6300/750ti is a great combination, highly reccomended gpu on the cheap.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I really might go with a 750 ti.

Sure the 270/x beats it but for a single 6 pin it sips power like how I sip coffee vs the 270 using a bit more power.. I might be able to fit a 270 on this psu though.

I'll have to see when the time comes!

gmod

I never did pickup gmod, how'd you like it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Its pretty fun, its the ultimate do whatever you want game

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I watch some videos with it.

I'm (well was.. don't play as much games since schools back up) Fallout player.

Used to run modded fallout on my 610.. good memories.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, the budget builds are the most fun!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah they are.

Putting it together was possible thanks to Tiny as I said, since I was shorting it out by using the wrong screws (oops).

I see that 5820k build you have, very nice build see and that XFX 290 is my dream card.. well it was!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management is seriously impressive. +1 for the cars on the lawn, the random clothes hangers in the photos, the wooden (Plank) base for the PC, and for getting these parts for free!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The cars are my neighbors, they own that lot, and that truck is still out.

The hanger was a paper towel holder (lol) but I don't have any for now so its behind my desk.

The plank is an old keyboard tray I use so the PSU won't pull crap into it and kill it!

The cable management is pretty good, I still feel like I could improve but that'd be a waste of 12 additional zipties (only used 12).

Overall a fantastic rig and I love it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the what the best processor in the world is, anyone else?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm confused.

I haven't watched Jay recently been focusing on other stuff, but uhm the 5960x?! xD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No.

The best processor is the:

PENTIUM ULTRACORE MILLENIA V2

enthiran

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your friend is crazy rich.. honestly.

7k to drop, is insane.. All be it I don't have a job yet and when I do they obviously won't pay me well at the age of 17 lol.

I sent you a chat request on hangouts.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this case have built in standoffs?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does! I'm upgrading to a new case here soon though, so keep your eyes peeled for the updated build of Carlos.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright I'm looking forward to it and thanks

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a new case?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The Tesseract has seen better days, and cable management was super difficult for me. I just got done building in my new case, and it was an absolute joy.

It was this case, a Deepcool DUKASE

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

In the words of Roller Coaster Tycoon, this build "is really good value"!

  • 45 months ago
  • -1 points

If you spend $25 on getting another 4GB stick of RAM, you would no longer be in the "low-end" description. Am I saying it sucks? NO! It is capable, I had a friend with a 650, and it worked well for games. I am calling this low-end because of the following reasons: 1) The GPU, the GTX650, is 3 generations old, and while not G-d awful, isn't meant to do anything more than 1080p at medium-low settings on most 2014-2015 games. You could obviously run older games such as Minecraft, FSX, and PAYDAY on high settings 1080p and get a good 40-60 FPS. 2) Your CPU is not unlocked. If you knew a good amount about coding, I'd say write a custom BIOS (MAKE IT RIGHT OR ELSE BYE-BYE CPU/MOBO) and allow it to be overclocked. Slap a Hyper 212 on it, and you're good to go. 3) For the majority of most recent games, 4GB of DRAM simply isn't enough. I tested this myself. My system is an i7 3770K 4.2GHz, R9 290 4GB 1.6GHz, and an ASUS P8-Z77 VPRO. With 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, I got about 19FPS in MS FSX on max settings in 4K. When I tested it with another 4GB 1600MHz stick, it doubled. I added a third (yes I have 3x4GB 12GB DDR3, its weird), It averaged around 50FPS.

As your system is, it could likely sell for around $350 (no os). I'd say wait until you have about $100-$200 more, then sell this PC and upgrade to something else, say an Athlon 860K, 8GB Corsair, GTX950, and a Corsair H60 (~$550) and you would have a great "mid-range" PC.

Re-reading your 4GB paragraph, spend the $25. It should greatly increase your performance. One reason for the 3.1GB used is because when you only have 4GB in, it likes to limit the RAM to 3.1 so it always leaves around 1GB left. When I have 1 stick in, I get the same thing, 2 sticks, about 7GB, 3 sticks, about 10.9GB. My friend has 4x 8GB DDR4 (32GB) gets about 28GB (DDR4 lets you use more based on my experience)(I built and set up his system, its the definition of bragging rights, like your PC compared to my PC is like My PC compared to his PC) kinda funny and sad that when I thought a year ago that my $2000 PC was great, and he comes along and tells me to put these parts together and I say okay, and feel the internal wreckage of Titan X SLI Liquid Cooled.

My point is, your PC isn't crappy. For many people's standards, like my preference of Playing all my games in 4K, yeah. I would call it crappy for my standards since the 650 isn't even designed to output 4K although I am quite sure it can. But with a mere $50, your PC will be able to do quite a bit more. Just learn how to code a custom BIOS for the CPU or ask a friend. It's a great way to get into the community.

I hope that I didn't bash you when reading this, and if I did, I apologize, as that wasn't the point of this. Just sharing my best opinions based off of my personal experiences and research.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding the 860k and a 950 and so- I have no plans on ever selling this machine.

By the time I build something with an 860k I could've just bought a 2500k/2600k/3570k/3770k and overclock it. The older chips in my mind are still very capable, and I have no reason to upgrade- I see that you have a 3770k so you know its still capable.

I'm not calling my system crappy and I see you aren't, I love it. Like I mentioned, I will have 8 gigs of ram in it once I get the money for it. It definitely won't push out 4k, but by the time I try to stream 4k my internet will be the bottleneck per say. I can't barely stream 1080p without lagging so I'm not too worried at all!

I'll be getting a better gpu and such later down on the road once I get a job (I'm a teenager and jobs are hard to come by so far). I'll be posting updates with new parts to keep you updated!

I just view this as my scrapper (like a fighter). It fights hard and does everything I need.

Nice build though, it's really nice!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! We're the same! I am also a young nerd of similar age. Alright! Well, I bet that within 10 years you will buy a new machine though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well of course in 10 years I'll be in my late 20's with hopefully an I.T. degree and be making decent money to build a new rig.

Who knows what kind of hardware will be available then..

For now Carlos is my baby!

I hope your rig treats you well.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW we are very similar! I'm planning to get a bachelor's in I.T. & possibly (it's my dream) to have a PhD in Computer Engineering, so I can make CPUs for Intel, NVIDIA, or Qualcomm, although I'd rather make my own startup instead.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into probably going into networking or data bases.. or both!

Not really decided yet upon my field, but I'll figure it out.

If you make your own cpu, that'd be awesome. Maybe you'll be the next big name!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Not hardly. If I had more time though...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I just have a lot to say!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I didn't have an exact price per say since these parts were donated to me.

I'd say in a breakdown:

CPU: $65 CPU cooler: $15 Mobo: $100? Not sure. Ram: $25 PSU: $35 GPU: $50 Case: $42 (price I paid!)

So $332 without an OS which you could buy a key off reddit.

Not too shabby!

I love it though man! It's my future project!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure!

Do you have any builds/ any planned? I'd love to see!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever need help/ want help with a parts list (if your not deadset on that list!) PM me!

I love helping people and I'm usually on my skype as well if you have questions!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you've been told this before, you don't need to have a $3000 build as your first rig. Id say make a good price/performance rig for >$1000 and upgrade from there. Look at it this way, you'll have it a heck of a lot faster this way.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL This is (somewhat) similar to a build I did for a friend.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why I stopped frequenting.

Content got too stale for me after awhile. It was all 4690k/970/290/popular high-god tier gpu's.

I love this site to death but those get stale!

Thanks for the kind words buddy, Carlos appreciates it (yes I named it Carlos.)

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Its alright!

It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean

amirite? I'll show myself the door.

It's alright though! I really was waiting to see when you would comment, since you appeared to know Tiny as well!

I see you run a FX cpu- the 6300- how do you like it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine has more motion than the Big Bang and the boat is the size of 10 of our universes. Good luck finding a match for that!! LOL

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lolol 12/10.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

High Five

  • High fives back *

Quite fond of his PSU bashing

Ah yes. His PSU bashing is hilarious.. He's the reason I know what I do about PSU's.. I used to think CX series were decent cringe. People should learn though that you need no REQUIRE a good cpu- its the heart of your rig (as you know) and if the heart goes the body too!

Being biased is okay- just know when your wrong and admit it is all I ask. Once someone proves I'm wrong I'll agree with them, whether I like it or not (mostly).

Pentium 4

Did you seriously go from a P4 to a 6300? If so thats freaking amazing!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Those old dells just won't die.. I swear.

That ripped apart computer in picture 5 is a Dell from 1997.

It's a wee bit too big, my Optiplex was the perfect foot stool size but I couldn't disgrace a machine that treated me so well like that!

Those newegg emails, this site, and Buildapc sales plus hardware swap on reddit make up the majority of my computer sales looking time..

If I had money I'd be building a core 2 quad hackintosh machine for the giggles of it.. But that money can be invested back into this rig or into a new phone (Moto G first gen 3g version for 30 bucks off ebay!).

Or even a new mouse. Not a keyboard because my K120 is quite precious to me.. I've only had it for about a month but it's my favorite rubber dome I've ever used!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad still has an old Inspiron 8000 series from 2005, had a dual-core 4-thread Pentium, 8GB DDR2, and an R6450 (added on March 2014) I can play Minecraft on it in 1080p medium and achieve about 40FPS. The last Dell I ever used that was amazing!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i overclocked my dream to a stable 5000.12 GHZ and i overclocked my REM too even though people say you get no performance boost from it i did it just because i could

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Red Bull... ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION, or is it sexual reproduction. Either way, 'it was your wife you first came up with the idea of asexual reproduction.'

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